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Tue May 12th 2015
Tuesday Evening Off-road Ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know.

Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any 2. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Report:
The warmest day of the year saw 4 of us out and headed for the Ridgeway.

We went up Crab Hill, which is nicely dried out in all except one place, then Lockinge and Goddards Brook.

For a change we went straight up the 'Jolly Green Giant' hill. It's a sign of fitness improvement that all of us made it up there without running out of puff. I remember failing this not too many years ago!

Then we went off the back of the Ridgeway down Ice Valley (with a short pause for John to fix a puncture). Up again to Betterton and we felt conditions were good enough to try the Ginge descent. I'm glad to say that this has improved a lot since autumn, and is now very rideable though stutter-bumpy in places.

For a challenge we not only went down the bridge of doom, but tested ourselves going up it too. I smugly report that I was the only one who succeeded :-)

Then back via Lockinge and Crab Hill, where I caught caught in a rut.
Distance:
25.75 km (16.00 mi)
 
Comment on this ride

1

Written by : David Yearley

Posted on : May 15, 2015 at 6:52 PM

Well done to Robin for making the climb up the Bridge of Doom drop. I tried and failed four times!
I'll now be practising...

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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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