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Sun Aug 12th 2018
Dibley Dawdle 3*
Leader:
Nick Dunton
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
Benson Waterfront Cafe
Description:
Start at the Waterfront Cafe in Benson. Free parking in St Helen's Avenue opposite the cafe. Cafe opens at 08.00, so plenty of opportunity for caffeine loading and loo visits before the depart. We take the back way through Wallingford and over the Ridgeway to Ipsden, with a grungy, grass-down-the-middle lane to climb towards Stoke Row. After that, easier roads to Henley and the attractive riverside road to Remenham and the climb of Remenham Hill. Coffee stop at Velolife, Warren Row. From there it is fairly flat to the lunch stop at Jenner's Cafe, Maidenhead. We then ascend Winter Hill [the easier way], through Marlow, then lovely lanes through Freith and Fingest to reach Turville. Then it's hard work up the Turville Tunnel to Christmas Common and a fast descent of Watlington Hill. Then pretty flat home through Chalgrove. Afternoon tea at the Waterfront. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO RIDE - WON'T RUN IF NO TAKERS.
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Hugo Pile
Jan McCabe
Louis Hall
Nick Dunton
Nicole Pethybridge
Riders = 6

Weather:
cloudy with light rainwindy
Report:
Despite the dire weather forecast, this turned out to be a largely dry ride. Waterproofs mostly stayed in the back pocket, and the majority of surfaces were water-free, although recent rain had washed lots of gravel into the road, so care was needed in places. A wide variety of cycling clothes were on display at the depart. Soon after Checkendon Jan had two front wheel punctures within five kilometres, and yes they were two different punctures in different parts of the tyre. These were the only mechanical problems on the ride. We were a little behind schedule but still stopped for coffee at Velolife which was, as ever, full of the lycra-clad. Andy left us here to go and get some extra kilometres. Jenner's was quiet and efficient so we lunched and left within 30 minutes. The only other incident of note was the large agriculture vehicle descending Watlington Hill, which slowed our homeward plummet.
Distance:
107.30 km (66.67 mi)
Ride Details:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10024599
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Wantage Market Place
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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.
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