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Sun Dec 11th 2016
Mince Pie Ride - 2* 2*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Todays 2* ride follows through the Letcombes, Childrey, weskit and Kingston Lisle before heading through Huffington and The White Horse Hill. We'll return to Wantage via Goosey and Denchworth.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage Market Place from 9:45 onwards or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz-Kidz.

We shall have on-road rides at 1*, 2* and 3* grades and off-road rides to choose from - ride entries with details will appear closer to the date. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration.

Afterwards the rides will continue for an optional pub lunch. There will also be a ride directly back to Wantage.

Car parking: If driving in to join rides from Wantage, there is free car parking in the Portway car park (by the Beacon, the former Civic hall) on Sundays, OX12 9BU. See http://beaconwantage.co.uk/contact and scroll to bottom of page for map.
Riders:
Amanda Seddon
Andrew Cannell
Barry Stanton
Brian Hipwell
Danny Lake
David Jackson
Jay Read
Jo Little
John Groves
John Rowland
Jon Townsin
Karen Townsin
Karl Blake
Keith Dixon
Richard Ashford
Roger Postbeschild
Stephanie Mason
Stuart Webb
Riders = 18

Weather:
sunny
Report:
A bumper crop of riders joined us for the 2* ride, swelled by a healthy group of 20 from Abingdon Freewheelers. We welcomed a number of new riders: Keith; David; Andrew; John; Jay; Danny; and Stuart - we look forward to seeing more of you in 2017 :).

This meant having two separate groups so thanks to Karen and Amanda for volunteering to help lead.

The weather was beautiful if a little chilly and the previous night's rain didn't make the conditions too wet (although the noise from my hastily fixed rear mudguard attracted a deal of quizzical interest!).

A welcome treat of Mulled Wine and Mince Pies was more than ample reward for the climb up Dragon Hill - thanks to Carin, John, Steve, Mandy, Bryony and Bethany for making it all possible.

As is often the case on Mince pie rides, the return trip was a little faster and the number of riders fell away until there were just two of us left at the finish !
Distance:
40.00 km (24.85 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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