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Sat May 21st 2016
Easy Saturday Afternoon Ride from Grove 1*
Leader:
Nick Portsmouth
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Monthly 16-32km (10-20 miles) family and social afternoon rides, usually with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 13-16km/h (8-10mph). Occasional short or gentle climbs.

For my first ride as leader, we'll travel along the cycle path between Grove and Wantage, passing through Charlton before joining Route 544. We'll then follow this route through Lockinge and Ginge, and on to East Hendred. Please note that at Ginge, we'll be travelling along a farm track which is quite potholed in places and so particular care should taken. I've not ridden it on a road bike but I've not heard of anyone having any puncture problems.
After passing through East Hendred, we'll travel along a short part of the A417 before turning onto Featherbed Lane and our tea stop at Q Gardens Tea Room at Milton Hill. Our return to Grove will then take us down Steventon Hill, and on to East & West Hanney and finally Denchworth.
Riders:
Karl Blake
Louise Moggach
Maeve Moggach
Marielle Moggach
Martin Hook
Nick Portsmouth
Sarah Dore
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Riders = 9

Weather:
cloudy with light rainwindy
Report:
We were pleased when we set off from the OMH that the forecast torrential rain had failed to appear and with Marielle & Maeve looking cosy in their buggy, we headed off to Denchworth. Following Steve Swanton's advice we travelled in the opposite direction to the advertised route so that the wind was behind us as we cycled across Cow Common. After we'd climbed Steventon Hill (a first for Sarah), we arrived at the Q Gardens tea shop, amazingly without having encountered any rain. All that changed as we got under cover just as the heavens opened. The service at the tea stop was very efficient and we were soon off again along Featherbed Lane. We had a wet second half of the ride back to Grove and when we arrived back, we all agreed that we'd had a very enjoyable afternoon.
Distance:
29.77 km (18.50 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/9067859
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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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