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Tue Jan 14th 2014
Winter Evening Ride 2*
John Talbot
Start Time:
7:00 pm
Start Location:
Quick but flat 2* ride in the Vale for 1.5 to 2 hours covering around 40km each week. We will not ride quite as fast as 3* pace (but riders will need to be strong 2* riders, comfortable riding in the middle of a group), nor will we tackle hills. Will not run if icy, very windy or wet - check the website for cancellation by mid-day on the day of the ride.

Good lights capable of lasting the full ride are essential, as is suitable clothing to deal with the cold.

With so much surface water in the Vale and some roads being pothole hell at the moment I've tried to come up with a route that will avoid the worst of both hopefully. A little shorter than usual (32km) via Lain's Barn, Ardington, Wantage, Letcombe, Childrey.

I'm keeping an eye on the forecast, if heavy rain or ice is forecast for ride time I will call it off. Please check this page before turfing out!

UPDATE 17:00 == rainfall radar shows rain moving in from the west. Still planning to be at OMH for 7pm at the moment.
Andy Pixton
David Talboys
Des Higgs
John Talbot
Katherine Boyce
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 6

cloudy with light rain
I could see the rain approaching on the radar before I left work and was wondering how many fools brave souls would be at OMH. As it happened six gathered in the drizzle ready to give it a go.

I'd deliberately picked a route that stuck close to Wantage in case of problems and we had a few in the first few km. Ursula's saddle bag broke and fell off before Lain's Barn and Des wasn't feeling too good soon after and turned back. Katherine's front light stopped working at the top. I was beginning to think it was going to be one of those rides!

However, after the initial issues the ride went smoothly, one shallow flood to negotiate at Lockinge and lots of potholes everywhere to avoid. I took the 2nd right instead of the 3rd to Sparsholt so missed off the end of the loop but we still did 31km in 90mins on a much lumpier ride than we normally do.

The rain never got very heavy, just steady light rain and it wasn't cold. All in all a pretty successful winter ride!
31.10 km (19.32 mi)
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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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