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Sun Nov 20th 2005
Regular Wantage Ride
Des Higgs
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
A full day ride of 80 to 100km, including a pub stop for lunch
Barry Eastwood
Derek Boutle
Des Higgs
Jan McCabe
Kevin Fairs
Mavis Rose
Pat Hurt
Peter Clayton
Richard Divall
Steve Bruffell
Steve Swanton
Sue King
Wenfeng Yang
Riders = 13
A fabulous frosty morning saw 13 of us emerging from the fog, to meet in Wantage, from where Des led us out along the downs road, up the hill at Hinton Parva to Wanborough, then took us along some cycleways to skirt the edge of Swindon, and back onto quiet lanes, by this time the fog had lifted and the sun was out, but Kevin managed to find an icy patch to skid on, the recovery was amazing, I'm not sure how he managed to stay on! We continued to the lunch stop at Watchfield, for a moment I though we were turning into McDonalds, but then I realised there was a pub next door. I wasn't able to stay for lunch, so continued home..... hope the group enjoyed the rest of the ride... feel free to add extra comments!


Following a good lunch in the warmth of the Cottage farm Inn, Des led 10 of us in a circle through Shrivenham and back up the hill towards Highworth where we turned left for Coleshill. From the sunshine in the Vale we descended into mist again in the Cole valley (chilly!). Peter's chain broke as we climbed Coleshill, but as I had a chain tool and Peter a replacement link, he managed to fix it pretty quickly. Strangely, us mechanics were enveloped in mist on the hill while the rest waited above in sunshine outside the Radnor Arms. Later saw lovely mist lying amid the trees below Badbury Hill. We returned through the Coxwells, Fernham and Baulking in sunshine but then back into thick mist for the final few miles back to Grove and Wantage.

Steve S
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Start Locations
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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