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Sat Jan 27th 2018
Saturday Half Day Ride 2*
Karen Townsin
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

A trip West today to visit the excellent Bloomfields Deli and Cafe in Shrivenham.
We'll head out through Goosey and Uffington and back through Fernham, Stanford-in-the-Vale and Denchworth.

This is a relatively long ride for the time of year 47.6km/29.5miles, but pretty flat, so I'll aim to keep the pace to the upper end of the 2* range.
We should make it back before sunset, but it will be tight, so please make sure that you bring lights to be seen by.
Wow - what a hardy lot Wantage riders are! :| It was great to have so many of you out supporting the ride in such conditions. I'd not imagined needing the new rider documentation either, so welcome James and chapeau to you.

In the face of weather conditions, larger numbers than expected and an early puncture - thanks Roger for your help and amazing thumb strength - I decided to forgo the Shrivenham stop and try Farmer Gow's cafe, which was warm and welcoming and whilst the cakes weren't quite up to the Deli standard, the muffins were surprisingly good.

Thanks to everyone for your company and flexibility and to Jon for back marking.
38.50 km (23.92 mi)
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Written by : John Tranter

Posted on : January 28, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Thanks, Karen! It was so nice to be out in the Vale - and a great group.

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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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