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Tue Apr 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 1* Rides restart 1*
Leader:
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.

For our first outing of the season, a gentle ride to the large village green at Goosey and back via Denchworth a round trip of about 9 miles. We'll stop to admire the green and the views from Goosey. It can be cold in the lanes at this time of year so please bring an extra layer. Gloves recommended.
Report:
A gentle start to our season of easy evening rides saw 5 of us head out to Goosey via Denchworth. It was nice to see Sheena out again and Susan on her first ride of the year.
Birds soon became a theme of the evening. We heard and saw peacocks in Denchworth, song birds were in good voice in the hedges along the lanes, we disturbed lapwings in passing near Asti stud and saw swallows and numerous jackdaws on the green at Goosey.
We stopped for a rest outside the little church at the far corner of the green and made a brief exploration of the churchyard, the church itself no longer being open. We noted a very large bird box on an overlooking oak - presumably for an owl. A surprisingly large pile of debris beneath an old nest under the eaves of the church, suggested an extremely inefficient nest builder!
As it was a pleasantly mild evening and everyone was feeling fit, we took an extended loop back via North Denchworth. Along the Charney Bassett road we were passed by three time-triallists in quick succession wearing numbers 1, 2 and 4; so what had happened to no. 3?
We arrived back in Grove in good time before sunset after a mellow ride. Thanks everyone for your company .
Distance:
15.61 km (9.70 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Gareth Smith
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.

Out via Denchworth and Lyford to Southmoor. Bridge over the A420. Then along to Hinton Waldrist. Back via Pusey and Charney Bassett. 18.7miles. We should be back before dark but bring lights.
Report:
The weather seemed to threaten rain before we set off, but true to the forecast the evening was fine and dry. A steady ride out towards Southmoor followed by the foot/cycle bridge over the A420. A short stop in Hinton Waldrist by the church - and near the site of the former castle followed by the gentle downhill to Charney Basset via Pewsey. Crossing the A420 again was not so difficult as the traffic had eased by this time of the evening. We had been informed of a cycling time trial taking place along part of our route back from Charney Bassett but we didn't meet any of the competitors - At least until the 3* ride caught us up between Denchworth railway bridge and Grove when some riders sped back.
Distance:
30.09 km (18.70 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
David Yearley
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.
Report:
Distance:
31.00 km (19.26 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Nicole Pethybridge
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.

A fairly flat run out to Compton Beauchamp to make best use of the nice new tarmac road. Due to the flatfish nature it is anticipated to run this at the top end of 3* pace with the aim to be back in the light.
This isn't guaranteed to please BRING LIGHTS just in case.

Secondary ride leader: Katherine Boyce
Report:
A good turn out for a sprint round the vale. Thanks to Katherine for leading the second group as our group swelled and we split at Denchworth.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the quick pace, averaging 15mph, and the lovely tarmac road up to Compton Beauchamp, We even had an extra bit of smooth tarmac to see us home on Park Lane.
We managed to arrive back in super quick time, with the light and smiles on our faces :) (clap)
Distance:
42.03 km (26.12 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Peter Cowan
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.

A fairly generic flat spin across the Vale with 2x rises to raise the heart rate. White Horse Hill optional, but advised.

Tight, tidy & brisk group riding on the flat, do your own thing on the hills. Regrouping on both.

Lights still advisable and If it's wet and you don't have mudguards, please stay at the back.
Report:
A close evening under ominous skys, 5 optimistic 4*'ers gathered at Old Mill Hall trusting in the forecasts and not bringing wet weather attire.
Early signs were not good, with the smell of rain in the air, cloud bursts were spotted over to the west, exactly where we were heading!
As we swooshed through Denchworth, we collected a lost and visibly confused Paul Jarvis to make it a tidy 6.
We pressed on towards the rides twin peaks of Kingston Lisle and the menacing Dragon Hill (one of Oxfordshire's top 10 dogging spots, according to todays Oxford Mail). No great differences in form today, so we quickly regrouped and descended back into the Vale, where we happened upon not 1, but 2 other CUK groups enjoying the warm and muggy evening.
We said goodbye (hi) to Phil at Hatford and continued onward towards Charney Bassett where we raised a glass (beer) in celebration of Franks' birth anniversary.
A nice time was had by all, and happily, we stayed dry on the outside.
Distance:
50.00 km (31.07 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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