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Sat Sep 9th 2017
Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
Crowmarsh Gifford, outside Primary School OX10 8EN
Description:
We'll start along Grim's Ditch - a brilliant mile of singletrack built by the Vikings (Grim is a name for Odin). Then we'll hammer up the hills like Thor and ride down like Valkyries. Or something.

Actually, this may be a bit more of an IKEA ride, because I will assemble it as we go along depending on the group and weather to maximise the enjoyment for all ;-)

General description:
Monthly off-road ride for those who like their rides bumpy and (sometimes) muddy on second Saturday mornings.
The rides will be about 20 miles, mostly off-road, and aim to finish in time for a late lunch (whether together or heading for home). We adjust the ride to suit the riders and the weather, but in general the terrain will be rough, so a mountain-bike in good condition and with knobbly tyres is recommended.
Riders:
David Brown
Katherine Cook
Robin Tucker
Riders = 3

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Wow, what a ride! We saw some great parts of the Chilterns but it was quite muddy in places.

As promised, we started and ended with Grim's Ditch - always a favourite! Then a bit of road and a big climb up to Cookley Green. From there we ran downhill on a gentle sloped twisting trail for a good 2 miles!

Of course, we paid in climbing partly in advance and partly afterwards, so we decided to stop for coffee and cakes at The Field Kitchen in Nettle bed. Yum :-)

Then we set off of the second half of our loop, a bit muddier than the first, but we kept going! It included the excellent run down through Hammond's Wood just north of Woodcote.

A few drops of rain, just as we returned on Grim's Ditch. All tired, all smiles :-)
Distance:
41.84 km (26.00 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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