Chairman’s Newsletter 2 – November 2021

Posted on February 20th, 2022

Hello everyone

Lots of exciting news in this Newsletter – all related to the Mince Pie Rides on Sunday 12th December and the White Horse Cycle Challenge running for the two weeks leading up to that:


We challenge individual riders to climb the great Uffington White Horse Hill at a time of their choosing between Saturday 27th November and Saturday 11th December (on their own or in a group), take a selfie or photo at the top for proof, get extra respect for taking their own mince pie up there and raise money for Whizz-Kids. Our target is to see 100 riders complete the challenge and to raise £3,000 for Whizz-Kidz. The fortnight kicks off with a club 2* ride to the Hill on Saturday 27th November.

We have set up a donations page here:

and would welcome donations to support the efforts of all riders, whether from riders themselves, their family or friends.

The event is open to all to who enjoy a cycling challenge. To help non‑regular or non-local cyclists give it a go, we have put together a route sheet from Grove and Wantage to White Horse Hill and back. It can be found here (as Route 8):

We ask participants to post their photos on the club Facebook page at:

or to send by email to:

This address can also be used for enquires about the event.


It is really wonderful to be able to get back to running this popular event after a year out. As with the Challenge, we are raising money for Whizz-Kidz and people are encouraged to donate via the Just Giving page highlighted above (we will take cash on the day as well).

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to join us at Wantage Market Place from 9.30 for the start of the club rides or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11.00 to 12.00 for mince pies and mulled wine. We will have road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and an off-road ride – see separate ride entries on our website ( for route details. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration. Afterwards there will be rides led to The Fox at Denchworth for a pub lunch for those who have booked (see below). There will also be a ride directly back to Wantage/Grove.

One more point on this one – as in previous years we will be reliant on the Club members to provide donations of mince pies, mulled wine, standard red wine or cranberry & raspberry juice beforehand, so we can maximise the giving to Whizz Kidz. For those of you who are new, we brew up cauldrons of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mulled wine, based on my wife Carin’s secret recipes, and serve it from ex-military insulated jerry cans – it is awesome! Please give this some thought in your cooking and/or shopping schedules and drop supplies in to our porch.


We are pleased to offer a pub lunch at the Fox at Denchworth after the rides – we have a confirmed block booking for 1pm with a maximum of 30 so it will be ‘first come, first served’. Di Whidborne has very kindly agreed to be the contact point for this. Could you therefore make it a priority to let her know BY SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER if you would like to join us for that? Also – the Fox has a fixed Christmas menu and they have asked us to choose menu options ahead of time. The menu is attached – please let Di know your choices, also by SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER.

I think that’s all for now. Happy cycling!


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