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Tue May 21st 2019
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Diana Whidborne
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.

We will be heading out through charlton, then taking Route 44 to Lockinge and Betterton before we go up over the hill and down to Ardington.
We will return via Lains Barn.

Total of around 9 miles
Riders:
Carin Tranter
Clare Sparrow
Diana Whidborne
Jason Hopkins
Lewis Hopkins
Martyn Wigmore
Naomi Merritt
Owen Hopkins
Sheena Arnold
Riders = 9
Report:
A lovely summers evening.
A shorter route but a little hillier which every body managed.
Distance:
15.29 km (9.50 mi)
 
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Tue May 21st 2019
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride - Terry returns! 2*
Leader:
Roger Postbeschild
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.
Western Vale loop taking in bridleway to Childrey, Kingston Lisle, Stanford, Hatford and Charney Basset.
Please bring and use lights.
33.6km
Report:
A glorious evening for a relatively easy two star ride, until you check out the pace, a smidge over the maximum at 20.1kph. Sorry!
Thirteen riders left promptly at 6.30 and we collected Mila and Tim along the route to swell the numbers.
A very welcome return to Terry, who shared sweeping duties with Karl on his shiny new bike with more bells and whistles that you could shake a stick at!
Totally incident free, many thanks to all for making my job so easy and pleasant.
Distance:
33.60 km (20.88 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29940208"
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Tue May 21st 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
Robin Tucker
Riders = 6
Report:
Distance:
28.80 km (17.90 mi)
 
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Tue May 21st 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Nicole Pethybridge
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 quirky little ride anticlockwise round the vale going out through Denchworth and Goosey, heading towards Baulking and then turning to go through Kingston Lisle. From there up to Sparsholt Firs. Descending through the Letcombes back to Grove.

Jo Little Secondary Ride Leader
Report:
What a lovely evening to be out riding was the echo around the lanes as 16 riders in two groups took an more unusual turn around the vale.(sun)
Heading to Denchworth seemed normal enough and then we did a reverse loop through Goosey, Baulking and Kingston Lisle just to warm us up.

I led the first group and Jane the second. However we weren't far away from the 2* riders who crossed us from the opposite direction at the bottom of blowing stone. I even managed to surprise myself with the route :o as we dropped into Sparsholt before making our way up to Sparsholt Firs. Whilst the climb was steady with a sting in its tail the views and evening air was wondrous and rewarded with the swoop down Chain Hill.
Everyone remarked how different a route is done in the opposite direction and the winding roads through the Letcombs proved that.

With many in the first group returning from injury or illness and the second group ably navigated as a duo, rally car style with Yvonne calling out instructions to Jo, much was achieved in a short sunny ride.
Thanks to the sweeps Jane and David for their support and everyone else for a happy ride :).
Distance:
31.68 km (19.69 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27198856"
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Tue May 21st 2019
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Andy Cowan
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

Optional beer stop at Kings Arms,Wantage. I have arranged a secure bike storage area.

Just in case anyone misses the warning on the ride, there is a nasty junction at the bottom of Blowingstone Hill about 30 miles in for those who have not ridden it before
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Charlie Clayton
Frank Schroer
Jason Jones
Paul Jarvis
Peter Cowan
Richard Burnham
Sian Mitchell
Riders = 8

Weather:
sunny
Report:
It`s good to see the 4* numbers are solid this year with our regulars supplemented by a healthy supply of "older" faces each week.
Welcome to Charlie who joined for the first time and it was good to see Sian back after injury, hoovering up plenty of ladies Top Ten segments on Strava.
The weather was perfect for a quick ride but I have to admit that although we only climbed 400 metres they certainly stung my thighs a lot more than on my recce the other day,but mostly we all coped pretty well.
Three of us stopped for a quick pint at the King`s Arms where Frank ate most of my pork scratchings, and you don`t get many in a bag.Noted.
Distance:
55.00 km (34.18 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30019041"
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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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