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Wed Oct 28th 2015
RAF Benson 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
N.B. For those who have confirmed they want to ride RAF security will need to see photo ID (Driving licence / Passport) or entry to the base will be prevented.

This one off Wednesday ride is to visit RAF Benson and present the Air Ambulance service with a cheque from CTC Wantage, being the proceeds of this year's Blowingstone Audax organised by Nick Dunton.

The 75km ride leaves Grove at 10.00 via Sutton Courtenay and Brookhampton with an early stop for lunch at The Waterfront Cafe before arriving at Benson at 13.00. The return route takes in Wallingford and Blewbury. We will be riding at 3* pace of between 20 - 24 Kph and aim to be back before dusk though lights should be fitted.

N.B. I will need to advise RAF Benson of all visitors by Tuesday 20th October so please email me by then if you wish to be involved.
Riders:
Adrian West
Des Higgs
John Groves
John Talbot
Jon Townsin
Karen Townsin
Richard Preece
Riders = 7

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
We were treated to a really pleasant days cycling with afternoon sunshine easing the last few kilometres. An evenly matched group of six riders made good time to arrive at the lunch stop at The Waterfront at Benson where John joined us for a well earned lunch break.

The timing was absolutely perfect as we arrived at RAF Benson for our 13.00 rendezvous with the Thames Valley Air Ambulance - just in time to see the helicopter take off to go and attend to an accident ! So much for the photo opportunity and a chance to scramble over a new and shiny machine.

After a tea and biscuits we heard the chopper was headed back so we piled outside - only to see it disappear once again over the horizon. Such is life.

Undaunted we posed for a photo of the cheque presentation which of course was the 'raison d'Ítre'.

For those who could not make it today, Nick and David - there's always next year and the helicopter might even be there!
Distance:
80.00 km (49.71 mi)
 
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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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