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Tue Sep 5th 2017
Tuesday 3* Evening Ride 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.

As this is the last Tuesday road ride of the season, we'll take a trip out to visit White Horse hill, one last time. With the exception of the emblematic climb the 37km route is as flat as a flat thing (apart from a bit of the Springline!) - out via Childrey and Westcot and back via Uffington and Goosey . The nights are shortening so lights are essential for the latter part of the ride.
Report:
A seemingly mild September evening brought out the crowds for the last Tuesday ride of the 2017 season. A group of 16 riders suggested an early split into two groups, so thanks to Karen, Katherine, Jane and David for volunteering for second ride / sweeping duties.

A brisk trip to White Horse Hill seemed an appropriate way to end the season and all was going fine until we reached our destination - which was shrouded in drizzle (a portent of what was to come!).

As the first group reached the bottom a glimmer of sun appeared on the horizon - but too late to enjoy (the second group got the full benefit I'm told).

On the homeward stretch through Uffington, the wind got up, the clouds gathered and the rain began to fall. The second half of the ride was focused on 'getting back' but not without the chance to chat and enjoy the company - thanks to everyone.

All arrived back safe and sound with no mechanicals - just a bit cold and wet!!!

Roll on next summer....
Distance:
37.00 km (22.99 mi)
 
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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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