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Sat Nov 22nd 2014
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 2*
Glen Savegar
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Monthly 45-55km (30-40 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

Because of the reduced winter daylight, todays ride will be at the lower end of our distance guidelines. We will explore the quiet roads west of Wantage, calling off for tea at Letcombe Regis Cafe.

Route- OMH, Denchworth, Goosey, Baulking, Woolstone, Uffington, Kingston Lisle, Westcot, Sparsholt, Childrey, Letcombe Bassett, Letcombe Regis (Tea), Wantage, Lockinge, Lains Barn, OMH.

A couple of climbs along the way, but always at a pace to suit everyone, with time to pause and enjoy the surroundings.

Expect a prompt 1.00pm departure from OMH to make best use of the available daylight, and ensure we arrive at the cafe in good time. Please check your lights are fitted and working for the homeward stretch.

Approx- 28.5 miles (46 kms)
Barry Gills
Brian Hipwell
David Bridge
Glen Savegar
Michael Tayler
Robin Tucker
Riders = 6

light rain showerscloudy with heavy rain
With the forecast of heavy afternoon rain, it wasn't looking too promising. However, other than a light misty shower approaching Baulking, we seemed to escape the deluge pretty well considering, although the surface water on the roads approaching the springline villages was proof that this was more down to luck than planning.

A really enjoyable afternoon with fine company and a good steady pace, saw us arrive at Letcombe Regis just after 3.00pm. The cafe is a super little venue and just perfect for a winters afternoon ride where fading light is an issue. A direct return saw us arriving back at OMH by 4.00pm where we were treated to the promised heavy showers, but by this time the ride was completed and we were past caring... :-)

Thanks everyone!

Glen S
37.59 km (23.36 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.
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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