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Sat Jan 7th 2017
Saturday Afternoon Ride from Grove 3*
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:

We'll take a trip over the Ridgeway via Hackpen, down to Lambourn and back via Ashbury, Shrivenham and Denchworth.

I've shortened the original route to miss out Aldbourne due to the shorter days but included a trip to Shrivenham, so we'll have a few less familiar roads to ride and a few less climbs - what's not to like at this time of the year?!

As this is a 56km ride to accommodate post Christmas legs and the shorter days we won't plan a coffee stop so bring some snacks with you - as well as your lights !
What a delightful way to start the 2017 3* calendar :)

With the addition of Simon Atkins who joined us for the first time (welcome to you Simon), we fielded a healthy 16 riders for what promised to be a dry, if cloudy, 56km ride over Ridgeway and back.

The cloudy bit was correct but as we were cycling 'through' the cloud we got a bit wetter than anticipated, though spirits seemed buoyant throughout. Sadly we lost Robin to 'inner tube failure' around Holborn Hill (hope you made it back safely Robin!).

After a brief exchange with a white van man in Lambourn, we had an extended stop to chat and snack at the top of Ashbury Hill (Walnut Tree Hill ?) before descending back to Shrivenham and the vale.

I'd planned the route to take in the particularly pleasant views of the Ridgeway en route to Uffington. I can (just) confirm that the Ridgeway was there, but the views existed only as a chromatic palette of greys!

A very pleasant, enjoyable and sociable ride was topped of by Richards' glee at having covered 35.02 miles. Bless!
56.40 km (35.05 mi)
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Written by : Jo

Posted on : January 7, 2017 at 7:24 PM

A great ride, thanks Jon.
Thank you also to Robin for sorting out my mudguard- it's much better, thanks


Written by : Richard

Posted on : January 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM

35.02 is sooo much better than 34.98!


Written by : Simon Atkin

Posted on : January 10, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Most enjoyable ride, thanks everyone. Hope to join you again soon.


Written by : Robin

Posted on : January 14, 2017 at 5:28 PM

The first puncture was ok. But my spare tube popped when I was pumping it! Then I patched the first one, and discovered that it had another puncture in it! And that all my other instant patches had lost their stickiness! So I was stuck with a pedal-and-go back to Wantage, into the shop to by a new tube, and then fit it and ride back to Grove. Phew!

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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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