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Sat Mar 7th 2015
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 3*
Leader:
Chris Walters
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Monthly 60-70km (38-45 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). Likely to visit distant destinations. Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing likely.

Quite "hilly" - a good starter for the season, weather permitting. Setting out along Icknield Way past Bishopstone and down in Aldbourne for a coffee stop at Cafe Bella in Ramsbury. Return journey via Chilton Foliat and the A338 through Great Shefford.

Bring lights just in case!
Riders:
Alan Delaney
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Nick Portsmouth
Richard Preece
Richard Saunders
Simon Payne
Riders = 7

Weather:
sunny intervalswindy (fine)
Report:
The official riders from today might notice and extra name - Richard Preece was very thoughtful and not thinking much of his early-year conditioning, decided to set out an hour before the official ride. Very thoughtful, and I'm sure you'll be back up to speed Richard!

Sadly Nick struggled with hills and wind (and it was damn windy!) and left the ride at Childrey to get his breath back and enjoy the sunshine in the Vale.

The rest, well we ploughed on along the spring line before the harsh (into the wind) climb at Fox Hill and enjoyed the almost empty lanes into Aldbourne and beyond. On arrival at Cafe Bella in Ramsbury, there was a De Lorean (car from Back To The Future) parked outside, in all its' aluminium finery.

A good cuppa later, the Ax Valley warmed us up until the climb up Stag Hill, and then the decent on the A338 into Great Shefford. Climbing up to the top of Manor Hill was somewhat easier than usual, with a rather, but belated, tailwind.

Just Manor Hill to end the ride, and a couple of bouts of speed shimmy (perfect conditions - smooth road, mudguards, tailwind and 77km/h) made it all rather interesting....

Distance:
71.60 km (44.49 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/264644437
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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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