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Tue Jul 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
6:30 pm
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This is the second of our Bridging Ride series designed to help those who would like to progress to the next level of cycling. As such it will be ridden at the higher end of the pace range.

If you like climbing, this is for you!

Blowingstone Hill is one of our classic climbs and acts as the centrepiece for this ride at the higher end of the range. Often run in a clockwise loop, this ride takes the opposite direction so we'll be going up Blowingstone rather than down it!

A fast trip out through the vale will take us to the first climb to Kingston Lisle from where (after a brief breath) we'll head up the Blowingstone climb.

Once regrouped at the top we'll be rewarded by a lovely descent into Lambourn and a longish climb back over the Ridgeway and back via the Letcombes.

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.

Secondary Ride Leader TBA
At 33 degrees Blowingstone wasn't everyone's cup of tea but then again Blowingstone isn't everyone's cup of tea full stop!
The eleven galant riders who took up the challenge did so magnificently and the drop down towards Lambourn seemed an excellent reward for their effort.

The long climb back up to the top of Hackpen Hill suited some very well and I even managed to carry on a conversation during the slog!

The air was positively cooling by the time we got into the Letcombes and as riders began to peel off homeward I think we all had a pretty good evening's exercise (clap)

Thanks to Jane for sweeping and Eddie for being ready to take up the secondary ride leader's mantle. Luckily a combination of heat and climbing meant that wasn't necessary ;)
37.00 km (22.99 mi)
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Written by : Eddie Little

Posted on : July 24, 2019 at 9:36 PM

As I was one of the the riders to peel off at Wantage, Thankyou Jon. A nice ride & well worth the effort!!!

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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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