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Sun Dec 21st 2014
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Leader:
Katherine Boyce
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
A ride down on the Thames plain to reduce the amount of climbing to a minimum. We'll go out via Kingston Bagpuize and stop for a late breakfast at Linch Hill Fishery. We'll then go round the top of Witney, through Minster Lovell and stop for lunch at Bampton.

After lunch we'll return via Faringdon and Uffington. Although we will have the option to dash back to Wantage via Buckland should conditions require it.

We will need to finish the ride by 3.30 as this is the shortest day but hopefully this will give everyone time for coffee in Costa on our return.

With sunset being early, please ensure you have good quality lights with you. I will be checking the forecast regularly and will post here if the weather means the ride has to be cancelled. If there is nothing here by 8.30am on the morning of the ride it will be running.
Riders:
Andy Pixton
Chris Rolls
Chris Walters
David Smith
David Talboys
Katherine Boyce
Nick Stokell
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 8

Weather:
light rain showerswindy
Report:
Despite the weather forecast suggesting it wouldn't be too bad, it was a pretty miserable morning, not quite raining, more leaking from over full clouds, windy and cold. Despite that 8 of us set out from the market square, including first time rider with the club, Chris (hope to see you again Chris). A strong group meant we made good time to the first stop, freshly made bacon and / or egg rolls and small fry ups with mugs of tea or coffee awaited us and very welcome they were too. As we'd approach the Linch Hill Fishery for breakfast, we'd observed a deer running alongside us in an adjoining field and disturbed a heron sitting patiently at the roadside.

Then back into the weather, we swept through some very pretty and atmospheric villages, before skirting the west of Witney. The increasingly undulating roads didn't stop us from making good time to the café at Bampton for a leisurely lunch stop.

We emerged from the café to discover the drizzle had stopped and proceeded into the wind to Faringdon. Chirs W and David S did a heroic job of shielding us from the wind and I proceeded to lead from the back (there was almost a hill!). By the time we were on 'our side' of the A420, the sun was almost out and the views of the White Horse gradually emerged from the greyness.

Having said goodbye to Nick at Windmill Hill, we made the Civic Hall car park well before 3. 5 of us went on to Costa for cake, I am convinced I consumed more calories than I expended on this ride ;).
Distance:
80.00 km (49.71 mi)
Ride Details:
http://www.strava.com/activities/234085928
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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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