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Sun Oct 18th 2020
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Jan McCabe
Start Time:
9:30 am
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Monthly 80-100km (50-65 miles) all-day touring ride, lunch and possibly tea stop en route, at a riding pace of 18-22km/h (11-14mph). Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing almost inevitable.

All-day touring ride (95km with some ups and downs)
Described as a 3* because of the distance and undulations, but will be at a 2* pace
Plan is to have lunch in Marlborough, personally I am currently choosing to eat outdoors, so I will probably bring my own food and buy a hot take away drink, I will be happy to wait if others choose to eat in a cafe (Stpeterschurch cafe has been recommended, or if anyone can suggest a cafe with outdoor seating)
This is a pre-bookable ride. To book a place, text your name to the ride leader (07818 041362) no earlier than 9:00am on the Monday before the ride. You will receive confirmation or be advised that the ride is fully booked. A reserve list will be maintained.
A chilly autumnal ride, but starting with Chain Hill got us warm initially, out towards Farnborough, then took the lanes through Brightwalton to Boxford. Then some little used lanes with green bits growing in the middle and picked up National Cycle route 4 just south of Marsh Benham. Followed the cycleway route through Kintbury, Hungerford and the Bedwyns (where we stopped to put extra layers on, as we'd got a bit cold) then along 3 miles of perfectly straight (but undulating) Grand Avenue through Savernake forest. A very short bit of A4 before taking a bit of cycle track into Marlborough (I admit the cycle track was unplanned, I hadn't spotted that RideWithGPS had routed that way!!). After lunch a fairly direct route home, through Mildenhall and Axford to Ramsbury, then up and over Eastwood to Lambourn, then took the Red Barn route and the the Lecombes for the last bit.
Thanks everyone for their company, hope you enjoyed the ride!
93.00 km (57.79 mi)
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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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