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Sun Aug 9th 2015
Boulter's Bash 3*
Leader:
Nick Dunton
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
Pangbourne
Description:
3* special starting in Pangbourne and following the route of the Boulter's Bash audax. 107km with five major Chilterns climbs in the first half. Second half of the route is flatter, if less picturesque. Ride is a "3* all day ride", so reasonable pace throughout but no racing and we'll re-group at the top of hills.

We will stop for lunch stop at Jenner's Café, Riverside Gardens, Maidenhead - http://www.jennerscafe.com/index.php

Start 9.30 a.m. in Village Hall carpark, Pangbourne [on main road, on right just after passing under railway bridge and opposite the Bentley showroom]; free parking Sunday. NB this is a different carpark from previous years, with toilets!

Route: Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Goring Heath, Chazey Heath, Toker's Green, Kidmore End, Sonning Common, Bolt's Cross, Greys Green, Bix, Middle Assendon, Skirmett, Frieth, Marlow, Winter Hill, Cookham, Maidenhead, Bray, Holyport, Moneyrow Green, Touchen-End, Paley Street, Shurlock Row, Winnerish, Arborfield Cross, Spencer's Wood, Grazeley Green, Theale, Bradfield, Pangbourne.
Riders:
Andy Pixton
Chris Walters
David Talboys
Ian Moore
James Blagden
Jason Jones
Karen Robertson
Katherine Boyce
Louis Hall
Mark Irons
Michael Hardiman
Nick Dunton
Nick Stokell
Richard Kidd
Riders = 14
Report:
Excellent route. Excellent weather. Excellent company. Good to welcome a strong contingent from Reading CTC and some new faces. The Chiltern ascents in the first section were as challenging as ever: up and down! The Bix descent was used as an “up” by the off-road ride on Saturday – an indication of the state of the road surface! Jenner’s provided excellent refreshment, and we took a much-needed ice-cream stop in Theale. We upped the pace a little on the flatter, afternoon sections – despite a headwind - until the nasty rollers before Bradfield slowed the peloton. Some of us were hanging-on with gritted teeth on the switchbacks through Dark Lane before we reached the final swoop down Pangbourne hill. Thanks to the sweepers: Andy, Dave, Louis, Chris, Nick.
Distance:
107.00 km (66.49 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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