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Sun Jul 5th 2015
Hurstbourne Tarrant 2*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
11:00 am
Start Location:
Chapel House, Weston RG20 8JA
Description:
This 65km, 2* ride has one significant climb over Coombe Gibbet promising fantastic views, with the remainder through gentle rolling countryside. The ride proceeds from Weston in the Lambourn valley via the villages of Kintbury and Inkpen, over Coombe Gibbet. After a lovely descent we reach tea / lunch stop at the excellent 'Tea Cosy' at Hurstbourne Tarrant. The return is a gentle climb back over to Ham, via Hungerford and Kintbury.
The ride will be taken at steady 2* pace with time to stop and admire the views and will suit riders who want to challenge themselves with some manageable climbs.

Directions to start: From Grove follow the A338 to Great Shefford. Just after The Swan public house take the left hand turn signposted Weston. Chapel House is the last house in the village on the RH side. Parking is available in the barn immediately adjacent and will be signed.

To help with the tea stop, please let me know if you are planning to attend.

Riders:
Chris Walters
David Smith
David Talboys
Jon Townsin
Karen Townsin
Katherine Boyce
Nick Portsmouth
Nicole Pethybridge
Richard Pethybridge
Ron Cutler
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 11

Weather:
white cloudheavy rain showers
Report:
Eleven riders enjoyed good cycling conditions and were treated to some splendid Berkshire and Hampshire countryside along some roads that were new to many.

The main climb at Coombe Gibbet was managed by all riders who were rewarded by the wide 'four counties' vista - well done all :|

A swift descent over the back and into Coombe was replaced by a gentle roll toward lunch at Husrtsbourne Tarrant.

Lunch at 'The Tea Cosy' was enjoyable, if a little slow, and the steady but manageable ascent of the escarpment allowed everyone to work off their luncheon !

The weather stayed fine until the last half kilometre or so (it may have been longer for some?!) and the sun began to shine again.

Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride and for making my first ride leader's experience trouble free.
Distance:
65.00 km (40.39 mi)
 
Comment on this ride

1

Written by : Nick Portsmouth

Posted on : July 5, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Thanks for organising it Jon. A wonderful ride.

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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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