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Tue Mar 17th 2015
Tuesday Evening Off-road Ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
7:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know.

Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any 2. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Riders:
David Brown
David Talboys
David Yearley
Richard Anstis
Robin Tucker
Riders = 5

Weather:
clear sky (night)
Report:
Dry again. We even gave Crab Hill a try - oddly the first bi before the canal was the worst. After that it was just about ok.

We went up Lark Hill and left at the top, round the end of the gallops and up to the Ridgeway. Then along to Betterton and off the back of the Ridge down there. RA and I got to the bottom ad wondered where the others were. After a minute or two we retraced our steps (our pedallings?) and found them coming down. DY had come off in one of those funny little incidents involving a particular tiny imperfection in a bumpy track. He was fine, but maybe will have a bruise.

So we continued east along the road and climbed up to Scutchamers Knob. There to discover that RA who had been lagging had a puncture. After a quick fix, we blasted down Harwell hill and worked out way round the campus in an interesting (and muddy) route that I haven't ridden for years. All good character forming stuff. DB didn't like it at all ;-)

Then it was back via the Sustrans route. I discovered a slow puncture about Lockinge, but it was slow enough that with one pump and go as we entered Wantage, I was able to make it back to Grove. There have been a lot of hedges cut recently and I guess that a couple of punctures shouldn't be too much of a surprise.
Distance:
31.38 km (19.50 mi)
 
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WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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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