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Tue Aug 25th 2020
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
Keeping our eyes on the weather. At the moment it looks like it will have finished raining, but be very windy. If we have to cancel, I'll post it here by 5pm Tuesday.

NB: Last week at OMH - next week at Wantage Market Place

Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and 'get you home' 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.
Chris Gray
James Bosley
Robin Tucker
Steve Legate
Riders = 4

sunny intervals
After a morning of rain, the skies had cleared but it was ferociously windy. The road rides had shifted to Wednesday and I was wondering if anyone would turn out. As it happened, three did - all people who hadn't ridden with us since Covid, and all with new bikes in the last month!

We did them justice and got them muddy! Up Chain Hill for warm-up and Lark Hill to test traction and Chris certainly found that his full-sus 29er was gripping better than his old 26er hardtail ever did, more comfortable over the tractor tyre prints too. Then we turned right and up the field by Chain Hill and left at the top to catch the wind.

We tested out the down-hill abilities on Jolly Green Giant, and it was a flyer! Then back up Bitham and along to Ginge descent - first time James had done the twisty bits which surprised me. We inspected the bridge works over the stream, there are concrete plinths emerging and the stream is back, plus steel steps on the west side - I wonder if there will be a small footbridge or if this is for reaching the stream to paddle?

Then it was up along the rutted rooty bit and Chris' new bike didn't save him from the slippery roots there! But we got back to the bike track to Wantage and then Grove ok. It was darkening a bit by the end, so you'll need moderately good lights from here on.
24.62 km (15.30 mi)
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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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