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Tue Aug 30th 2016
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Nicole Pethybridge
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Optional stop at The Fox in Denchworth at the end of the ride.

We will make our way around to the ridgeway and celebrate the end of summer with a climb up Dragon Hill. Hopefully we will have a clear view of the vale before swooping back down to the pub at Denchworth.

Evening social at the pub in Denchworth or self directed back to Grove.

Please bring lights, it is my intention to aim to be at the pub by 8pm but anyone going directly back to Grove or cycling home afterwards will need them.
Riders:
Adam Cavendish
Alan Gale
Alex McGregor
Bryony Stott
Chris Walters
David Talboys
George Anstis
Jo Little
John Keiller
Jon Townsin
Karen Townsin
Katherine Boyce
Kirsten Smith
Martin Purling
Mike Cooke
Phil Stubbings
Phil Ward
Richard Anstis
Richard Ashford
Sara Ward
Yvonne Bird
Riders = 21

Weather:
sunny
Report:
Yet another glorious evening for a ride. With an interesting route devised by Nicole who couldn't make it, we made prompt exit from OMH, barely taking time to greet John, joining us for his first ride. It was good to leave Denchworth on a rarely used route and take the A417 west of the railway line. A quick stop to put lights on before the dark parts of the Springline road and we were on the approach to Uffington and the start of the climb to the summit of White Horse Hill.

Everyone ascended at their own pace, for a few it was their first time going up WHH on a bike. What a great night for it - great views, the windmills barely moving as they emerged as we climbed. The light starting to bleach out of the countryside and time at the top to appreciate it. There was a bit of confusion over leaving the summit but this ensured there was riders checking out for those descending. Most of us had to pause before crossing to the Woolstone road to allow the 4* riders to pass. Then it was a swoop down to Woolstone and an increasing pace back to the A417. We split into smaller groups to reach the Fox and a parting for those back off to the OMH.

Particular thanks to Jon for doing a sterling job sweeping which is always testing when there are large groups.
Distance:
38.40 km (23.86 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/696059499
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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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