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Sat Nov 28th 2009
Saturday 2* ride from Grove 2*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
A ride of 45-55km at relaxed pace. The plan is to climb over Hackpen Hill, descend to Lambourn and return via Ashbury or Great Shefford, depending on the prevailing weather. This ride will provide an opportunity to climb some hills at your own pace. Tea stop at the end in Wantage or Grove. Lights required for the journey home from tea.
Andrew Watson
Brian Hipwell
Des Higgs
Janet Charleston
John Talbot
John Tranter
Maurice Bawden
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Riders = 9
9 riders left Grove on a chilly afternoon in Winter sunshine, heading first to the Letcombes before tackling Hackpen Hill. We regrouped at the top and enjoyed the extensive clear views (rather different from the experience of last Sunday, I gather). Having got our breath back, we sped down into Lambourn. As the wind was from the S-W, I chose to head down the Lambourn Valley, through picturesque Eastbury to Great Shefford; we rolled along at a steady pace. By now the sun had gone in and the temperature was falling, but the forecast rain had yet to appear (and we stayed dry to the end).

After a 5 minute stop for refreshments outside the pub in Shefford, we continued on up the A338, turning off towards Woolley, a lovely quiet lane giving a steady climb back up to the Ridgeway. We all enjoyed the descent down Chain Hill and were back in Wantage at a quarter to 4. Three of us stopped for tea at Madison's in Newbury Street while the rest continued to Grove. 27 miles in total.

A warm welcome to Andrew and well done to Steve B, who completed his first hilly ride. Thanks to all for your company.

Steve S
44.14 km (27.43 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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