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Sun Nov 18th 2018
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Leader:
Katherine Boyce
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
Wantage Market Place
Description:

All-day touring ride (80-100km / 50-65 miles), lunch and possibly tea stop en route, at a riding pace of 18-22km/h (11-14mph). Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing almost inevitable.

A ride to Burford, hilly in the morning, with a flatish ride home (well it is if you don't count the hills to Minster Lovell and up to Buckland!). There are plenty of places for cut-offs if the weather turns inclement.

We'll just have a stop for lunch - we need the light at this time of year - probably in Lynwoods, Burford, so you'll need to bring snacks along as lunch will be over half way.

Don't forget to bring lights, just in case :)
Report:
There'll be less than half a dozen on a November all day ride I thought - was I wrong :o The sun brought the numbers out!

We had a very slow start, ten to 11 and we still weren't at Faringdon. A couple of mechanicals caused delays, do think we should create a club position of bike mechanic extraordinaire just for Karl ;). Then we had the glorious swoop down the wide road to Lechlade and we started to make up some time. I started to relax too soon - there had been a very bad accident in the lanes west of Lechlade and some cyclists advised us to deviate as nothing could get through ahead. As if by magic, the Royal Navy navigator on the ride (who didn't have the route on his GPS), worked out where we needed to go :). Think if we have a club mechanic, we should also have club navigator role for Richard as well ;).

The hills got shorter and steeper and we knew we were in the Cotswolds, the Windrush Valley didn't fail to delight and then we were in Burford. An extremely busy Burford, Hufkins allowed us to use their courtyard and we sat outside and ate lunch. Would have been slightly better if the sun had reached the courtyard but no one complained and it made for a short lunch.

The penultimate hill coming out of Minster Lovell was quickly summitted and before we knew it, we were back on familiar territory and home before tea. Thank you to everyone that contributed to such a great ride, makes leading a piece of cake with a group like you :)
Distance:
91.16 km (56.64 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/1979304658
Comment on this ride

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Written by : Phil

Posted on : November 18, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Great ride lead and route Kath, much enjoyed & home in time for tea by the fire too - result :-)

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Written by : John Tranter

Posted on : November 22, 2018 at 8:23 PM

A really excellent ride - thanks for great leading!

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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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