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Sun Aug 14th 2011
Tour of Salisbury Plain 115km 3*
Chris Walters
Start Time:
9:00 am
Start Location:
Pewsey Wharf - SN9 5NU - SU 158 610
Hilly ride which will be run at a 3* pace (20-22km/h, 13-14mph) around the perimeter of Salisbury Plain. We will stop for lunch on the way. You'll need to park and then cycle to Pewsey Wharf to start the ride at 09:00 prompt (it is possible to park at Pewsey Wharf, but it is not free).

Please contact Chris in advance if you plan to join the ride - it will not be run without support.
Andy Cowan
Chris Walters
Derek Boutle
Des Higgs
Paul Jarvis
Riders = 5
We started off from Pewsey Wharf into the westerly breeze, noting the white horse at Alton Barnes. It was a pretty uneventful ride, past the white horse at Westbury and down into the beautiful Wylye valley. Lunch was taken in the Royal Oak at Great Wishford - very welcome after 3+ hours riding over pretty undulating terrain.

On leaving we found that Des had a puncture, so a quick change happened and we were on our way. The afternoon started with the obligatory hill and then seemed to go upwards nost of the time into a northerly headwind.

The last 15km were quite energy-sapping, so arrival back at Pewsey Wharf for a cuppa and cake was not a moment too soon.

Special mention to Andy who did his longest ever distance by quite a way - well done. He will sleep sopundly tonight (or even sooner!)

115.60 km (71.83 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.
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