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Sun Dec 8th 2013
Mince Pie Ride - 2* 2*
Leader:
David Smith
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
For full details of the event see the "Annual Mince Pie Ride" entry.

The 2* ride will leave after the 3* group at about 10:00 - but please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand to register.

Ride out with us to the NT car park at White Horse Hill, Uffington, for mince pies and mulled wine.

The 2* ride will head out to the Letcombes with a short climb of Holborn hill to get the climbing muscles working. We'll then drop down to Childrey and continue through Sparsholt and Westcot to Kingston Lisle. Time permitting, we'll drop down to Uffington before ascending back up to cross the B4507 and continue up over dragon hill below the White horse. We'll join the other cycling groups for minced pies and mulled wine (in aid of Whizz Kidz) in the main NT car park. (about 13 miles)

Afterwards we'll be heading back to Wantage via a loop through the Vale.
Riders:
Amanda Seddon
Andy Pixton
Angela Sanders
Brian Hipwell
Chris Young
David Smith
Derek Boutle
Des Higgs
Glen Savegar
Janet Charleston
John Vandore
Katherine Boyce
Mark Austin
Maurice Allsworth
Nicole Pethybridge
Steve Sanders
Susan Holdroyd
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 18

Weather:
sunny intervalssunny
Report:
Another great turnout with 22 2* riders leaving Wantage Market Place and we seemed to pick up a few more riders en-route as well! The group kept together well all the way to the foot of Dragon Hill where it was a case of every rider for themselves up the climb. The cattle grids seemed particularly slippy this year and we had a slight headwind, but the sun was shining and, I think, everyone enjoyed the climb. The car park with its promise of mulled wine and mince pies was a welcome sight and the chance to chat with riders from the other groups was a bonus. A much smaller 2* group left the car park for a loop around the Vale and back to Wantage, with several groups making their own way home or joining the group heading for the meal in East Hanney.

Unfortunately the Puncture Fairy was out on the approach to Woolstone, a large thorn was quickly removed and a new tube installed and we were on our way. Various people dropped off as we passed close to their homes and 3 of us returned safely back to Wantage Market Place.

Thanks to Glen for sweeping and thanks to all the riders for coming out and helping to raise money for a great cause.

A special welcome to Chris on his first group ride, hopefully we will see you again soon.

I apologise that the GPS track doesn’t start until Letcombe Regis, operator error! The distance was actually 39.6 km or 24.6 miles.
Distance:
39.60 km (24.61 mi)
Ride Details:
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2068055
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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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