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Sat Jul 21st 2018
Cycling UK Wantage 25 year Celebration - 1* 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
This year sees our cycling club reach its 25th anniversary.
To mark the event a series of rides will leave Old Mill Hall and convene at The Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall in Uffington for a celebratory Coffee Tea and Cake fest before cycling back to Grove.

The 1* route will be a leisurely tour of the Vale heading out to Uffington via Charney Bassett, Hatford and Fernham before joining the throng for tea at 3pm. We'll return via Baulking and Goosey with just a short stretch along the A417 on the way home. A round trip of about 21 miles, with several stops to enjoy our picturesque surroundings along the way. As the forecast is hot, do slap on the sun cream and have a drink with you. As ever, families very welcome, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
A lovely afternoon's riding and great to see some old friends and welcome some new faces. A warm welcome to Lizzie and the Legate family on their first ride with us and welcome back to Eve (a former Oxfordshire DA Secretary) and Neil, a fellow co-founder of the club. With riders of all ages, long-standing and new, it seemed a very fitting way to be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our amazing club.
We followed the route as planned, out through Denchworth, Charney and Gainfield to Hatford and Fernham, splitting into smaller groups so that everyone could come at their own pace and stopping regularly to regroup. Given the heat it was important to keep drinking. We stopped at the top of the hill at Fernham to admire the view of the White Horse before swooping down into Uffington. Amazingly, we arrived at the hall at the same time as the 2* and 3* groups! A really nice moment, all to be arriving together.
A convivial tea was enjoyed by all - many thanks to Chris for the drinks and cakes.
After a few words to mark the occasion and a group photo, it was soon time to head back - more direct through Baulking and Goosey and everyone did really well. Thanks everyone for your company on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
It's hard to believe that it is really 25 years since 18 riders gathered beneath King Alfred's statue for the first Regular Wantage Ride which marked the start of our club. May the next 25 years be just as much fun!
35.41 km (22.00 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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