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Sun Apr 24th 2016
Off-road Morning Ride - for Novices 1*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
97 The Causeway, Steventon OX13 6SJ
A special ride for those beginning off-roading, with a 'teach in' and a short but pleasant ride. This was well received last year, with some important learnings about tyre pressures. (And Dave Talboys demonstrated how to fix a puncture!)

We'll start at my house with a bike check, and check out tyre pressures and suspension settings. (There should be enough car parking on my drive).

Second we'll do a 2 mile loop up Steventon Hill and back down, which provides a chance to learn the key off-road skills for climbing, descending and going down singletrack in the woods like a Jedi.

Third, we'll ride a 10-mile loop up to The Ridgeway and back to sample a bigger climb and a bigger descent and put all those skills into practice.
Robin Tucker
Riders = 1

sunny intervalswindy (fine)
I was joined for this ride and teaching session by the Goulding family of 5.

We started by learning how to make sure your bike is in good order with the 'M-check' and then checked our tyre pressures to ensure they were not too hard or soft.

We first rode up Steventon Hill off-road to the Trig point, making sure that we used all of the gears right to the lowest one, and sitting at the front of our saddles.

Then it was down through the Copse, practising keeping our pedals level, and either sitting back a bit, or standing on the pedals. On the twisty tracks in the Copse, the important thing was to look well ahead. to see where the track was going. The girls really enjoyed this downhill and twisty bit.

After this, we did most of the same thing again, climbing to the top of the Copse and back down. Then we took the flat track out to the solar panel farm and back.

All in all, a very pleasant morning, learning a few things and putting them straight in to practice.
7.24 km (4.50 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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