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Sat Apr 18th 2015
Back On Your Bike Ride 2015 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Please Note 2pm Start time.

Our Annual Spring Ride aimed at those who haven't been cycling much over the winter and want to get out on the bike again. Newcomers very welcome and its an opportunity for club members to bring family and friends.

This will be a gentle ride of about 2 hours around the quiet lanes of the Vale of White Horse visiting the villages of Lyford, Charney Bassett, Stanford and Denchworth. We'll stop regularly to catch our breath and take in the views and we'll a stop by the shop in Stanford-in-the-Vale for refreshments (or ice creams) about 2/3rds of the way round.
Alistair Bastin
Barbara Lambers
Ben Paine
Brian Hipwell
David Paine
Edith Hipwell
Ellie Paine
Emma Gilbert
Jody Plush
John Quinn
John Stamp
Joy Arthur
Lorna Swanton
Michael Tayler
Richard Preece
Sara Smith
Sarah Dore
Steve Swanton
Val Smith
Riders = 19

sunnywindy (fine)
A great turn-out of 19 riders for our annual Spring invitation ride, this year in welcome sunshine. 3 newcomers and a number of club riders back on their bikes. A warm welcome to Alistair, Jodie and John.

Due to numbers we split into 2 groups with Edith kindly leading the second group a few hundred yards behind the first. Heading towards Lyford we found us working harder than usual into a stiff, north-easterly breeze. After a relaxed stop by Lyford church, it was great to have a tailwind to Charney Bassett and then on to Gainfield.

The plan was just to have an ice-cream stop in Stanford but as we parked our bikes up, the owner of the Huddle cafe (which was closed) asked us if we would like to come in as they were still clearing up. How could we refuse? A very relaxed tea stop ensued, although a few riders set off ahead of the group as they needed to get back.

The return from Stanford was harder than normal due to the wind, but all made it back and the smiling faces at the end reflected both enjoyment and achievement. Thanks everyone for you company on a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Thanks too, to Edith for co-leading and Brian for sweeping.
25.43 km (15.80 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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