Past Ride

Important announcement:

Due to the Government advice on the current Covid-19 outbreak, we have regretfully decided to suspend the current year's ride programme with immediate effect. We will resume the programme as soon as it is deemed safe to do so and inform member riders directly.

We send details of upcoming rides in a weekly email newsletter. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please contact [javascript protected email address].

Tue Jul 30th 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Katherine Boyce
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:

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 lower end of the pace range.

So a meander along the foothills of the Downs: few small hills, but nothing compared to recent weeks. Taking the East Challow route to Letcombe, allows us to test the newly tarmacked Windmill Hill descent and starting the return at Uffington and coming back via Hatford and Charney Bassett.

I'll be stopping at the pub, but there is generally some returning to Grove.

Secondary ride leader will be confirmed later

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

Optional sociable stop at The Fox, Denchworth after the ride.
So the wind had blown and the rain fallen most of the day. Much toing and froing between ride leaders and as 2 and 3 stars don't go fast enough to be dangerous on water strewn roads, the decision was to go ahead with the rides. And boy did we think we had made the right decision as the sun shone in the early evening. I even considered whether or not I needed sun cream ;) . With 6 of us, we didn't join forces with the 1&2 star combined rides, instead opting to go ahead with the planned ride.

Bit of a rain shower as we left Grove to head towards Challow, nothing much. The real rain started as we left Letcombe Regis - having come down a partially mended, gravel strewn Windmill Hill. The rain got more and more forceful. Monsoon like. When we got to Childrey, I paused to ensure that no one objected to cutting the ride short and going straight to the pub using the shortest bit of the A417 possible.

We fully expected the 2* ride to be waiting for us but by some miracle they did their full ride with barely a drop of rain :0 . Even the pub were surprised by the number of cyclists who had turned out, probably a good job that not all of us were dripping wet!
23.89 km (14.84 mi)
Ride Details:
Proposed Route:"
Comment on this ride

Ride Filter
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.
More Information
Ride Calendar
« Jul 2020 »
Recent Rides
Tue Jul 7th 2020
Virtual Turbo Session
Virtual Pub Night
10 riders

Mon Jul 6th 2020
Cycle Treasure Hunt 24 June - 6 July

Tue Jun 30th 2020
Virtual Turbo Session
4 riders
Virtual Pub Night
9 riders

Tue Jun 23rd 2020
Virtual Pub Night
10 riders
Virtual Turbo Session

Tue Jun 16th 2020
Virtual Turbo Session
5 riders Ride has photos
Virtual Pub Night
14 riders

Mon Jun 15th 2020
Cycle Treasure Hunt 9-15 June 2020

Tue Jun 9th 2020
Virtual Turbo session
7 riders Ride has photos
Virtual Pub Night
16 riders

Thu Jun 4th 2020
Thursday Catch-up
7 riders

Tue Jun 2nd 2020
Virtual Pub Night
19 riders

Sun Mar 22nd 2020

Sat Mar 21st 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - 1* Saturday Half Day Ride

Thu Mar 19th 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - Daytime 1* Thursday Ride

Tue Mar 17th 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride

Sun Mar 15th 2020
Sunday Shortie 3* Vale & Downland ride.
35km 3 riders

Sat Mar 14th 2020
2* Saturday Half Day Ride
45km 11 riders

Thu Mar 12th 2020
Daytime 1* Thursday Ride
24km 9 riders

Wed Mar 11th 2020
Turbo Training

Tue Mar 10th 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride

Sun Mar 8th 2020
Sunday Shortie 2*
32km 7 riders

Sat Mar 7th 2020
3* Saturday Half Day Ride
71km 13 riders Ride has photos

Ride has photos Ride has photos
Ride has comments Ride has comments

Ride Archive