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Tue Nov 13th 2012
Tuesday Evening Off-Road Ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know.

Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any 2. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Riders:
David Brown
Richard Anstis
Richard Pethybridge
Robin Tucker
Riders = 4
Report:
Not raining but very muddy again.
And, unusually Richards outnumbered Davids on the ride tonight.

We started with the longest wait to cross the A338 I can remember. Several minutes I'm sure we watched cars go by, very well spaced with no tailgating I have to say.

Then we launched into the mud. Literally. We hadn't reached Crab Hill proper before slip-sliding and putting a few feet into muddy puddles. Then my front wheel went out and I went head-first into some nettles. Soft but painful. The theme continued through the night - all 4 of us tipped over at some point.

Must remember for next time: 1. MUD TYRES! 2. Look at the map for a more weatherproof route.

High point: belting down "Sheep Hill" aka Middlehill Down. No sheep. Grassy all the way with no obstacles (apart from a few cones to mark a notional path). We all let it fly!

Route: Crab Hill, Sustrans, up to Ridgeway at Betterton (waterproof but steep), down over the other side, turn right and up 'Ice Valley'.
Then Left along the Ridgeway past Baron Wantage and at the carpark turn right down the big grassy hill.
Distance:
21.40 km (13.30 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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