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Sat Sep 22nd 2018
2* Saturday Half Day Ride 2*
Leader:
Des Higgs
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.
Bit more hilly than usual. Quite flat through the Vale and then uphill at Ashbury and lovely downhill stretch to Lambourn. Down the Lambourn valley to Great Shefford and then uphill northwards towards Wantage with a coffee stop at Sadddleback Café after approx. 30 miles. Down Chain Hill and back to Grove.
Report:
The forecast was not looking good, but it was dry as we assembled more in hope than expectation for our Saturday 2* outing. Nevertheless it was disappointing to feel the first few spots as we passed the Bay Tree and by Denchworth all of us had donned our cags...
Des had kindly picked up the ride lead in place of Suzy, but it was clear fairly quickly that he was out of sorts and at Baulking he decided to head back with Lorna (who had only been planning to ride this far in any case). So I took over the ride leading and we continued following Suzy's route through Uffington and on to Knighton where the short climb up to the B-road exercised our lungs. On to Ashbury and the first main climb of the ride up the eponymous hill. We regrouped by the Ridgeway at the top. By now the rain had set in steadily and the suggestion to stop in the caf�© in Lambourn rather than continue to Saddleback, rejoined by "and back over Hackpen?" was unanimously agreed.
So after a damp descent into Lambourn, we welcomed the warmth of the caf�© and hot drinks.
The ride back was just plain wet! The rain stung our faces on the fast descent of Hackpen hill and after the Letcombes we split to go our various ways.
One of those days when it felt good to have been out but even better to get home again! We missed your company on the rest of the ride, Des. Best wishes.

Steve S.
Distance:
48.28 km (30.00 mi)
 
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28575136"
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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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