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Sun Dec 11th 2011
Mince Pie Ride - 2* 2*
Leader:
Glen Savegar
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage at 10am or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz kidz.

A leisurely paced route, taking in the pretty villages of Letcombe Regis, Letcombe Bassett, Childrey, Sparsholt, and Westcot, before the grand ascent to White Horse Hill (some cycle, others walk up at their own pace...there's no rush..), where we will meet up with the other groups to enjoy a mulled wine, a mince pie, and a chat..:-)
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Barry Gillott
Brian Hipwell
Chris Sykes
David Bridge
David Roberts
Glen Savegar
John Rushton
John Vandore
Kevin Stopps
Lucia Singer
Peter Burgess
Richard Shackleton
Sarah Shackleton
Susan Holdroyd
Tony Lewis
Riders = 16
Report:
Regardless of what the weather throws at us, the annual mince pie ride is always an enjoyable event. No freeze over this year, but a chilly morning with grey skies and a "not too good" forecast for rain in the early afternoon.

Some neat forward planning and organisation into groups from Steve S using the four sides of the market place as reference points, meant we were soon on our way. Thanks Brian for acting as sweep. A very pleasant ride, and a steady pace ensured we were arriving at the foot of White Horse Hill at pretty much the same time as the other "on road" groups, before tackling the final ascent (everyone at their own pace) to enjoy the mince pies and exotic mulled wine. Big thanks to John T and Steve B.

Some photo's, a chat, and even a choir bursting into seasonal song. So nice to see lot's of familiar faces. Des...do get well soon please? It will be lovely to see you out with the club again very soon :)

A breeze assisted ride followed leading a group back for lunch at The Fox, and then home just as the first drops of rain began to fall...Result...

Thanks everyone!

Glen S
Distance:
25.75 km (16.00 mi)
 
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WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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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