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Tue Jul 23rd 2019
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Stephanie Haddrell
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
***UPPER BRIDGING RIDE***
This is the second of our Bridging Ride series designed to help those who would like to progress to the next level of cycling. As such it will be ridden at the higher end of the pace range.

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.

More or less a repeat of a ride done a few weeks ago (but we might tweak the pace a bit if everyone is up for it). We go along the separated bike track to Wantage, around Charlton and then along the track to Lockinge. We skirt around the south of Ardington, spot the rhinoceros (long story), drop down to Ardington proper and then conquer the small climb up to the main road before the glorious descent past Lains Barn and back into Grove via the newly surfaced bike track past Williams.

Just 10 miles with a couple of very minor climbs,
Report:
A lovely evening for a ride round the beautiful villages of Lockinge and Ardington with great company! Thanks to Martin for sweeping. We stopped to admire Best mate, and the rhinocerous, and enjoyed the splendid views on our way!
Distance:
16.09 km (10.00 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30586473"
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Tue Jul 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

** WEATHER UPDATE, Tuesday lunchtime**
Clearly, it's going to be HOT, HOT, HOT this evening! Let's see how it feels at the start and who is in the group, but at the moment I am thinking about cutting out the main climb and dropping down into Childrey instead.

***UPPER BRIDGING RIDE***
This is the second of our Bridging Ride series designed to help those who would like to progress to the next level of cycling. As such it will be ridden at the higher end of the pace range.

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

This will be high end 2* in two ways - a little bit faster on the average speed and a little bit of a hill in Hackpen! But - it will still be fun, promise...

Out via the edge of Wantage and the Letcombes, we climb Hackpen and then immediately drop down to Sparsholt and the run along to Kingston Lisle. We have another nice descent then before the final run back through Goosey and Denchworth.
Report:
Fairly obviously, it was HOT! Good group though, energised by the leader's decision not to do Hackpen Hill. All the rest of the route was fine though - Holborn Hill polished off nicely and then all enjoyed the big swoop down from Kingston Lisle.

Thanks to all for your company!
Distance:
28.97 km (18.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/37721694
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20775450"
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Tue Jul 23rd 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
Robin Tucker
Riders = 2
Report:
Distance:
37.00 km (22.99 mi)
 
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Tue Jul 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

***UPPER BRIDGING RIDE***
This is the second of our Bridging Ride series designed to help those who would like to progress to the next level of cycling. As such it will be ridden at the higher end of the pace range.

If you like climbing, this is for you!

Blowingstone Hill is one of our classic climbs and acts as the centrepiece for this ride at the higher end of the range. Often run in a clockwise loop, this ride takes the opposite direction so we'll be going up Blowingstone rather than down it!

A fast trip out through the vale will take us to the first climb to Kingston Lisle from where (after a brief breath) we'll head up the Blowingstone climb.

Once regrouped at the top we'll be rewarded by a lovely descent into Lambourn and a longish climb back over the Ridgeway and back via the Letcombes.


Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.

Secondary Ride Leader TBA
Report:
At 33 degrees Blowingstone wasn't everyone's cup of tea but then again Blowingstone isn't everyone's cup of tea full stop!
The eleven galant riders who took up the challenge did so magnificently and the drop down towards Lambourn seemed an excellent reward for their effort.

The long climb back up to the top of Hackpen Hill suited some very well and I even managed to carry on a conversation during the slog!

The air was positively cooling by the time we got into the Letcombes and as riders began to peel off homeward I think we all had a pretty good evening's exercise (clap)

Thanks to Jane for sweeping and Eddie for being ready to take up the secondary ride leader's mantle. Luckily a combination of heat and climbing meant that wasn't necessary ;)
Distance:
37.00 km (22.99 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/37638559
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30594113"
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Written by : Eddie Little

Posted on : July 24, 2019 at 9:36 PM

As I was one of the the riders to peel off at Wantage, Thankyou Jon. A nice ride & well worth the effort!!!

Tue Jul 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Peter Cowan
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Shorter than recent weeks, aiming to be a gentler pace too.

The objective will be to keep a nice airflow over ourselves in the HOT weather.
Riders:
Graeme Dowson
Louis Hall
Peter Cowan
Riders = 3

Weather:
sunnysunny intervalshot
Report:
A very warm evening saw the return of Louis and the debut of Graeme in 4*.

As advertised, a mellower affair this week due to the heat. A flat 50km with only 2 rises of note (Faringdon & Fernham). BOTH water bottles were duly consumed throughout the ride.

We spotted LOTS of other cyclists out in the Vale, which was nice to see.
Distance:
50.00 km (31.07 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30570523"
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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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