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Tue Aug 4th 2020
Tuesday Evening 2* A 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.

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This is a pre-bookable 2* ride. To book your place, text your name and preferred ride to Jon Townsin on 07780 676051 no earlier than 9.00am on the Wednesday before the ride. You will receive confirmation or be advised that the ride is fully booked. A reserve list will be maintained.

I'm looking forward to re-starting club rides again! Details of the ride can be found in the map below. Please bring lights with you as the sun will be not far off setting as we return to Grove.
Riders:
David Jackson
Des Higgs
Diana Whidborne
John Tranter
Stephanie Haddrell
Riders = 5

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Really great to be back! Everyone said how strange it was to be back doing 'normal' things that we took for granted just a few months ago. Thanks to a great group for riding carefully with the new rules - it felt good to be out and reassuringly safe.

An uneventful loop around the west Vale, via Goosey and Fernham to Hatford and Gainfield. We took a group decision to then take a short cut back to Charney just to keep us to a reasonable time.

And - Des even found his lost GPS unit safe and sound back in Millbrook Square!
Distance:
32.19 km (20.00 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31836254"
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Tue Aug 4th 2020
Tuesday Evening 2* B 2*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
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.

N.B. This is an updated route.

This is a pre-bookable 2* ride. To book your place, text your name and preferred ride to Jon Townsin on 07780 676051 no earlier than 9.00am on the Wednesday before the ride. You will receive confirmation or be advised that the ride is fully booked. A reserve list will be maintained.
Details of the ride can be found in the map below.
Riders:
Jon Townsin
Karen Townsin
Lee Ann Norris
Matthew Luker
Michael Tayler
Sarah Lewis
Riders = 6
Report:
WOO HOO !!! IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK!!!
Thanks to all riders for a very enjoyable first ride out of the season!

We welcomed Sarah Lewis for her first ride with the club and Matt who has ridden just a few times before covid closed down the opening of the season :(.

Anyway, it was a nice trip out to the Ginges and Steventon and back via the Haneys , where we saw Sara Ward. We passed Jan and Des heading homeward so our slightly slower pace meant we weren't first back - but we did beat the off roaders back which has got to count for something!

Lovely social chats at both ends of the ride and that's what its al about!
Distance:
31.00 km (19.26 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33589764"
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Tue Aug 4th 2020
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
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 Brown
Frank Schroer
Lily Shepherd
Richard Pethybridge
Robin Tucker
Vincent Shepherd
Riders = 6

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Two new riders and a rare off-road showing from Frank brought us to a total of 6 for this first official post-lock-down off-road ride.

The weather was great: sunny and mild, with a bit of breeze from the southwest. We'd started from Grove so Crab Hill was our first section. I'd not ridden this since winter and it was in good shape, a bit rutty and grassy but rideable, we climbed the slope and entered Wantage.

Past the Nelson and on the to cycletrack out of town - we made use of the wiggly side path. Then it was up the the Ridgeway along Goddards Brook, first a gentle climb , then a steeper section. A brief pause at the top to gather our selves and we were ready for the final section of climbing - first a bumby section by the gallops and then turning left to climb up through Bitham Woods.

At the top we had a discussion about which way to come down - there are so many good options! We settled on the 'Ginge descent' and rode ease on The Ridgeway with the wind behind us. Down the hill - the track was dry if a bit bumpy and a definite highlight!

Then it was the journey home. We had a brief inspection of the works on the new cycle bridge across the Ginge stream, which looks to be going well, and headed west on a rutted track. A bit more woods, and back on the cycle track, Crab Hill again and we were back in Grove.
14 miles in all and no major events!
Distance:
22.53 km (14.00 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 4th 2020
Tuesday Evening 3*A 3*
Leader:
Jan McCabe
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.
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This is a pre-bookable 3* ride. To book your place, text your name and preferred ride to Jon Townsin on 07780 676051 no earlier than 9.00am on the Wednesday before the ride. You will receive confirmation or be advised that the ride is fully booked. A reserve list will be maintained.
Details of the ride can be found in the map below.
Riders:
Andy Pixton
James Bosley
Jan McCabe
Riders = 3

Weather:
windy (fine)
Report:
It was great to be back out with the club after months of solo riding.
With a small group, and pre-booking it made the logistics very easy, and no problem keeping suitably distanced

A flatish ride out via Childrey and uffington, and then a climb out of Fernham
Distance:
41.80 km (25.97 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31945468
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31945468"
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Tue Aug 4th 2020
Tuesday Evening 3* B 3*
Leader:
Katherine Boyce
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours ride at a riding pace of 25-29km/h (16-18mph). May be hilly.

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This is a pre-bookable 3* ride STARTING FROM WANTAGE MARKET PLACE. To book your place, text your name and preferred ride to Jon Townsin on 07780 676051 no earlier than 9.00am on the Wednesday before the ride. You will receive confirmation or be advised that the ride is fully booked. A reserve list will be maintained.

Details of the ride can be found in the map below, this was updated Sunday morning to take account of the Wantage start and to avoid the aggressive Red Kite. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE LIGHTS AS THE NIGHTS ARE DRAWING IN ALREADY!
Riders:
Chris Bailey
Joy Arthur
Karen Froud
Katherine Boyce
Sharon Bedford
Riders = 5

Weather:
windy (fine)
Report:
Great to be back doing club rides after such a long break. Some incredibly patient, cautious drivers on the Springline section down to Childrey Hollow :)

Bit of a headwind out. Interesting having to not just cycle down all of Hackpen Hill to the Sevenbarrow turn, but had to drop the gears to make the pedalling easier :o

Lovely ride, lovely group, fingers crossed this is the return of some sort of cycling normality (clap)
Distance:
37.58 km (23.35 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/3865050832
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33615251"
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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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