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Sat Sep 22nd 2001
A Bit of Rough
Pat Hurt
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
The first of our afternoon off-road rides on the 4th Saturday of each month. All MTBers welcome. Mountain bikes recommended.
Alan Jones (dec)
Alvaro Rey
Brian Hipwell
Colin Lewis
Darren Farmer
Des Higgs
Edith Hipwell
Glen Paterson (deceased)
Jan McCabe
Lucia Singer
Nick Stokell
Pat Hurt
Peter Clayton
Steve Bush
Steve Swanton
Riders = 15
15 riders for the first of our Saturday afternoon off-road rides including newcomers Lucia and Steve (another Steve B!) on a very pleasant afternoon. This was a very enjoyable 30 mile ride exploring the bridleways of the Vale, most of which were completely new to many of us.
From Westcot we took the Lane and then bridleway across to the Kingston Lisle road. This was very uneven in places but rumour has it that Nick managed to cycle most of it. The next track, towards Baulking, was easier but both Peter and Steve suffered punctures. This gave the rest of us an opportunity to sample the local blackberries. From Fernham we headed off-road towards Bowling Green Farm on the A417. This stretch had an interesting technical dip and climb around a boggy area, where somehow Alan managed to wrap his chain around the bottom bracket of his brand new ATB. Further on the bridleway was not properly signed and we took a wrong turning through a gate; after cycling along the edge of a newly harrowed field, we ended up on a private drive. The farmer's wife kindly informed the stragglers of our mistake.
From the A417, there was a lovely stretch across Faringdon golf course via the Hideaway to the Buckland road, with just enough mud to live up to the publicity! By which stage we were ready for our tea and donuts at the Little chef. The return route took us back through Pusey, Charney Bassett and West Hanney. A riders revolt thwarted Pat in his attempt to take us down Cow lane, so we returned via the footpath from W. Hanney instead.

Steve S.
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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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