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Mon Jul 6th 2020
Cycle Treasure Hunt 24 June - 6 July
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
8:00 pm
Start Location:
A place of your choice
Description:
While we are unable to cycle together as a club, a cycle treasure hunt can provide us with a common goal for individual or household cycling. To participate, all you need to do is find the answers to any three of the clues while riding over the coming two weeks (between now and 8pm, on Monday 6 July). Do share your experiences of riding to collect the answers with the club on Facebook or by email to Steve.

For this hunt, there are 12 clues distributed from Wantage to the north and east, roughly in the triangle formed between Wantage, Abingdon and Didcot. Each clue is provided on the interactive googlemap accessed through the link below. Just click on a checkpoint to reveal the clue. No route between the clues is provided. It is for each rider to plan their own route(s) to collect the clues, depending on their starting point.

All clues are located in quiet, readily-accessible public places. Most clues are intended to draw attention to points and places of interest that we sometimes cycle through or past without really noticing. Do take the time to take in and enjoy your surroundings.

Click on the interactive map here

1. The clues are in no particular order. You could collect them in a single ride or on several rides over the two weeks if you want to.
2. Please do share your experience on the club Facebook page.
3. But please dont give away the answers!
4. If you do have trouble finding the answers, please let Steve know.
5. Please email your answers to Steve by 8pm on Monday evening (6 July),
6. The answers and results will be given out at the Virtual Pub Night on 7 July and subsequently through the website,
7. There are no prizes for being the first to complete the challenge but it may merit a mention, as might the most interesting, longest or shortest routes.
8. Above all, have fun, enjoy cycling and stay safe.
Report:
Two windy weekends made hunting down the clues rather more difficult than you'd normally expect mid-summer. Congratulations to Ursula and Dave who blitzed all 12 on a very windy Sunday.
Cycling over from Newbury, they were the only riders to complete the full treasure hunt within the time limit. Awesome!! (Peter and Ros completed the set the following day).
Sadly, the answer to the West Hendred clue, shown in the picture below went missing during the fortnight and couldn't be found despite strenuous searching by several riders. It is evident from Ursula's picture that the gate remained open.
Nice to hear that some riders had visited places not visited before. The Millenium Green at Kingston Bagpuize and Dry Sandford Pit were new to us when Lorna and I visited on one of our weekly rides and we will certainly return to both for further exploration.
We hadn't explored Alfred's Well off Lock's Lane previously either!

The checkpoint map remains open via the link above for anyone to use as a spur for riding and exploration. Enjoy!
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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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