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Tue Jul 9th 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. This week we will head out to Sparsholt. A ride of approximately 14 miles with one climb. We will head out via Downsview Road, Badger Drive, Stockham, East Challow, & Childrey to Sparsholt; back via Childrey bridleway to West Challow and Denchworth.
Report:
What a beautiful evening! We started out with just 4 and thankfully picked up Naomi along Brereton Drive. We made a relatively a quick escape to the country out via the new estate the canal footpath and Stockham to the bridleway at East Challow. Here we took a leisurely ride avoiding the pot holes which had caught Martyn out at the weekend, and were treated to a culinary interlude as we learnt from Martyn how to pickle walnuts!
From here we went on to Childrey and Sparsholt Church our original destination.... we then had a brief discussion as to whether we should extend the ride and visit Westcott and come back into Sparsholt via the spring line...being a daring bunch it was decided that going 'off piste' would be fun and so we did! We said a quick Hi to Lizzie as we passed her reputable cafe, and found the road down to Sparsholt Church was very pleasant and in good condition. We returned as planned through Childrey with a stop for chat by the pond and the obligatory 1* selfie... thanks Martyn!
It was then plain sailing through West Challow Denchworth and home.
A lovely evening with great company.
Distance:
16.09 km (10.00 mi)
 
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Tue Jul 9th 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.

I think it's about time we went out and conquered Uffington White Horse Hill. It really has to be done at least once in the 2* Tuesday season and I feel the time is right. So - direct routing via Goosey and Baulking to Uffington, through the village and up the big hill - as simple as that! The views from the top are glorious and the remarkable scenery on the way up past Dragon Hill is stunning. So tell yourself that a few minutes effort will be well worthwhile. After the glorious descent, probably the same direct route back.

Around 20 miles. Go on - you know you want to!
Report:
This was the BIG ONE for the 2* group. Always hard to know who will be brave enough to give it a go - quite a few, as it turned out! Well done to everyone for taking the challenge. The route out was straightforward and the Hill loomed ever larger as we got closer (I don't think that helps...)

After the warm up climb out of the village (which didn't seem to trouble anyone much), we all set off up the main climb past Dragon Hill. Frankly, everyone smashed it! Great efforts, big smiles at the top and some good photos. Even the car drivers who followed us up got into the spirit of the thing and offered to take a group photo. The descent was fun as always and we set a good pace back across the Vale.

Thanks to all for great company and a great effort.
Distance:
35.41 km (22.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/37032655
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14617815"
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Tue Jul 9th 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:
David Yearley
Jason Jones
Robin Tucker
Riders = 3
Report:
Distance:
33.00 km (20.51 mi)
 
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Tue Jul 9th 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Jo Little
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.

Secondary ride leader is... Eddie Little

This ride will head out through the Letcombes and up Hackpen Hill before going down Sheepdrove road and ending up in Lambourn. We'll then take the road towards Kingston Lisle, then go through Goosey and Denchworth before ending up in Grove.
As always we will regroup at the top of hills. If the weather is good we should be rewarded with some good views.

41.6 km/26 miles.
Report:
Fourteen riders met up and we decided to stay as one group.
The weather was warm and sunny and the views were lovely. Just a small mechanical for Clare - who was riding clipped in for the first time.
Everyone was soon up Hackpen and we then used Sheepdrove to get to Lambourn before returning via Seven Barrows and Kingston Lisle.
Everyone enjoyed the ride and thank you for your company. Thank you to Eddie for sweeping.
Distance:
41.84 km (26.00 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30448428"
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Tue Jul 9th 2019
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Nick Fisher
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.
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Frank Schroer
Neil Townsend
Nick Fisher
Pete Wrench
Riders = 5
Report:
Distance:
69.00 km (42.87 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30455860"
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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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