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Tue Sep 5th 2017
Tuesday 1* Evening Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Our leisurely and sociable 10-mile club rides are designed specifically with adult newcomers to cycling and youngsters in mind, or those who just want some relaxed and sociable exercise. We cover a distance of about 10 miles at a gentle pace of 8-10 mph, following quiet country lanes and the occasional easy off-road track. We stop regularly to catch our breath, to take in the views and anything that takes our interest along the way.

Sadly, our last 1* evening ride of the season. We'll make a tour of the Vale, heading out through Denchworth to Lyford and Charney Basset with a possible detour to Goosey on the way back if the light holds. Lights are recommended and you may need them for your ride home.
Report:
9 riders for our last outing of the season on what started off as a fine evening - the weather icons tell the story! It was great to see Andy Cowan back on his bike and a warm welcome to Lorna on her first ride with the club.
All was fine as we made our way out to Lyford, then as we turned towards Charney we could see a large bank of grey cloud gathering ahead, which had hidden the sun. Everyone was wearing their optimists hat ("No, it's not going to rain";), so we went for the Goosey detour despite the fading light (importantly everyone had good lights).
As we passed the Asti stud turn and continued into Goosey, there was light rain in the air. We pulled off the road for a breather and shortly after the rain came on in earnest. Fortunately, there was a convenient hole in the bushes for shelter. After a few minutes, the sun came out from beneath the cloud and a rainbow could be seen to the East (sadly we have no icon for this!). Quickly the rain passed and we set off back towards Denchworth with a fine trail of reflected red lights on the road and the setting sun behind us.
After some respite on the ride back to Denchworth, alas amongst the deepening gloom, a further shower caught us and it really was quite wet for the final 2 miles home. Riders peeled off as we came into Grove calling out their goodbyes as they headed off. Thanks everyone for your good humour in the face of the changing conditions.
So a soggy end to the Tuesday season, but don't forget that our monthly Easy Saturday rides continue throughout the year to which all are welcome. See you soon...
Distance:
18.51 km (11.50 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/17505691
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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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