Past Rides

Important announcement:

Due to the Government advice on the current Covid-19 outbreak, we have regretfully decided to suspend the current year's ride programme with immediate effect. We will resume the programme as soon as it is deemed safe to do so and inform member riders directly.

We send details of upcoming rides in a weekly email newsletter. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please contact [javascript protected email address].

Collapse all | Expand all

Sat Aug 17th 2019
1* Saturday Half Day Ride - Saddle Up to Saddleback 1*
Leader:
Nick Portsmouth
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Leckhampstead Village Hall
Description:
Monthly 16-32km (10-20 miles) family and social afternoon rides, usually with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 13-16km/h (8-10mph). Occasional short or gentle climbs.

A repeat of a ride from this weekend 5 years ago which I thought I'd lead to give 1* riders a chance to visit the Saddleback Farm Shop Cafe (owned by the family of one of our members).
This is a slightly hillier than usual 1* ride, but will be taken at a leisurely pace with no rush and plenty of time to take in our wonderful surroundings.
Meet at the village hall car park in Leckhampstead (RG20 8QJ),
opposite the former The Stag PH. The ride will follow a clockwise route visiting the villages of Chaddleworth, Brightwalton, Farnborough and Peasmore with a short detour to see a CTC-winged wheel. A total distance of about 16 miles.
Report:
Including 3 riders who cycled up Chain Hill to the start (Karl, Des & Steve), 14 riders (a record for this ride leader) set off from Leckhampstead Village Hall and headed South to visit a house owned by club members which has an old style CTC "Winged Wheel" sign attached (a similar one can be found in Wantage Market Square).

After the team photo, we retraced our steps and headed towards RAF Welford, passing a few cyclists going the other way as we did so (these turned out to be participants in the MagnifiCat Sportive based at Newbury Racecourse). We then cycled on through Chaddleworth and Brightwalton. Between the two villages we came across some very large puffballs, one of which Martyn picked up for his evening meal.

At Brightwalton, there was an option to cut the ride short and head off to the tea stop but all of the riders wanted to carry on, so we then headed down to Woolley with a magnificent view of Woolley House on the way (the memorial on the road between Wantage and Great Shefford is in memory of a former resident of this house). At this point the route became more undulating and we carried on through the village of Farnborough to our tea stop at Saddleworth Farm.

Suitably refreshed, Des & Karl left the group to head home and the rest of us headed South to Lilley & Peasemore, at which point we came across more of the Sportive riders and the official photographer for the event (a shame he was expecting riders from the other direction!). After Peasemore, the ride was completed by crossing the Wantage/Newbury road again and arriving back at the village hall.

Many thanks to Steve Swanton for the idea for the route and to Ed for sweeping.
Distance:
24.30 km (15.10 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/38807605
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30762177"
Comment on this ride

1

Written by : John Tranter

Posted on : August 20, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Thanks, Nick. A real season's highlight! We should definitely do this again next year.

Ride Filter
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.
More Information
Ride Calendar
« Aug 2019 »
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031
Recent Rides
Tue Jul 7th 2020
Virtual Pub Night
10 riders
Virtual Turbo Session

Mon Jul 6th 2020
Cycle Treasure Hunt 24 June - 6 July

Tue Jun 30th 2020
Virtual Pub Night
9 riders
Virtual Turbo Session
4 riders

Tue Jun 23rd 2020
Virtual Pub Night
10 riders
Virtual Turbo Session

Tue Jun 16th 2020
Virtual Pub Night
14 riders
Virtual Turbo Session
5 riders Ride has photos

Mon Jun 15th 2020
Cycle Treasure Hunt 9-15 June 2020

Tue Jun 9th 2020
Virtual Pub Night
16 riders
Virtual Turbo session
7 riders Ride has photos

Thu Jun 4th 2020
Thursday Catch-up
7 riders

Tue Jun 2nd 2020
Virtual Pub Night
19 riders

Sun Mar 22nd 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - Regular Wantage Ride - OXFORD SPECIAL

Sat Mar 21st 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - 1* Saturday Half Day Ride

Thu Mar 19th 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - Daytime 1* Thursday Ride

Tue Mar 17th 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride

Sun Mar 15th 2020
Sunday Shortie 3* Vale & Downland ride.
35km 3 riders

Sat Mar 14th 2020
2* Saturday Half Day Ride
45km 11 riders

Thu Mar 12th 2020
Daytime 1* Thursday Ride
24km 9 riders

Wed Mar 11th 2020
Turbo Training

Tue Mar 10th 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride

Sun Mar 8th 2020
Sunday Shortie 2*
32km 7 riders

Sat Mar 7th 2020
3* Saturday Half Day Ride
71km 13 riders Ride has photos

Ride has photos Ride has photos
Ride has comments Ride has comments

Ride Archive

*