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Sat Nov 1st 2014
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 3*
David Smith
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Out to the cafe at Hillier Garden Centre Hermitage, about 63km and reasonably hilly. Will be taken at moderate 3* pace to suit the group.

I anticipate being back in Grove before sunset but you are strongly advised to bring decent lights along for the return stretch.

UPDATE 27/10 - Route changed slightly because Winterbourne Road closed until December.
Andy Pixton
Chris Walters
David Smith
Des Higgs
Hugo Pile
John Davies
John Groves
Nick Stokell
Richard Preece
Richard Saunders
Simon Payne
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 12

sunnywindy (fine)
Sunny skies, reasonably warm if a little breezy; hang on is it really November!

10 riders left OMH and headed to Wantage where we picked up new to the club John Groves in the corner of the market place. He didn't get much chance to warm up before we hit Manor Road where the breeze really made itself felt! The strong headwind turned in to a cross-wind at the top where we headed for the cross at the Wooley turning. Then the rollercoaster through to Peasemore where the big climbs ended and we had a flatter slightly quicker run to the The Coffee House @ Hilliers where we found Richard Preece waiting for us.

From the cafe we headed through Chieveley to the B4494 where Chris left us to try his fortunes on the closed Winterbourne Road while the rest of the group headed right on the B4494 for a couple of busy kilometres before heading to Chaddleworth. We were soon approaching the top of Chain Hill and all had a fun descent down to Wantage. Several of the group lived in Wantage so said their goodbyes and the rest of us headed back to OMH the way we had come out.

Thanks to Richard Saunders & Andy Pixton for sharing the sweeping duties.

Note: The current cafe is closing on 21/12/2014 and Hilliers are opening their own cafe in the garden centre itself. I'm not sure when. Shame, The Coffee House has always been very accommodating and does exceedingly good cakes!
58.80 km (36.54 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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