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Tue Aug 15th 2017
Tuesday 3* Evening Ride 3*
Phil Ward
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly - this one is not!


In anticipation of onrushing evenings and a chill in the dusk air we take inspiration from the Sisters of Mercy and head North to the "Floodland". A predominantly flat and lanes based ride will take an easy anticlockwise route across the Thames flood plain between Northmoor and Buckland Marsh. Calm conditions might permit a glimpse of "Lucretia, My Reflection" in the still depths, with the only climb of note the familiar rise away from "Never Land" up to Buckland. A brisk and business-like 3* rate of progress (it really is flat) should see us back at OMH for sunset a smidge before 20:30 - hence the absolute requirement for LIGHTS :-)

Forecast: a warm, sunny evening, light Westerlies - could even be called Summer !
A mild and sunny evening greeted us at sign-on, with 14 keen to experience the nearest we can get to flatlander poldering in the locality. To augment the Dutch ambience, a keen Westerly wind nagged at us each time we turned toward the sun, but no matter, no doubt it helped on the downwind legs. Fortune favoured us at the head of the Charney Road as we crossed the A420 without drama or delay. A tactical split into two groups down the commuter run to Newbridge (thanks Roger for the impromptu 2nd lead) got us into the meat of the ride as we entered the delightful narrow lanes around Standlake. Evidently, it was a great night for riding as we committed to a steady stream of acknowledgements from oncoming cyclists and a particularly cheery group of pink-clad Condors. Turning for home near Bampton, Des and Adrian couldn’t resist the call of The Trout – cheers lads (beer). As lights were deployed a dewy chill was noticeable, so working a little to gain the height up to Buckland proved doubly useful. The ensuing downhill run in the glow of a harvest sun was rattled off in good style and we finished a smidge after 8:30. Many thanks to you all for such a mellow evening, an accomplished large group negotiated the vehicular challenges with aplomb. Particular thanks from me to David Smith for sweeping so effectively with great signalling :D.
46.80 km (29.08 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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