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Sat May 26th 2012
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 2*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
This is a slight reworking of last year's special route into the centre of Oxford. Nice, easy pace through Charney Bassett, Appleton and Cumnor, down the hill to Botley. Then the cunning car-free entry to Oxford via bike tracks and beautiful river sides (suitable for all bikes). Private venue tea stop courtesy of St Aldates church in the very heart of the city, opposite Christchurch. Then along the river path to Iffley, Kennington and back via Sunningwell and Fyfield. 40 miles - a longer 2* ride, but easy terrain and an easy pace. Don't miss this one!
Riders:
Adrian West
Andrew Johnson
Brian Hipwell
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
Frank Schroer
Geoff Neill
John Talbot
John Tranter
Liz Buckle
Mila Yearley
Nicole Pethybridge
Phil Stubbings
Philippa Goodfellow
Richard Pethybridge
Steve Boreham
Tracey Talbot
Riders = 17
Report:
A wonderful turn-out on just about the most perfect day of the year. 16 riders set off, and a big welcome to Richard, Nicole and Philippa, all joining us for the first time. Steve Boreham then joined us in Oxford as well. The route went well and the secret entry to the heart of Oxford seemed particularly appreciated. Thanks also to the verger staff of St Aldates church for a great tea stop and to Carin for the home made fruit cake.

We then encountered an unexpected problem as the towpath towards Sandford Lock was packed with people and cycling became impossible. It turned out to be the culmination of Eights week and therefore the most important afternoon in the bitter rivalry between Oxford colleges for rowing bragging rights. All very exciting and there was a lot of testosterone coming from the toned men in the boats (that's a quote from Mila, incidentally...). We did lose some time as a result and so took the decision to split the ride into a faster and a more leisurely group, which helped.

A longer than normal 2* ride was a challenge for some, but everyone made it well - all in all, a wonderful afternoon!
Distance:
64.37 km (40.00 mi)
 
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Start Locations
WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
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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