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Sat Aug 29th 2020
2* Saturday Half Day Ride 2*
Karen Townsin
Start Time:
9:30 am
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Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

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

A repeat of a ride led by Jon a few weeks ago. We'll head south into the Lambourn Valley with a tea stop at Priscilla's Kitchen in East Garston. Then it's a meander back up the gentler side of the escarpment before a fine descent down Chain Hill.

54km with 500m of climbing
Standing in the carpark in a cold 13°C, a bike ride suddenly seemed a very silly idea. Anyhow, since there were 6 other riders prepared to be silly (new CUK guidelines now allow up to 15 riders), we decided to give it a go. Sure enough, by the time we reached the top of Holborn Hill, everyone was feeling a lot warmer. We'd also passed Sharon, just finishing her morning run.
As ever, we took the hill at our own pace and regrouped at the top before the lovely swoop down to Lambourn with the wind on our backs.
Priscilla's did us proud; hope the bacon bap was worth the wait Ed ;).
Things then got a bit tougher as we turned into a nagging headwind just out of Boxford. Thanks to Yvonne and John for doing turns on the front. A stop to admire the view to Hampshire was required, along a road that no-one in the group claimed to have ridden before, always pleasing for the ride leader :D.
All that remained was the glorious descent of Chain Hill, except that it wasn't particularly glorious. Swirling, blustery winds added instability and hard work.
A fun morning's activity, quite hard but a great feeling. Thanks all for your company and Ed for sweeping without even being asked. (angel).
55.00 km (34.18 mi)
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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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