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Sat Jan 4th 2020
3* Saturday Half Day Ride 3*
Katherine Boyce
Start Time:
10:30 am
Start Location:
Half day ride (60-70km / 38-45 miles), with a tea stop, riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). Likely to visit distant destinations. Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing likely.

Hilly start to the new year: Chain Hill, through Farnborough to West Ilsley and then to Brightwalton and Great Shefford before lunch in the new café at Lambourn. Returning to Grove via Sheepdrove and the Letcombes. Do not be concerned about the hills unless you are a fast climber and don't like waiting for slow climbers like me ;)
Good turnout for the first 3* of 2020. Terry kindly swept and everyone looked out for each other. Few mechanicals involving chains and a mudguard but otherwise uneventful.

The views from the top of the hills were great payback for the effort, the Downs never fail to deliver. There were lots of soars of red kites and near West Ilsley some of us were lucky enough to have a really close view of a hovering kestrel. I never tire of seeing birds of prey!

Can highly recommend Goodies in Lambourn. They now have bike racks out the back and they are monitored by CCTV. Service was brisk, although orders came out in a rather random fashion!

All in all a really lovely first ride of 2020, thanks all for being a great bunch to lead.
58.00 km (36.04 mi)
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Written by : Nicole Pethybridge

Posted on : January 5, 2020 at 2:32 PM

Thanks for a great start to 2020 Kath, great to be out on the bike.

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Start Locations
Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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