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Sun Jun 23rd 2019
Betjeman Ride 1*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Betjeman Park, Wantage
Description:
In partnership with the Trustees of the Betjeman Park in Wantage, this is a gentle beginners ride from the Park to Uffington, where John Betjeman lived during the 1930's. The ride is particularly suitable to invite friends and family to try out.

We leave the Park and cut across to Grove past the famous Plane on a Stick, then Denchworth, Goosey and Baulking to the parish church in Uffington, where delicious tea and cakes await.

10 miles and no hills - seriously, anyone can do this! The average speed will be around 10-11 mph. If you are up for it, we will guide riders back to Grove/Wantage by the same route in reverse as well.
Report:
A wonderful turn-out for this special ride, nicely balanced with 9 regular club riders and 9 newcomers.

We formed two groups from the start, so thanks to Roger for leading Group 2, to Martyn for sweeping Group 1 and to Karl and Des for sweeping Group 2.

There was a range of experience and a range of bikes on display, but everyone handled the ride excellently. The cakes at Uffington were splendid, as always, and we got back home just as a few refreshing spots of rain were falling.

It was a great honour (and a great bonus) to have both the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Wantage riding with us. This gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "I've got a spare chain here..."
Distance:
33.80 km (21.00 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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