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Sat Jul 21st 2018
Cycling UK Wantage 25 year Celebration - Off Road 2*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
12:45 pm
Start Location:
Start at 12:45 so we are not in a rush. Route is 14 miles via the canal and Ridgeway, with great views.

This year sees our cycling club reach its' 25 years anniversary.
To mark the event a series of rides will leave Old Mill Hall and convene at The Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall in Uffington for a celebratory Coffee Tea and Cake fest before cycling back to Grove.

Off Road ride at a gentle pace, trying not to get too muddy before the celebratory cakes!
Andy Cowan
David Brown
David Yearley
Jerry Pride
Robin Tucker
Stan Cowan
Riders = 6

A few of us with baggy shorts and knobbly tyres gathered in a sea of lycra for the Anniversary ride on a very sunny Saturday 21st July. The only rain for weeks had dried from the roads, and we were a bit worried what it had done to the Ridgeway. Fortunately, it had just left a few puddles to dodge - the rest had soaked in or dried up already.

We started off along the canal path to Challow, then up Windmill Hill and over to Letcombe, and up again on the testing Gramps Hill. That was the big climbing done and we rolled along the top of the ridge in the sun at a steady pace.

We met Karl, waiting for the 2* ride as we crossed the A338, and then took advantage of one of the water taps to refill bottles. Unusually a horse and cart part-blocked one the preferred side-track just after this, so we continued down the chalky main.

Then after the final climb of White Horse Hill we had time for a few pictures before an interesting off-road descent, and then 2 road descents - one to the B-road, and one to Woolstone. As Andy commented, fat off-road tyres and disc brakes give you a confidence on pot-holed descents that you don't always feel on a road bike.

The last mile to Uffington wasn't exactly a team time trial, but we were keen to get to the cake!

After the celebrations, half of us went home by road routes, half of us headed back for the Ridgeway and even more miles!
23.01 km (14.30 mi)
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Written by : Andy Cowan

Posted on : July 23, 2018 at 11:52 AM

We thoroughly enjoyed it Robin,thanks to everyone looking after us,good fun.cheers.

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Start Locations
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.
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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