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Tue Aug 27th 2013
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Louis Hall
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
Long, hilly, quick - or any combination!

Distance 35-45 km (22-28 miles) at a pace of 20-22 km/h (13-14 mph) or slightly faster if flat. May include hard hills.

Out through the Letcombes, up Hackpen, down onto the B road, then up and over Blowingstone. Swoop round and back to go down Hackpen.

We'll aim to be back before 8.30pm but lights will be required as sunset is at 7.58pm.

24 miles. 1,500 feet.
Dave Martin
David Smith
David White
Hugo Pile
Janet Charleston
John Talbot
John Tranter
Louis Hall
Mark Austin
Nick Dunton
Nicole Pethybridge
Paul Jarvis
Peter Greenfield
Richard Pethybridge
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 15

hazy sunclear sky (night)
A good sized group set off on a pleasant late summer evening to tackle some of the local hills. We rolled gently into the Letcombes before our first hill - Holburn and then took Hackpen in our stride.

We paused at the top before zooming down the Sparsholt Drop. After a brief run along the B road we turned into Blowingstone, taking care on the gravel strewn lower slopes. This is always a tough hill, but we regrouped quite quickly at the top and rolled down towards Lambourn.

As we rode up the B4001 to Sparsholt we could see the sun setting to our left. So at the top we made sure that our lights were on before descending swiftly downhill.

We then wiggled past the Challow cricket ground and back round Wantage to return to Grove by 8:20.

A satisfying hilly ride completed at an average speed of 13 mph without mechanicals, punctures or alarms.

38.95 km (24.20 mi)
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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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