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Sat Jun 13th 2015
Newbury Mini Series - Le Mini 2*
Ursula Hallam
Start Time:
11:00 am
Start Location:
Newbury - Greenham Business Park
This months Newbury meander takes us in a South Easterly direction mostly still within the North Wessex Downs AONB.

***Please Note*** As with all the best rides, there is an offroad section - roughly 2km along the Harrow Way.

Starting at Greenham Common Business Park (directions below), we will head out over White Hill and along sections of The Harrow Way to the delightful village of Oakley and Jolly Ollys coffee shop. We can eat in, or take out and sit by the village duck pond if the weather is nice. Returning via Hannington, Kingsclere and the streets of Ecchinswell. 60km with a couple of hills - nothing outrageous though.

If anyone fancies a pre-ride run - i.e. the 9am parkrun round Greenham Common - and/or pre-ride breakfast, let me know the week before and we'll see if we can get a group together.

Meet at Greenham Business Park (free parking)
Driving from the A34, exit on the A339 to Newbury and Follow this route. For satnavs use RG19 6HX.
Note that the first entrance to the Business Park is usually closed at the weekend so you will need to use the main entrance from the second roundabout.
Cycling from Newbury Town Centre, Follow this route taking the subway under the Burger King roundabout if you prefer and the cycle path over Greenham Common - graveled but suitable for road bikes.
Cloudier weekend weather with six riders and a tardily late ride leader saw us setting off at about 11:15, chilled-out 2* style-ee. Heading out through the back streets of Ecchinswell, everyone warmed up a little for the steepest climb of the day at White Hill to the delightful views over Watership Down and beyond. A flatter section quickly saw us at the start of the old Harrow Way off-road morsel which was slightly damper than last time I rode but proved very tranquil and no obstacle to seasoned riders. Continuing through Overton and the quiet green lanes of Hampshire we arrived at the Oakley duck pond and Jolly Ollys ready for double-helpings of cake and tea. Thoroughly refreshed, we then took the gentle climbing direct route to Hannington, its lovely village green and a show of sunshine, before the super descent to the back-side of the White Hill climb and a second viewing of Watership Down. All that left us was the homebound section to Greenham, past the elephant on the roof. Declared hillier than the average 2* – fair do’s – but nothing unmanageable and hey, hills are there to be climbed! Merci beaucoup to everyone for turning out and making it a lovely ride!
59.40 km (36.91 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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