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Tue Jun 18th 2019
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
After the faster and hillier ride last week, a more gentle and flatter offering this Tuesday (and fingers crossed for warmer weather!).A tour of the village greens: visiting West Hanney, Lyford and Charney Bassett, out-and back through Denchworth. A round trip of 12 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.
Report:
Our 1* regulars are a hardly bunch and despite a heavy shower at 6pm and leaden skies, there were four of us for this evening's 1*. There were a few spots of rain as we made our way to Denchworth, but nothing much. We continued sedately to West Hanney and enjoyed a relaxed chat on the green before riding on to Lyford. Here we stopped by the small patch of green before reaching the church. Martyn spotted a barn owl in the adjoining field and we watched transfixed for the next 10 minutes or so while the owl swooped back and forth across the top of the long grass hunting. On several occasions it reared up as if to swoop and twice it did. The second "kill" was close to the road to Charney and we cycled round in the hope of seeing the owl from there. By then, however, it was gone.

We continued on to Charney Bassett and green #3, where we saw a family of swallows wheeling overhead. By this stage time was getting on and, deciding to leave Goosey green for another day, headed straight back to Grove. And none too soon; light rain started to fall as we left Denchworth. I got home just before the main shower broke.

Thanks all for a memorable ride and to Martyn for the self-timer selfie.
Distance:
19.96 km (12.40 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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