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Tue Jun 5th 2018
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
This week, a longer but essentially flat loop around the Vale visiting Denchworth, Charney Bassett and Stanford-in-the Vale, returning via 'Park Lane'. A round trip of about 14 miles.

Our leisurely and sociable 10-mile club rides are designed specifically with adult newcomers to cycling and youngsters in mind, or those who just want some relaxed and sociable exercise. We cover a distance of about 10 miles at a gentle pace of 8-10 mph, following quiet country lanes and the occasional easy off-road track. We stop regularly to catch our breath, to take in the views and anything that takes our interest along the way.
Riders:
Carin Tranter
Diana Whidborne
Douglas Gunn
Kirsty Gunn
Lorna Swanton
Martyn Wigmore
Paul Penfold
Steve Swanton
Riders = 8

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
An evening that just seemed to get nicer and nicer the longer we were out.

Apart from a close shave for me with an impatient overtaking motorist as we approached Charney Bassett, an otherwise straightforward ride to Stanford with a nice tailwind on the way to Gainfield cross-roads. We took a break on Stanford church green beside the church, a most pleasant spot. I would thoroughly recommend a walk around the churchyard next time. Tonight the long grass (set aside for wildlife) and a large chestnut tree were beautifully back-lit in the evening light.

Approaching Park Lane, we found the road to be closed for resurfacing. Nothing ventured... we started along it to see whether we could get through, soon coming up to recently laid but dry tarmac. Lovely. Further on, the old road had been partly scraped away in preparation for the new surface, so a few lumps and knobbles to contend with, but nothing as bad as some of our potholed town roads. We were soon through to Goosey Wick without hold-up.

Back in Grove about 8:15 after a most relaxed ride. Thanks everyone for coming and to Martyn for unofficial sweeping duties.
Distance:
23.01 km (14.30 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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