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Tue May 14th 2019
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Stephanie Haddrell
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
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. A route of approximately 12 miles out to Charney Bassett back via Lyford and Denchworth.
Riders:
Clare Sparrow
Diana Whidborne
Jason Hopkins
Lewis Hopkins
Martyn Wigmore
Naomi Merritt
Owen Hopkins
Sheena Arnold
Stephanie Haddrell
Susan Holdroyd
Riders = 10

Weather:
sunny
Report:
A beautiful evening ride with 10 riders out in total - welcome to Claire. It was a very leisurely ride to accommodate new riders and it was lovely to be joined by some younger riders who did very well - great ride Owen and Louis!

It was an idyllic evening with little wind, beautiful sunshine and amazing views. We stopped to appreciate the green at Charney, the Church and village pond at Lyford, and also the cotswold stone dovecote-Thanks Martin for pointing this one out!
Distance:
19.31 km (12.00 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13479324"
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Tue May 14th 2019
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

This week we will explore the lanes and villages to the east of Wantage. We'll take advantage of the bike track from Grove to Wantage before heading out on the track to Ginge and across to East Hanney. Back down Steventon Hill, across Cow Common to Hanney, Denchworth and home.

19 miles / 30km
Riders:
Carin Tranter
Chris Marchant
Des Higgs
Gareth Smith
Jan McCabe
John Tranter
Julie Haynes
Karl Blake
Michael Tayler
Mila Yearley
Robert Treadgold
Steve Boreham
Tim Parr
Val Smith
Riders = 14

Weather:
sunny
Report:
What a glorious evening! Perfect spring weather. A great group gathered and the route was handled very well. Beautiful conditions and great countryside all around.

Thanks to all for your company - it was a fun evening!
Distance:
30.58 km (19.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/34691110
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7955611"
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Tue May 14th 2019
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
David Yearley
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know. Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any two. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Riders:
Bruce Winney
Chris Gray
David Brown
David Yearley
John Davies
Michael Zywko
Robin Tucker
Riders = 7
Report:
Distance:
26.20 km (16.28 mi)
 
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Tue May 14th 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.
A flat loop around the vale. Expect this to be at the upper pace range for three star in view of the absence of climbing!
Please bring and use lights.
44km.
Report:
What an evening for a bike ride - well, at least 19 riders, ready for a thrash around the vale thought so !!

We split into two groups, thanks to Kath for leading the second group, and headed off for a beautiful and pacey ride through mainly quiet lanes. Despite me asking several times, no-one seemed to want to go slower, so we completed the ride at the top of 3* pace and got back in good light.

The road closure at the 'Volunteer bridge' caused the only lozenge of cars on the way into Denchford and the 2* group gave us a good target to aim for on the way back to Grove.

The second group arrived five minutes later with no calamities to tell :)

Thanks to Eddie for sweeping the first group and Kath, if you could let me know who swept for you, I'll add them in too.
Distance:
44.00 km (27.34 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/34720610
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29954077"
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Tue May 14th 2019
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Frank Schroer
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours ride at a riding pace of 25-29km/h (16-18mph). May be hilly.

Don't forget to take lights for the last part
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Frank Schroer
Jason Jones
Jerry Bird
Nick Fisher
Paul Jarvis
Peter Cowan
Phil Ward
Philip Ingles
Richard Burnham
Vicky Lawson
Riders = 11

Weather:
sunnywindy (fine)
Report:
Could have been a record turn-out of 11 for a 4 star ride with one new(ish) rider Vicky braving an otherwise 'lad' (?) dominated ride.

Almost everyone took a turn into the headwind on the way out and once past the Farmoor reservoir (a direction not many Tuesday night rides seem to head to somehow?) we soon had the wind behind us.

In quick succession there was a GPS reading error by the ride leader followed by what turned out to be a bridleway that I accidentally seem to have included in the route in trying to avoid riding on the A415 as much as possible. A quick map check got us back on the route soon enough and onto the 'little Holland' section near the Thames with some quiet lanes (with unfortunately still a few cars on the opposite direction).

Phil W had left us by then as he preferred to have dinner with some other group of cyclists (!)

This was a flat ride so far but we went up the only hill of significance of the day at Buckland. From there the group graduallly dispersed with some of us heading to the Fox in Denchworth for a pint or 2.
Distance:
63.00 km (39.15 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29913009"
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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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