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Sat Oct 3rd 2015
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 3*
Leader:
Nicole Pethybridge
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Monthly 60-70km (38-45 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). Likely to visit distant destinations. Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing likely.

The Lambourn Loop will be a regular paced 3* around the west side of the Vale. Heading out through Denchworth and making our way to Shrivenham before turning south to Bishopstone and then up over the ridgeway to Lambourn. A cafe stop in Lambourn at 26 miles (41.6km). After the cafe stop we need to rise over the ridgeway again towards Sparsholt and then a breeze back round via Denchworth to Grove.


The two straightforward climbs will be taken at moderate pace to accommodate anyone who has been riding on the cusp of 3*and fancies finishing their season with a flourish.

Total mileage 39miles (62.4km)
Anticipated 1294 ft climbing (394m)
Report:
We were blessed with what may be the last truly fine and warm Indian summer weather. Traffic had held up the Townsins so 12 set off to circumnavigate the Vale in an anticlockwise (ish) direction out through Denchworth and Charney Bassett. Turning towards Shellingford Karen and Jon managed to join us. We maintained a steady 15mph to Shrivenham. It then became just a little more lumpy but quiet and interesting to ride roads less frequently travelled. Through Asbury we were cheered on by Adrian where Richard stopped to have a chat with his dancing partner!!! (see 20th Sept report). We turned up Ashbury Hill and were then rewarded by the splendid run into Lambourn. Here 'the cafe' offered lots of soft seating and quickly delivered cakes and drinks -perfect.
We said goodbye to Brian, Ursula and David who headed towards their respective homes and the remaining group went over the gallops and then down Seven Acre Hill, minus a few Wantage bound.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the ride and the banter as we kept up a neat little group all the way back through Sparsholt and Denchworth home. Thanks to all for a lovely afternoon -one to be repeated I think:)
Distance:
64.00 km (39.77 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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