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Sat Feb 4th 2017
Saturday Afternoon Ride from Grove 3*
Leader:
David Smith
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

A flattish ride out via Lechlade to the garden centre cafe at Bampton and back via Aston and Buckland Hill. A couple of small climbs around Fernham and the Coxwells on the way out and just Buckland Hill on the way home.

Pace likely to be at the higher end of 3*.
Report:
11 of us gathered outside Old Mill Hall on a glorious sunny January afternoon, with the forecast that it would stay that was.

We met Jan on the way to Denchworth and she quickly joined the group. Roger was not feeling well after a cold and was going to leave at Uffington, but we persuaded him to stay until Fernham and then again until Bampton, where he might as well finish the ride. Hope we didn't bully you too much in to staying Roger. :)

We had a visitation from the puncture fairy after Coleshill and while the main group waited a little way ahead, they were buzzed by a friendly drone. Clearly sent by someone to check out the new club shirts being worn by Roger and Jon!

Once the puncture was fixed we had a long, pleasant and consistent ride past Lechlade, through Clanfield and finally to well-deserved refreshment at Bampton Garden Centre. I am told the Millionaire’s Slice was excellent!

As we had had a small delay, we decided to miss out the intended loop to Aston and Great Brook and headed straight towards Buckland Hill. It was another consistent run all the way back to Grove with just a quick breather at the top of Buckland Hill and the re-crossing of the A420 to break the momentum.

We arrived back at Old Mill Hall with plenty of daylight left and time for people to get home to watch the rugby and/or get ready for the Club dinner that evening.

Thanks to Ursula for sweeping and to everyone for coming along and making it an enjoyable ride.
Distance:
64.00 km (39.77 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/12861953
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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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