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Tue Aug 3rd 2010
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Chris Walters
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Out up Hackpen Hill, via the Letcombse, returning via Seven Barrows and Blowingstone to Goosey and Denchworth. Quite lumpy but not too bad!
Riders:
Amanda Seddon
Andy Cullen
Angela Sanders
Chris Walters
Chris Wilder
Dan Cox
David Emms
David Smith
Des Higgs
Frank Schroer
Ginny Henderson
Janet Charleston
John Tranter
Jon Seddon
Liz Green
Maurice Bawden
Nick Dunton
Peter Busby
Peter Greenfield
Philip Thornton-Evison
Thomas Charleston
Tony Smith
Riders = 22
Report:
They kept coming! In all, 22 riders set off on the 3* ride - such a big group we had to split it into two smaller bunches. A big welcome to Andy, Liz, David and Peter who haven't ridden with us before. John T led the advance party out, not able to substantiate his claims of going up the Tourmalet last week (OK it was in a car so doesn't count!) with a level of fitness to match.

First incident where the second group nearly caught the first group between the Letcombes, when two very inconsiderate horsey types were riding in the road with 3 little dogs running around and not under control. The first group got away a little, when I remarked to Ginny about what a slog it would be up Hackpen against the wind. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Ginny managed to contrive a broken spoke almost immediately, and the wheel was most definitely not round, so Tony had a go at straightening it, before they limped home. After that we didn't see the first group again.

After the slog of Hackpen (I had been right!) came the descent down towards Lambourn, with a little rain being felt, and turning more persistent as we climbed Seven Barrows. Following the Blowingstone plummet, we kept up a pretty decent pace back to Grove, apart from those who cut the ride short to go home.

Top ride - it was amazing to see so many new faces, and to get so many people out on a 3* ride!

Distance:
37.40 km (23.24 mi)
Ride Details:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/43050835
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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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