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Sun Dec 6th 2020
White Horse Cycle Challenge, 2* 2*
Leader:
Stephanie Haddrell
Start Time:
10:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
2*Ride Leaving OMH out to Denchworth and on to West Challow via footpath to Childrey, on Leaving to Sparsholt Westcot, along the springline to Dragon Hill ..... Down to Woolstone Uffington and home via Baulking, Goosey and Denchworth .
Report:
The ride had been moved from Thursday due to heavy showers and wind, and we chose Sunday as.. it was supposed to be the better day of the weekend! Still no dazzling sunshine, winds or rain were just perfect for a hard climb!
We met at OMH full of anticipation and a little trepidation, Des, Karl, David and myself with our two new riders Terry and Lizzie.
Heading out to Challow via Denchworth we rode along the footpath to Childrey which was a little muddy although thankfully quiet. As we headed on through Sparsholt and Westcott up to the springline all were in great spirits, that is until I gave my pre hill brief; ' it will be tough use your gears and change down early, take your time!, Des and Karl will advise re gear change; Des 'an e bike would be good' or Karl you can always roll back down, or walk!. Des...'Make sure you shout if you are going to stop!' So fully briefed and prepared we tackled the spring line with grace and finesse. The hill loomed although thankfully we couldn't see all of it. David went up first to keep warm and we didnt see him until he was poised with camera at the top. Lizzie and I took it slowly and helped it each up the hill; the temptation to stop and admire the view over the manger was not too great as we couldn't see it, ..and so we carried on up to be greeted by David with camera poised! terry was next up and so good to see him. Unfortunately Des had a technical at the foot of the hill and together he and Karl made their way up braving the elements and showing their tenacity. So very grateful to see Chris at the top with gorgeous home made mince pies and mulled wine which was amazing! As we were taking stock we spied Patrick climbing the Hill Great Job Patrick! the ride back , via Uffington Baulking and Goosey, was a breeze and it was so good to be able to ride with the group of great club members!
Distance:
35.89 km (22.30 mi)
 
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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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