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Tue May 1st 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Peter Cowan
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours ride at a riding pace of 25-29km/h (16-18mph). WILL be hilly.

A brisk warm-up across the Vale before a 2 stabs at the Ridgeway courtesy of Dragon Hill then Ashbury.

A nice roll down to Lambourn before the steady climb back over towards the Letcombes and then home.

Lights advisable in-case of delays during the ride.
Report:
After a spirited start, we settled into the headwind as we set our sights on the White Horse.

Jarv decided to find out what it's like to wait for everyone at the top of the hill - so he went ahead to Ashbury while the rest tackled Dragon Hill. Very little chat on the way up. Serious faces.

Once regrouped on the Ridgeway above Ashbury, we navigated the lunar landscape that is a typical Oxfordshire road in 2018, only to cross into the smooth-tarmac utopia of West Berkshire. Oh, how the other half live.... West Berks delivered further once we reached Lambourn, with a glorious tailwind all the way back over Hackpen Hill.

At Letcombe, it was decided to transfer Ride Leadership to P.Ward (after being sufficiently briefed on how to navigate back to Grove) as he was the sole returnee to OMH and the original RL's fingers had turned blue due to poor glove choice.

All riders home before dark. Some lights were used towards the end due to the gloom.
Distance:
50.00 km (31.07 mi)
 
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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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