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Sun Dec 11th 2016
Mince Pie Ride - 3* 3*
Leader:
Richard Pethybridge
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage Market Place from 9:45 onwards or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz-Kidz.

We shall have on-road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and off-road rides to choose from - ride entries with details will appear closer to the date. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration.

Afterwards the rides will continue for an optional pub lunch. There will also be a ride directly back to Wantage.

Car parking: If driving in to join rides from Wantage, there is free car parking in the Portway car park (by the Beacon, the former Civic hall) on Sundays, OX12 9BU. See http://beaconwantage.co.uk/contact and scroll to bottom of page for map.

The 3* ride will head out through Grove, Charney Bassett, Shellingford and Fernham before looping back through Uffington prior to the big climb. 19 miles at a good 3* pace. The route will finish at the Fox in Denchworth after we have all imbibed the mince lies and mulled wine.
Riders:
Calum Clark
Hugo Pile
James Nygaard
Jane John
John Vandore
Joy Arthur
Pauline Clark
Peter Brodie
Richard Pethybridge
Richard Saunders
Yvonne Bird
Riders = 11

Weather:
sunnysunny intervalscold
Report:
A lovely day for a bike ride through the Vale of the White Horse, culminating in the awesome climb of Dragon Hill. With the promise of the Tranters' famous refreshment at the top everyone made quick work of the hill, after a brisk spin through some familiar villages in the Vale. The group fragmented post mulled wine, with some heading directly home and others for a delicious lunch at the Fox in Denchworth. All that remains to be said is thanks to all the riders for making the leader's job so easy, a warm welcome to James Nygaard, a new rider out on his first taster ride, and many thanks to Richard Saunders for being such an excellent sweeper. Merry Christmas one and all.
Distance:
51.02 km (31.70 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/12217890
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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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