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Tue Aug 1st 2017
Tuesday 3* Evening Ride 3*
David Talboys
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.

This is a bridging ride at the lower level of the range to encourage riders who feel ready to move up to the next star level. The route is that of a cancelled ride from earlier in the season. There should be plenty of daylight to cover the 40 km at a comfortable pace. Apart from Hackpen Hill, there are a couple of other minor climbs, with some long enjoyable descents and a flat return home.

Broadly, this will be a ride out to Seven Barrows, via The Letcombes and Hackpen Hill. The sharp turn before Lambourn will take us to descents of Blowingstone and Fawler Hills, before returning via Baulking, Park Lane, and Denchworth.
Another popular ride attracted 17 riders to the start for this bridging ride. Due to the numbers we split into two groups with Dave leading the first group and myself, Nicole, leading the second. Of course we wanted to give the first group of riders enough space so took a good bridging pace through the Letcombes. As we watched the first group scale Hackpen Hill we were joined by a friendly chap we had just seen going in the opposite direction. Having been interested in the group he turned around and joined us. After Yvonne had given him a compelling introduction (something about lots of women;) ) he joined us for the remainder of the ride. Up and over Hackpen Hill we enjoyed the descent and made light work back through the gallops to Blowingstone. Safely down towards Lambourne we enjoyed the flat meander back to Grove to meet up with the remains of the first group.

A steady ride giving new and 2* riders a good feel for the 3* group. We hope to see regular riders and our visitor Richard Hypher on more 3* rides again.
41.84 km (26.00 mi)
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Start Locations
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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