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Sat Apr 29th 2017
5th Saturday Special 3* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Nick Stokell - 07582 483315
Start Time:
9:00 am
Start Location:
Woodstock 09.00
Description:
A scenic, hilly 3* ride starting from Woodstock (Free car park by the Library on Hensington Road), based on Jack Thurston’s Lost Lanes Cotswolds route, and passing through Stow on the Wold, Slaughters, Bourton on the Water before entering the slightly flatter country of the Windrush Valley which is followed through to Burford and Minster Lovell before heading back to Woodstock.

I’m deliberately avoiding stopping in Stow and Bourton which will be heaving; instead I plan an early re-fuel at Wyatts Garden Centre near the Stones (c 1030), before the lumpiest bits, and a late lunch stop at the delightful Sherborne Village Shop and Tea Room about 1400-1430.

My GPS reckoned about 1300 m of climbing so it’s roughly similar in degree of difficulty to the Blowingstone Audax.

Can you please text me on 07582 483315 or email me on nicknpbmd@aol.com by Wed 26 April if you plan on coming.

Sunset: 8:26pm   Twilight Ends: 9:04pm
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20346275

Sun Apr 30th 2017
3* Lite 3* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Karen Townsin - 07768066413
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
This is the first in this season's series. The purpose of the 3* lite rides is to give confident 2* riders the chance to try out a 3* ride ride at the lower end of the 3* riding pace. There will be opportunities to experience riding at a faster pace on the flat and to attempt some hills. The atmosphere will be supportive and encouraging and there will be the opportunity to stop for a coffee and a natter at the end.
All welcome.

This week we'll warm up by riding out to Denchworth, then ascend the Ridgeway from Sparsholt. We'll return via Seven Barrows and Goosey. In all 45km/27 miles with 350m/1150ft of climbing.

Sunset: 8:28pm   Twilight Ends: 9:06pm
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20212161

Tue May 2nd 2017
Tuesday 1* Evening Ride 1* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Karen Townsin - 07768066413
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Our leisurely and sociable 10-mile club rides are designed specifically with adult newcomers to cycling and youngsters in mind, or those who just want some relaxed and sociable exercise. We cover a distance of about 10 miles at a gentle pace of 8-10 mph, following quiet country lanes and the occasional easy off-road track. We stop regularly to catch our breath, to take in the views and anything that takes our interest along the way.

This week we will be riding to East Challow then Childrey via a well surfaced bridleway, then back to OMH via Goosey. There is a very short section on the A417.

Sunset: 8:31pm   Twilight Ends: 9:10pm
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8775116

Tue May 2nd 2017
Tuesday Off Road Evening Ride 2* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Robin Tucker - 07901 622622
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know. Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any two. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Sunset: 8:31pm   Twilight Ends: 9:10pm

Tue May 2nd 2017
Tuesday 2* Evening Ride 2* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Nicole Pethybridge - 07789 228361
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

This is a bridging ride at the lower level of the range to encourage riders who feel ready to move up to the next star level
Sunset: 8:31pm   Twilight Ends: 9:10pm

Tue May 2nd 2017
Tuesday 3* Evening Ride 3* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Katherine Boyce - 07817 727563
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.

This is a bridging ride at the lower level of the range to encourage riders who feel ready to move up to the next star level. This week we are going to have a very gentle introduction to Hackpen Hill. We'll make our way through the Letcombes, pausing at the top of Holborn Hill to admire the view and catch our breath before on to the piece de resistance: Hackpen. Everyone will go up at their own pace and have time at the top to enjoy the gorgeous views before swooping down to Sparsholt and a potter round the Vale before returning to Grove.

Sunset: 8:31pm   Twilight Ends: 9:10pm
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20630204

Tue May 2nd 2017
Tuesday 4* Evening Ride 4* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Phil Ward - 07789 691823
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Weekly 1.5-2 hours ride at an average riding pace of ~25km/h (16mph). May be hilly.

This is a bridging ride at the LOWER level of the range to encourage riders who feel ready to move up to the next star level.

Donovan's "Mello Yellow" (1967) is an inspiration for this ride. C'mon and feel the 4* breeze folks - but not too much of it as you'll be tucked in nicely, following a wheel won't you? Actually, as the song says "Born high forever to fly, Wind velocity nil" we might even get dreamy evening float conditions, we'll see ?

We're heading East towards the Power Station (hat tip to Robert Palmer) on a shorter 44km loop. Lumps and bumps predominantly in the first half, on at times narrow and gravel-strewn lanes, opening out to delicious smooth tarmac around Milton Park in a rare urban dalliance. The final section is a flat run-in to build the tension culminating with the Denchworth Dash to give the full 4* experience :D.
At a relaxed average speed of ~25kph (range 16-40kph) it should take us to around 8:15pm to get round, well before dusk.
Lights and spares are de rigueur, appropriate clothing/drinks etc for the day is up to you - I'm not your Mum (doh) !!
Come expecting some closer formation/group riding (its both efficient & collegial), concentration, clear "hazard calling" and a good workout. We chat too, but only when all the other bases are covered ;-)

Any queries please do get in touch, we don't bite, honest!

Sunset: 8:31pm   Twilight Ends: 9:10pm
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20067369

Sat May 6th 2017
3* Saturday Afternoon Ride 3* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Monthly 60-70km (38-45 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). Likely to visit distant destinations. Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing likely.
Sunset: 8:38pm   Twilight Ends: 9:17pm

Mon May 8th 2017
Committee Meeting Add to Calendar
Contact:
Start Time:
7:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Committee Meeting
Sunset: 8:41pm   Twilight Ends: 9:21pm

Tue May 9th 2017
Tuesday 1* Evening Ride 1* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Our leisurely and sociable 10-mile club rides are designed specifically with adult newcomers to cycling and youngsters in mind, or those who just want some relaxed and sociable exercise. We cover a distance of about 10 miles at a gentle pace of 8-10 mph, following quiet country lanes and the occasional easy off-road track. We stop regularly to catch our breath, to take in the views and anything that takes our interest along the way.
Sunset: 8:42pm   Twilight Ends: 9:23pm

Tue May 9th 2017
Tuesday Off Road Evening Ride 2* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know. Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any two. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Sunset: 8:42pm   Twilight Ends: 9:23pm

Tue May 9th 2017
Tuesday 2* Evening Ride 2* Add to Calendar
Contact:
John Tranter
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.
Sunset: 8:42pm   Twilight Ends: 9:23pm

Tue May 9th 2017
Tuesday 3* Evening Ride 3* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Andy Pixton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.
Sunset: 8:42pm   Twilight Ends: 9:23pm

Tue May 9th 2017
Tuesday 4* Evening Ride 4* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Nick Stokell
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Weekly 1.5-2 hours ride at a riding pace of 25-29km/h (16-18mph). May be hilly.
Sunset: 8:42pm   Twilight Ends: 9:23pm

Sat May 13th 2017
Novices Off-Road Ride 1* Add to Calendar
Contact:
Robin Tucker - 07901 622622
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
97, The Causeway, Steventon
Description:
A return of the well-received special ride for those beginning or wanting to learn a bit more about off-roading. It starts with a 'teach in' and ends with a short but pleasant ride.

We'll start at my house with a bike check, and check out tyre pressures and suspension settings. (There should be enough car parking on my drive).

Second we'll do a 2 mile loop up Steventon Hill and back down, which provides a chance to learn the key off-road skills for climbing, descending and going down singletrack in the woods like a Jedi.

Third, for those who would like to, we'll ride a 10-mile loop up to The Ridgeway and back to sample a bigger climb and a bigger descent and put all those skills into practice. I will adjust this to suit the group on the day.

See last year’s report here: http://www.ctcwantage.org.uk/rides.php?id=2753
Sunset: 8:49pm   Twilight Ends: 9:30pm

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WMP
Wantage Market Place
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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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