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Sat Feb 27th 2016
Saturday Afternoon Ride from Grove 2*
Leader:
Ursula Hallam
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

A regular 2* route to Faringdon for tea and cake. Spring is all around us already, don't let it pass you by.

Out via the Letcombes, Kingstone Lisle, Uffington and the grand old barn at Great Coxwell.
Back via Shellingford, Hatford, Charney Basset and Denchworth.

Lights please for grey weather or unexpected delays.
Riders:
Adrian West
Brian Hipwell
Chris Gray
Chris Walters
David Bridge
David Smith
Des Higgs
John Groves
John Tranter
Karl Blake
Nick Dunton
Phil Ward
Sara Ward
Tony Clark
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 15

Weather:
windy (fine)cold
Report:
A strong turnout for this nippy but dry February day - 15 in total gathered at OMH. The energetic warm-up on Holborn Hill unfortunately ended in two of our number leaving us due to broken spoke and dodgy chain mechanicals - pub and rugby likely being their solace.
Continuing along the spring line road and through the villages of Kingston Lisle and Uffington, Faringdon folly was soon spotted along with kites, buzzards, sparrowhawks, daffs and snowdrops. Good to be out, no matter the nip in the air.
A few gentle hills saw us at the grand old barn with the last hill taking us to the Highworth road.
Fancying a 'new' tea stop I handed over the reins at this point to Des to get us there - thanks Des. The Quad tea & coffee rooms supplied ample teas & coffees and, a first for me, chocolate scones!
Back on the road, the return route into the wind was fresh but not too difficult to maintain a steady 2* pace.
With everyone either headed for home or safely back at OMH, it remains only to thank team sweeps, Phil, John T and David S.
Thanks to everyone for turning out.
Distance:
51.00 km (31.69 mi)
 
Comment on this ride

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Written by : Karl Blake

Posted on : February 27, 2016 at 9:48 PM

Great first 2* ride ( difficulty on the hills for me ! )
Big thanks to John Tranter for slip streaming me all the way back :)
Many thanks to all riders today for their support :)

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Written by : John Tranter

Posted on : February 28, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Thanks, Ursula. Really good ride. Rosehip and rhubarb sponge cake was a first for me as well!

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Wantage Market Place
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Old Mill Hall, Grove
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