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Tue Aug 28th 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Jan McCabe
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph).
Not too long, but has a couple of climbs as we will undulate through the Letcombes before ascending to Sparsholt Firs, which we'll take very gently (I'm planning to bring my single speed, so you'll need to wait for me at the tops, I may have to walk :-) ). From there we descend to Sparsholt, potter along the springline before another lovely descent through Kingston Lisle, then final flat few miles to Denchworth, where there is an optional stop for refreshment at the Fox. There will not be a led ride back to Grove. And remember you will almost certainly need lights if you are cycling back to OMH post-pub.
Report:
A select group of 8 choose to do the 2*, a few people commented at the start that they were planning to do the 3* as it was flat so seemed easier! Although there were some ups on the 2* it was done at a gentle pace and everyone kept up without any difficulty. As we went through the Letcombes, we had a great view of the deer in their field on the right, there must have been around 100 of them, and the stag with his antlers looked magnificent!

Having undulated through the letcombes and then climbed up to Sparsholt Firs, we were rewarded by some lovely downhills as we swooped down to Sparsholt, and later down through Kingstone Lisle and a flat final few miles getting to the Fox just as it was getting dark
Distance:
29.00 km (18.02 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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