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Sat Apr 13th 2013
Back On Your Bike Ride 2013 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Please Note 2pm Start time.

Our Annual Spring Ride aimed at those who haven't been cycling much over the winter and want to get out on the bike again. Friends, families and newcomers very welcome.

This will be a gentle ride of about 2 hours around the quiet lanes of the Vale of White Horse visiting the villages of Lyford, Charney Bassett, Stanford and Denchworth. We'll stop regularly to catch our breath and take in the views and we'll a stop by the shop in Stanford-in-the-Vale for refreshments (or ice creams) about 2/3rds of the way round.
Brian Hipwell
John Tranter
Judith Agnew
Kerry Tucker
Lorna Swanton
Matthew Quartermain
Phil Jeffery
Richard Preece
Robin Tucker
Stephen Quartermain
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Riders = 12

cloudy with light rain
Despite the forecast for rain, there was a good turnout of 12 (hardy) riders for this years BoYBR. Sadly no newcomers this year, but Kerry did claim to be getting back-on-her bike due to all the recent wintry weather.
It was raining only gently when we started, and although the rain persisted throughout, was never too heavy (and unlike last year, no hail and it wasn't cold).
We rode the route as planned, taking a brief rest sheltering under the trees by the church in Lyford and an enforced rest for a puncture stop just entering Stanford. This was my first puncture in something like 3 years. ...
We had already decided that rather than stop at the shop we would continue to the Fox for refreshments in the dry. However, it was something of a surprise to find the pub closed (now from 2pm on both Sat and Sun). So we continued back to Grove and several came back to our house for tea - thanks to Robin and Kerry for the lovely cakes purchased from the bakers.
Thanks to everyone for coming and making it such a convivial ride. Roll on the Spring!
24.94 km (15.50 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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.
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4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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