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Sat Jan 25th 2014
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 2*
Leader:
Glen Savegar
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
45-55km (30 - 40 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, at a riding pace of ~18km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

New year resolutions anyone? Join us for a tour of some of the villages and quiet back roads west of Wantage, before heading to Faringdon for tea.

Proposed route- OMH, Letcombe villages, Childrey, Sparsholt, Westcot, Uffington (optional short detour to Woolstone?), Longcot, Fernham, Little Coxwell, Faringdon.

A more direct return to OMH by way of Fernham, Baulking, Goosey and Denchworth.

Approx 55 km (34 miles).

**Important- Lights essential at this time of year.**
Riders:
Ashley Brown
Brian Hipwell
Cathy Brown
Chris Walters
David Bridge
David Smith
David Talboys
Des Higgs
Glen Savegar
Janet Charleston
John Talbot
Maurice Bawden
Nicole Pethybridge
Steve Swanton
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 15

Weather:
heavy hail showerswindyblack low cloud
Report:
Well !...In time honoured tradition it was a very good day for discussing the weather, and we had plenty to choose from on todays ride!... Following a short stop to deal with a failed chain link, we were soon heading out through the villages. Unfortunately the problem repeated itself on the approach to Holborn Hill, where Steve made the wise decision to secure a roadside fix and head for home.

Strong headwinds made for a challenging ride to Longcot, but we were soon rewarded for our efforts as the route changed direction, with just the final climb out of Fernham remaining. A hot cuppa at the cafe was very welcome, and coincided perfectly with the most impressive display of hailstones I've seen in ages ! :-)

A much easier return journey now pushed along by the westerly wind saw us arrive home in good time !


Glen S
Distance:
53.11 km (33.00 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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