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Tue Dec 4th 2012
Tuesday Evening Off-road Ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know.

Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any 2. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Riders:
David Brown
David Yearley
Richard Anstis
Richard Pethybridge
Robin Tucker
Riders = 5

Weather:
clear sky (night)cold
Report:
I'd planned this one to check out the route for the Mince Pie ride, plus it was pub night so we could check that out too! So first, we zipped over to Wantage via the cycle path for speed. Then up Lark Hill, right across to the A338 and up to the Ridgeway.

Along the Ridgeway we soon found that the rains had made the trail squishy and in places it was badly chewed up by vehicles. We made steady but not fast progress and it was clear we weren't going to make it all the way to the White Horse. We got to Collett Bush and turned right down Sparsholt Field hill. Then, made our way to Sparsholt and Childrey and headed up the bridleway to West Challow. Seeing a 'flood - road closed' sign, we of course carried on and were almost disappointed to see only some big puddles. Then a short spin up the A417 and across to Denchworth for a beer at the Fox.

After the beer (and DY's large portion of gammon) we headed back to Wantage. It was sub-zero by this time and the road was getting slippy. David Y slipped off at slow speed on the bend after the railway bridge, but he was fine.
Distance:
28.97 km (18.00 mi)
 
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Start Locations
WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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