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Tue Jul 16th 2019
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Boreham
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.

Gentle figure of 8 - via Denchworth to Goosey, then across to West Hanney, before curling up and round to Lyford, Denchworth and back to Grove. Around 12 miles.
Riders:
Alvaro Rey
Cath Hopkins
Jason Hopkins
Lewis Hopkins
Owen Hopkins
Steve Boreham
Riders = 6

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Glorious evening!

Only surprise - that not more riders turned up!

A select but very grand little gathering if six of us - consisting of the Hopkins family, plus two "Honorary Hopkins" for the evening.

As it was warm, took it gently fitting the ride billing - naturally. Regular stops for breathers including outside the pub in Denchworth (tempting?). Then Goosey Green to admire the lovely setting of the village.

Next stop - outside the church in Lyford. Seemed to be a few cars moving around - first just thought it was people arriving home etc - but no - it was a treasure hunt! If they were searching for cyclists they found us...

Group photo kindly taken by Jason (to be added!) of the motley crew outside Lyford Church, before we escaped the rush hour traffic, moving round via the Southmoor Road to West Hanney, and back to Grove around 8.30.

Well done to Lewis and Owen for sterling efforts - and no problem with the distance!

Thanks to all for making it so easy.
Distance:
23.17 km (14.40 mi)
 
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Tue Jul 16th 2019
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
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.

Something slightly different tonight, heading up to Scutchamer's Knob on the Ridgeway. This round bank now surrounded by trees is the remains of an iron age round barrow that became the shire moot during the Middle Ages. Out via Charlton and route 544 we'll take the Ginge Farm track to the East Hendred road and then turn uphill to climb steadily to the Ridgeway. After some exploration, we'll descend to East Hendred, and then take a metalled path across to West Hendred. We'll climb back up to Ginge and then return to Grove via Betterton, Ardington and Lains Barn. Some steady climbing and three long descents all in 18 miles.
Report:
Report and possibly a pic or two to come.
Distance:
28.32 km (17.60 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12871465"
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Tue Jul 16th 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.
Report:
Distance:
34.80 km (21.62 mi)
 
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Tue Jul 16th 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Katherine Boyce
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.

We're all so fit at this end of the season, a hilly number seems in keeping ;) Up to Brightwalton via Letcombe Regis and Chaddleworth, Down to Catmore and over to West Ilsley before finishing with the wonderful descent of Chain Hill.

You're guaranteed not to be last up the hills and we regroup after hills.


Secondary ride leader is TBC
Report:
What a glorious evening to pop up to the Downs! Spectacular views, chasing hares, red kites and lots of hills - you couldn't ask for more!

Thanks to Lee Ann, I didn't manage to take Paul out from a prat fall :$ Not quiet the welcome he was expecting on his return to evening rides!

Thanks also for everyone waiting for me at the top of the hills - it is a good thing that the perfect weather and views were such a great payback for all the hill effort!
Distance:
42.80 km (26.59 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/2541092932
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30487634"
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Tue Jul 16th 2019
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Frank Schroer
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

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

Heading for the clumps - plenty of possibilities to shorten the route at the last part if we're up against time.
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Frank Schroer
Paul Jarvis
Pete Wrench
Philip Ingles
Richard Burnham
Riders = 6

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Picked up Phil on the way after Denchworth, Paul left us near Harwell, Phil went down to Lain's barn and the rest of us diverted to Wantage for beverages at the King's Arms with the off-road riders. Top evening with nice weather and some roads we don't tend to ride on that often (re)visited
Distance:
66.00 km (41.01 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30487895"
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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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