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Sat Apr 25th 2015
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 2*
Leader:
Des Higgs
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Monthly 45-55km (30-40 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

Denchworth, Goosey, Baulking, Longcot, Fresden(?)

Coleshill (tea stop)

Great Coxwell, Fernham, Shellingford, Gainfield, Charney Bassett, Denchworth, Grove.

Probably something like the route below. 36 miles.
Riders:
Bethany Tranter
Chas Boshell
Chris Walters
David Talboys
Des Higgs
Emma Gilbert
Jody Plush
John Talbot
John Tranter
Mavis Rose
Nick Portsmouth
Richard Preece
Steve Swanton
Riders = 13

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Written by John Talbot...

Fab afternoon's riding. Weather was very kind after poor forecasts earlier in the week. A bit of a headwind heading through the Vale but excellent group riding by everyone kept us pretty much together throughout.

Des managed to find a sneaky route across the A420 and a new road for me through Fresden, which I put a question mark next to as I couldn't find it on any map! Mind you, other than a signpost pointing to it you wouldn't know it existed, one manor house and a lodge appeared to be the entire village!!

The short climb to the excellent tea-stop at Coleshill (another first for me) and sat outside in the sunshine enjoying ice creams, cakes and Mars bars (somebody had more than one Mars bar). And free tea and coffee refills!

The climb up to Badbury Clump wasn't as long as I remembered, the 8% sign at the bottom is clearly a lie as the Garmins were showing 13% at the steepest point. Everyone did really well and climbed it strongly.

The run back through the Coxwells, Fernham etc. had a helping tailwind and the pace was pretty high and we got back to Grove in good time, especially as it started raining just after I got home!

Thanks Des for a very chilled and informative ride and to the other John T for sweeping.

Distance:
53.60 km (33.31 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/292291855
Proposed Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7589226"
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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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