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Sun Dec 9th 2018
2* Mince Pie Ride 2*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
The 2* route takes us out via Denchworth and Charney Bassett, along Fernham Road through Shellingford and on towards White Horse Hill via Uffington.

Well fuelled, we'll be coming back via Baulking Lane and Denchworth and back to Wantage via the plane on a stick.

Don't forget your lights and a mud guard please!

Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage Market Place from 9:45 onwards or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz-Kidz.

We shall have on-road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and off-road rides to choose from - ride entries with details will appear closer to the date. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration.

Afterwards there will be a ride directly back to Wantage.

Car parking: If driving in to join rides from Wantage, there is free car parking in the Portway car park (by the Beacon, the former Civic hall) on Sundays, OX12 9BU. See http://beaconwantage.co.uk/contact and scroll to bottom of page for map.
Report:
A quiet and enjoyable amble through the vale, mostly avoiding the drizzle - but not quite!

The homeward stretch was a bit quicker and a lot drier!

Lovely mulled wine and mince pies may have had something to do with the general conviviality...
Distance:
46.00 km (28.58 mi)
 
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Sun Dec 9th 2018
RIDE CANCELLED - Off Road Mince Pie Ride 2*
Leader:
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
RIDE CANCELLED - RIDE CANCELLED
Due to prior commitments there are no ride leaders available. - Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage Market Place from 9:45 onwards or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz-Kidz.

We shall have on-road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and off-road rides to choose from - ride entries with details will appear closer to the date. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration.

Afterwards there will be a ride directly back to Wantage.

Car parking: If driving in to join rides from Wantage, there is free car parking in the Portway car park (by the Beacon, the former Civic hall) on Sundays, OX12 9BU. See http://beaconwantage.co.uk/contact and scroll to bottom of page for map.
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Sun Dec 9th 2018
3* Mince Pie Ride 3*
Leader:
Andy Pixton
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage Market Place from 9:45 onwards or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz-Kidz.

We shall have on-road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and off-road rides to choose from - ride entries with details will appear closer to the date. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration.

Afterwards there will be a ride directly back to Wantage.

Car parking: If driving in to join rides from Wantage, there is free car parking in the Portway car park (by the Beacon, the former Civic hall) on Sundays, OX12 9BU. See http://beaconwantage.co.uk/contact and scroll to bottom of page for map.
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Sun Dec 9th 2018
Mince Pie Rides 2018
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
The club's annual Mince Pie Rides invite cyclists from all over the area to join together to begin the festive season. Four separate rides start from from Wantage Market Place and wend their way over the counties arriving at White Horse Hill to enjoy (for a charitable donation) a mince pie or two and a cup of mulled wine (with or without alcohol).

The Mince Pie Rides would not be the same without the support from volunteers to hand out lashings of Christmas cheer to all the cyclists!
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Sun Dec 9th 2018
1* Mince Pie Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Ride out with us to the NT car park at White Horse Hill, Uffington, for mince pies and mulled wine. For full details of the event see the "Annual Mince Pie Ride" entry.

The 1* ride will be a sociable ride at a leisurely pace leaving after the other groups at 10:00 - but please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand to register.

The 1* ride will follow the most direct route (about 8 miles) along the foot of the Downs through East Challow on to Childrey (via the track and bridleway), Sparsholt, Westcot and Kingston Lisle. Everyone will be able to have a go cycling over Dragon Hill. Even if you get off and push, it's worth it for the fantastic views over the Manger and the Vale below. We'll drop down into the main NT car park to join the other groups for mince pies and mulled wine.

There will be a led ride retracing our tyre tracks back to Wantage after the meet.
Report:
We set off from the Market Place as 7 but by the time we left Childrey the group had grown to 12. Stuart, Dan and David caught us up at the start of the bridleway in Challow, we met Lizzie by arrangement at Silver Lane and then we just managed to stop Peter ride past us (hiding in plain sight) by Childrey pond. Evidently, I was guilty of setting off slightly too early!
Weâ??d had a brief light flurry of rain while assembling in the Market Place and a second flurry marked our departure, but as this passed the sun came out and there was just the north-westerly breeze to contend with as we headed westwards. We stopped several times to regroup after the ups, but made good time to the foot of Dragon Hill, arriving at the same time as riders from both Farcycles (Faringdon) and Freewheeling (Abingdon). Everyone took the hill at their own pace, some walking part way. We had seen showers to the north and I had just reached the top when the rain swept in. While several riders carried straight on to the NT car park, I waited for the others with my back to the rain â?? even less pleasant for those climbing. While waiting I saw two riders from the University Cycle Club, then familiar faces from Oxford City, our own two-star group and a couple of faces from the past (great to see Julian Gough and Robert Wyatt).
Eventually all were up and as we continued to the traditional gathering in the car park, the sun came out. The mulled wine was most welcome and excellent as ever. It was lovely drying off in the sunshine while catching up with friends both old and more recent.
8 of us headed back together after the meet, retracing our tracks along the B-road to Westcot and then back to Wantage through the springline villages. And with the sun out and the breeze behind us, it was a lovely ride home.
Thanks to all for your company on the ride and welcome back to Martin, Stuart and Lyn and warm welcomes to Dan and Dave. Particular thanks, of course, to the catering team for providing the essential ingredients. And thanks to Martyn and Nick for sweeping.
Distance:
25.43 km (15.80 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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