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Tue Apr 23rd 2013
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:
Barry Baker
David Brown
David Yearley
John Davies
Richard Anstis
Richard Pethybridge
Robin Tucker
Riders = 7

Weather:
sunnyclear sky (night)
Report:
Warm and sunny - I haven't said those for a while!
And it was great to have our numbers up to 7 due to the return of Barry and the new appearance of John.

We took the classic Crabs Hill route out of Grove. Apart from a couple of deep muddy puddles on the bit near the canal, this has now dried out, though is still very bumpy. Then past the Nelson and along the cyclepath and on to Ardington. North a bit, west a bit to the Ginge brook and we climbed up zig-zag hill via the track opposite the stables. I'm not sure this particular track was a great idea of mine as it was very bumpy - a common feature of trails at the moment.

From the top, we had a great view in the lowering sunshine and Richard P insisted we get some photos - which I have to say are well worth it. We then headed east along the Ridgeway, squinting into the sun a bit, until we got to the top of the descent. The first bit, contouring through a small woods was great fun and much faster than when it's wet and slippy, and the main stretch down to Goddards Brook was fast, flowing and terrific.

We reassembled at the bottom and made our way back via Charlton and Crab Hill once more.

No punctures and lengthening evenings meant that our lights were almost un-needed.
Distance:
22.53 km (14.00 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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