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Tue Jul 30th 2013
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Adrian West
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
Enjoy an easy-paced ride around the local lanes.

Distance 25-40 km (16-25 miles) at a pace of 18-21 km/h (11-13 mph). May include easy hills.

This week we will try another combination of the roads on offer in the area, including one fairly easy hill of note and lots of fun dcending.

Leaving OMH we will make our way through Grove through Wantage and onto the Letcombes.

From there we will have a leisurely climb up Hackpen Hill, this climb is the main one of the evening and is fairly easy if you take your time in a low gear.

After a short breather at the top of Hackpen hill we then decend swiftly to Sparsholt. Once on the Downs Road we make our way to Kingston Lisle and decend again into the Vale and make our way to Goosey, Denchworth and then back to Grove.
Adrian West
Andy Belcher
Brian Hipwell
Dave Cox
David Smith
Fiona Ashby
Geoff Neill
Maurice Bawden
Richard Preece
Steve Burr
Steve Joyce
Susan Fletcher Watts
Sylvia Thornycroft
Ursula Hallam
Vicky Fox
Riders = 15
A group of varying abilities left OMH and some nervously with the thought of a large climb to come in the ride.

We made our way at a leisurely pace to and through the Letcombes and then took stock of the climb ahead.

The group was split in to two with the stronger climbers leading first and the rookies/ weaker climbers followed.

I thought it was a good idea to show the second group how easy it can be to climb a hill without your lungs exploding, as many didn't know how and looked upon the hill with fear.
We rode up the hill at a slow and easy pace and when we met up with the stronger riders, the rookies were jubilant at their first large hill climbing achievement.

After a short break, we decended swiftly to Sparsholt and then decended swiftly again from Kingston Lisle down into the Vale.

The rest of the ride was uneventful as we made our way back to Grove. There was the usual riders dropping off to go home etc and no punctures or disasters.

A very enjoyable ride and well done to the rookies for their hill climbing achievements.
30.50 km (18.95 mi)
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Written by : Vicky Fox

Posted on : August 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Wow, I would just like to say a huge thank you to a fantastic leader, I have climbed this hill many times but never has it been so easy with the help and guidance of a fab leader who made it fun for the very first time, I will never struggle with hills again! I hope, LOL. Huge thanks. xxx

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Start Locations
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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