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Sat Dec 6th 2008
Moderate Saturday afternoon ride from Grove
Leader:
Sorrel Williams
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Regular Saturday afternoon ride of 60-70km with tea stop.

Leaving from Grove and heading towards Lambourn, Ashbury, Compton Beachamp and then onto Uffington, Fawler (and yes, up THAT hill). Back to Wantage via Sparsholt and Childrey. Tea at either the Cornerstone Cafe or Sainsbury's depending on the time and weather.

Lights needed and route can be seen here http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=25521
Riders:
Chris Walters
David Bridge
Dean Douglas
Geoff Neill
Henk Altmann (deceased)
John Tranter
Lyn Taylor
Maurice Bawden
Mavis Rose
Michael Catherall
Neil Warner
Sorrel Williams
Riders = 12
Report:
A 'slippery' ride.

It all started so well - more riders than were expected for a Winter ride, but at least it was sunny. The ride went through Wantage but followed a short detour due to the roadworks at the Camel roundabouts. Your trusty ride leader decided that it was slippery after all,when she picked herself up from the floor. However, all that was bruised was one ego. We carried on to Letcombes and then up to the top of Sparsholt Firs and onto Lambourn.

A fantastic meandering route out of Lambourn with hardly any traffic to arrive at the top of Ashbury. Considering the 'mishap' earlier, it wasn't too much of a surprise that some of us were quite cautious going down the hill into Ashbury - no casualties (apart from Dean's phone...well, I think it was a phone when he showed us all the bits). Onto Knighton, Uffington and then Fawler Hill (it was beginning to get a bit cold as the sun went down). We whizzed through Sparsholt and Childrey to arrive in Wantage Sainsbury's for our tea and cake at 4pm. Fantastic timing and a super route!
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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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