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Thu Feb 28th 2019
Daytime 1* Ride Series 1*
Leader:
Stephanie Haddrell
Start Time:
10:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Social rides up to around 24km (15 miles), usually with a cafe stop, at a riding pace of 13-16km/h (8-10mph). Please check website on the morning of the ride if the weather is poor as it may be cancelled or the start time changed.

I have planned an achievable challenge for the 1* riders who have been out over the winter months. A familiar route in reverse approximately 17 miles with the hard work done before coffee! see details below.

We will head out of Grove along familiar territory passing through Denchworth and Goosey. This ride promises a variety of wildlife if we are lucky- peacocks, hares, lambs, and alpacas to mention just a few! From Goosey we head along the Faringdon road for a short time before turning left towards Baulking. After about a mile we will turn left heading towards Kingston Lisle, which is the challenge of the morning as we climb up to the village. We will take this at a very leisurely pace and have a well deserved rest at the top to appreciate the splendid views of the Vale around. From here we continue to Blowing stone crossroads where we turn left following the sping line to the Westcot turn. A lovely descent into Westcot and through Sparsholt provides us with the opportunity to appreciate the snowdrops at the church. From here we will be able to smell the coffee as we head to Childrey for a well deserved break. After coffee we follow the lane out of the village which leads into East Challow. We will turn left half way along the lane heading down a beautiful descent to West Challow and on to the 417. We will then turn left for a brief period before turning right towards Denchworth for the final leg of our journey!
Report:
After recent glorious sunshine this morning, we saw the return to more normal February weather. It was mild for the time of year and not too windy, although, as the 'slight drizzle' turned to showers, I was impressed that the regular 1 star riders were not deterred, with 12 members turning up for this slightly challenging ride: now somewhat more of a challenge with rain and wind getting up and being head on as we climbed the hill into Kingston Lisle!
All made the climb and after a short breather, as the skies cleared we headed into Westcott where Lizzie had very kindly hosted our coffee break. What a treat! Chocolate muffins, filter coffee, cheese and chive scones and some carrot savouries were enjoyed by all and the timing was perfect as the rain fell! Thanks to Karl and Des for getting our shoes and helmets out of the rain, top job boys!
As we spotted fine weather we headed off through Sparsholt and Childrey, out along the footpath with a lovely descent down the Challow road into West Challow. It was then back on familiar turf briefly tackling the Faringdon road and traffic lights before turning back towards Denchworth and Grove. Well done to all for accepting, and nailing the challenge this morning! Thanks Lizzie for her wonderful hospitality and to Des and Karl for sweeping !
Distance:
27.36 km (17.00 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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