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Sat Oct 13th 2018
2* Saturday Half Day Ride 2*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

PLEASE NOTE - CHANGE OF START TIME TO 1pm.

A re-run of an interesting ride trail-blazed this time last year, this is a real classic on some rarely used little roads down into the Thames Valley. Out via Denchworth and Park Lane to Stanford in the Vale, then to Hatford and a tiny road to the north. Then a quick dash down a short section of the A420 to Littleworth is rewarded by a dramatic drop into the Thames flood plain. Over the river to Clanfield, along to Bampton and a great tea stop at Aston Pottery. Pot buying is optional, but the cafe is great. Suitably fortified, we will take some time to explore the rarely travelled tiny lanes around Shifford and Chimney (breaking through to the river Thames on the far side of Duxford ford), before conquering the modest challenge of Buckland Hill and (after exploring the back streets of Buckland village) heading for home via Charney Bassett.

37miles / 59km, at a speed of around 12mph / 19kph.
Report:
After a week of constantly changing but fairly miserable weather forecasts, we got amazingly lucky with this one - remarkably warm and a mostly clear blue sky all afternoon. Admittedly, a bit breezy, but we coped well with that.

It was good to welcome Marc to his first 2* ride with us.

The route all went according to plan and was as fun as ever - it's always a good dramatic descent into the Thames valley and Aston Pottery did us proud on the cakes and drinks.

We enjoyed the tiny hamlets and the sense of being beyond the middle of nowhere in the Thames flood plain south of Cote and it was very satisfying to end up on the footbridge over the Thames.

There was a headwind challenge on Buckland Hill, but everyone managed it well.

A really great ride with delightful company. Thanks to all for being there!
Distance:
61.16 km (38.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/28685102
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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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