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Sat Apr 21st 2018
Back-on-your-Bike Ride 2018 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Our Annual Spring Ride aimed at those who haven't been cycling much over the winter and want to dust off their bike and get the pedals turning again. Newcomers will be very welcome and it's an opportunity for club members to bring family and friends. Please note that children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

This year's ride will follow an essentially flat route around the lanes of the Vale of White Horse visiting the pretty villages of Lyford, Charney Bassett and Stanford-in-the-Vale, a round trip of about 15.5 miles. We'll have a refreshment stop on the Church green at Stanford - please bring a snack and a drink to slake your thirst.
At last, a Saturday 1* in good weather! Although we had no newcomers or families this year, quite a number were on their bikes for the first time in 2018. It was great to see everyone again.

The lanes of the Vale were in fine spring colour with trees and bushes either coming into leaf or into blossom. It was lovely to enjoy at leisurely pace. We had a short stop in Lyford (when several riders took then opportunity to look in the small village church) and a picture stop on the green in Charney Bassett before continuing on to Gainfield and Stanford-in-the-Vale. As we pulled into church green in Stanford for our refreshment stop, the church bells rang out as if to welcome us. There was a throng gathered in the churchyard for a tree planting ceremony to mark a significant anniversary for the church bells.

Suitably refreshed we continued on to Park Lane. There were a few drops of rain in the air as we turned into the Asti stud road, but these soon petered out and there was even a splash of sunlight as we returned to Grove.

Thanks everyone for your company on an enjoyable ride. Roll on the Tuesday evening 1* rides...
24.94 km (15.50 mi)
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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.
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