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Sun Oct 19th 2003
Regular Wantage Ride
Des Higgs
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
Includes a lunch stop at a pub
Angela Douglas (dec)
Barbara Muritu
Barry Eastwood
Clair Harding
Des Higgs
Diane Stuckey
Ginny Henderson
Nigel Stuckey
Pat Hurt
Rex Belcher
Richard Divall
Roger Payn
Stephen Quartermain
Steve Swanton
Teresa Belcher
Riders = 15
A sunny Autumn morning saw 15 riders heading west from Wantage on the Ashbury Road (after a brief stop while Angela repeated her nursey bit by helping an old lady who had fallen over in Newbury Street back on her feet). The views across the Vale were clear and wide-ranging and the Autumn colours near their peak. After a lumpy wind-assisted ride to Kingston Winslow we headed north towards Shrivenham and started to notice the wind for the first time. After climbing towards Highworth we dropped down through Sevenhampton and on to the Freke Arms at Hannington for lunch.
After our meal the sun had gone and the wind had stiffened in the East. So we were battling into it for much of the afternoon. We continued north towards Fairford cycling around the south side of the airbase then via the scenic route N. of the A417 to Lechlade. The Black Cat was full alas, so we headed out to the Garden Centre for tea.
By this stage, the youngsters were tiring, so the decision was taken to split the group at Buscot with Steve leading Clair, Angela and Richard (and Pat) back via Faringdon, Fernham & Baulking while the main group continued via Coleshill & the Coxwells.
The route via Faringdon was at least 54 miles and we got back to Grove just after 6pm at sunset.
Steve S.
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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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