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Tue Aug 14th 2018
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
This week an extended variant of a Tuesday 1* favourite. We'll head to Lockinge and Betterton, first taking a cunning back route using paths and back roads through Wantage. From the top of the hill at Betterton we have a lovely long descent down to Ardington, then after a short steady climb a second descent into the Vale past Lains Barn. We'll return to Grove via the Thames Water Road and Cow lane (an easy off-road track). A round trip of 13 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
Lorna Swanton
Matt Baines
Steve Swanton
Thiyanga Kotecha
Riders = 6

Weather:
sunny
Report:
A beautifully sunny if breezy evening saw 6 of us out on the 1* ride. A warm welcome to Matt on his first ride with us.
The ride was at the upper end of the Tuesday 1* range with its combination of more ups and downs, some off-road and a slightly higher pace than average, with which everyone coped well. Nevertheless, we still had a number of stops to rest and enjoy our surroundings, most notably on the bridge overlooking the pond and church at Lockinge.

By the time we reached the top of the hill above Lains Barn, the tree tunnel ahead on the descent was becoming pretty gloomy and combined with the low sun, it was necessary to put lights on. After the great descent, we had a stiff headwind to contend as well as the low sun as we wound through the fields back to the A338. Here Carin decided to head straight home, while the rest of us continued over the railway bridge and turned off onto the Thames water road (second turning on left) , which has one of the nicest surfaces around. By the sewage works, the road turns into a track that leads up onto the Hanney lane bridge. From the top we looked down on the old Monk's farmhouse, boarded up, and the surrounding fields that will soon be developed as part of the new estate.

We were back in Grove just before sundown after a most enjoyable evening out. thanks everyone for your company.
Distance:
20.60 km (12.80 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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