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Tue May 30th 2017
Tuesday 2* Evening Ride 2*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

A change of direction this week as we head North to Appleton. A slightly longer (23 miles) but largely flat route. Out via Lyford and Southmoor, we'll stop for a rest by the picturesque village pond in Appleton. On our return we'll take a little used cut-through to avoid the A420 roundabout before joining the A338 for about a mile to Tubney. Then back via Fyfield and Charney Bassett.
There will be an optional stop at The Fox in Denchworth at the end of the ride. Please bring lights if planning to cycle home after the pub stop.
A very pleasant evening on the bike followed by equally enjoyable company over a drink or dinner in the Fox.
12 riders set off from OMH to be joined by Robert at the Winter Lane cross-roads. Welcome to Claire on her first ride with us and riding a road bike for the first time too.
We rode steadily out to Southmoor, crossing the A420 for the first time using the bridleway bridge. Then turning eastwards, we benefitted from the breeze on our backs as we followed the watershed road (as I call it) out to Appleton. We had a rest by the war memorial, the pond proving not to be so picturesque this year due to the green algae. The cut-through and A420 crossing south of the village were new to everyone :-) and after a short stretch on the A338 we were soon back on quieter roads, continuing through Tubney to take the underpass under the A420 into Fyfield, where we crossed the A-road for the fourth time,.
At Fyfield layers were added as the evening was cooling, but soon the sun finally broke through properly to bathe us in golden evening light. Unfortunately, we couldn't linger as we needed to get to the pub, and we arrived at 8:48 just in time for some of us to eat.
Well done to those completing their longest rides so far of the season. Thanks to all for your amiable company and to Tony for sweeping.
38.62 km (24.00 mi)
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Start Locations
Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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