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Sat Sep 14th 2013
Saturday morning off-road ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
3mi East of Wallingford Grid Ref 656890
Description:
Off-road ride of about 25 miles around local trails. This ride will start at "Goblin's Glen" about 3 miles East of Wallingford. It will involve quite a bit of climbing and some favourite twisty trails and swoopy descents. Nothing scary that can't be taken at a gentle pace though, and we won't be rushing.

A well-maintained mountain bike with knobbly tyres is required. Please let the leader know if you are coming in case the ride needs to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

URL for start location is below. On the right bend, turn left off the A4130 and almost back on yourself. Drive past a few houses on your left and stop on the grass verge with hedge just beyond them.
Riders:
David Brown
Robin Tucker
Riders = 2

Weather:
cloudy with light rain
Report:
Only 2 of us today - I think the drizzle may have had a lot to do with that! (Although I'm pretty sure that David Y and Richard A would have come if they weren't pre-booked).

Even then, we almost decided not to start and to return to the warmth of our homes. But somehow, mutual pressure got us to get the bikes out and suit up. The route looped north from Goblin's Glen up to the M40 and round Christmas Common.

It was slippery and I did come a cropper on the side of a rut. No damage done though - my landing was more one of sliding across wet grass than a full impact.

We continued gingerly, shortening the route, and getting back mud spattered and smiling that we'd fully earned an afternoon with our feet up!
Distance:
35.41 km (22.00 mi)
 
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Wantage Market Place
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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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