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Tue Jun 26th 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Nicole Pethybridge
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.

I thought it was about time for the midsummer ascent of White Horse Hill. A straightforward run out to Uffington and up Dragon Hill. A moment to take in the view and then a descent through Woolstone and Fernham taking the Hatford, Charney Basset roads back to Denchworth.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.

Independent riding from Denchworth back to Grove. Don't forget to bring lights if riding after a pub stop.
Well what a lovely evening it turned out to be. 20 riders turned out on a gloriously warm (sun) evening. We welcomed Joe a new rider as we split into two evenly matched groups to head out to the White Horse.

Despite or perhaps aided by the warmth we spun easily to Uffington and made our way up the first section of the hill. Crossing the spring line road the work began but everyone made it up to the top. Well done to those doing it for the first time. We rejoined both groups for a photo opportunity at the top and took in the glorious view whilst getting our breath back.

It was on the return that the fun started. The leader was temporarily confused as to whether she still lived in Shrivenham or was heading back to Grove and that meant the groups who had descended separately met at the junction to Fernham Road. Being courteous at this point ;) and following the Highway Code group 2 now had right of way and went ahead. However with a rush of blood to the head and the legs a swift overtaking manoeuvre was conducted. All in good spirits if not a little unusual. Hugo and Nick could not resist and joined in. Only for Hugo to stop abruptly not long after with a puncture.
This all resulted in a nice mixing of the groups heading back to Denchworth. A wonderful sunny ride with equal high spirits was capped off nicely in the beer garden of The Fox.
A great club evening.

Thanks to Katherine and all the sweeps
37.68 km (23.41 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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