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Sat Aug 16th 2008
A tour around the South East Cotswolds - long morning ride
Leader:
Chris Walters
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
Cerney Wick Visitor Centre car park - SU 072 097
Description:
South Cerney - Kemble - Tetbury - Westonbirt - Malmesbury - Ashton Keynes - South Cerney. 69km of gentle (for the Cotswolds) terrain, meet at the visitor centre http://www.ukattraction.com/heart-of-england/cotswold-gateway-visitors-centre.htm, where a meal can be had at the end of the ride. Planning on getting elevenses somewhere on the way round, but nothing specifically organised. The ride will be at a moderate rather than leisurely pace (but not fast!).

Full route: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=11905.

You must let me know if you plan to come along - if no-one calls me, the ride won't happen!
Riders:
Angela Sanders
Bryan Charleston
Chris Walters
Geoff Neill
Henk Altmann (deceased)
Steve Sanders
Riders = 6
Report:
Well, with the weather forecast oscillating between dire and not-so-dire, we did very well! A small group of 6 set out in the dry on the allotted route, routefinding was generally pretty good, with the only lapses when riders who weren't monitoring the route took the lead (they'll learn!). With the impending weather, we decided not to stop for any longer than a loo break in Malmesbury, but to no avail, as the drizzle started just as we left Malmesbury. It was a very refreshing drizzle though, and we were soon out of it, crossing the quaint level crossing at Minety, and running the gauntlet of the closed road near Ashton Keynes (with another quick episode of riders missing a turn by going off the front!)

We were greeted by a squadron of Minis back at the finish, so dived into the cafe before they could say "cup of tea and a slice of cake", and had a bite of lunch while catching up on the superb British medal haul in the velodrome - a great morning ride! Don't forget the follow-up ride on September 20th... you'll be most welcome!
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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.
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