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Sat Oct 5th 2019
3* Saturday Half Day Ride 3*
Leader:
Katherine Boyce
Start Time:
11:00 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
NOTE THAT THIS RIDE STARTS FROM WANTAGE MARKET PLACE AT 11AM

Half day ride (60-70km / 38-45 miles), with a tea stop, riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). Likely to visit distant destinations. Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing likely.

A 70km hilly ride with lunch at the delightful community café at Hampstead Norreys. Up Chain Hill and then via the Ilsleys and Compton to lunch. Afterwards we'll wiggle to Lambourn via Hermitage, Snellsmore Common and Great Shefford. Depending on how the group feels we can either take the Sheepdrove Road or the main road to cross the Ridgeway and home via the Letcombes.
Report:
A select but well matched group left the Market Place to ascend Chain Hill with barely a warm up. As ever the views were a great payback for the effort. The hill theme continued through the pretty Berkshire villages to arrive at Hampstead Norreys much quicker than I'd led Nicole to expect. Luckily she arrived just before we did and we met in the carpark :).

The cafe was heaving but luckily a group of women cyclists from Mortimer made room for us. Their ride was much hillier than ours and included going up Streatley Hill: respect.

After lunch more lovely lanes and villages (and hills) we said bye to Nicole and continued to Boxford and more familiar territory. We chose the more interesting Ridgeway ascent of Sheepdrove Road before a great descent of Hackpen Hill and home.

A great ride :)
Distance:
70.93 km (44.07 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/2773445740
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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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