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Sat Sep 7th 2013
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 3*
Leader:
Nick Dunton
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Heading north for an arc round Witney, dipping a cleat into the Windrush and Evenload valleys. A mix of small country lanes and some larger roads where we can stretch our legs. A few hills as we flirt with the fringes of the Cotswolds – plus the climb from Tadpole Bridge to Buckland – but nothing serious. Small section of bridle path. Tea stop at Bampton or Aston. 80km. Back c. 5.30

Route: Grove, Denchworth, West Hanney, Southmoor, Appleton, Cumnor, Farmoor, Swinford Bridge, Enysham, Cuckoo Lane, East End, Ashford Bridge, Wilcote, Delly End, Hailey, Priest Hill Lane, Crawley, Brize Norton, Bampton, Aston and Great Brook lane, Tadpole Bridge, Buckland, Charney Bassett, Denchworth, Grove.
Riders:
Adrian West
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
Jan McCabe
John Tranter
Louis Hall
Mark Austin
Nick Dunton
Richard Preece
Riders = 10
Report:
A closely matched group meant that we made good progress throughout. We started on a summer afternoon and finished in an autumn evening - the interesting selection of clothing on display at the start demonstrating the changing seasons. We took a slightly shorter route option after Curbridge [Yelford Lane], avoiding Brize & Bampton, owing to the strong headwinds expected in the latter section - although surprisingly this only saved about 3km. This is probably a better option for future runs on this route as the roads are less busy. Tea at Aston Pottery after 60km was very welcome. There was a little rain just as we got to Denchworth on the homeward leg: some stopped for waterproofs, some dashed for the carpark. [Needless to say, I was absolutely drenched cycling home in the downpour that came 20 minutes after the ride finished! Nice rainbows though.]

Distance:
77.38 km (48.08 mi)
Ride Details:
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1768872
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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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