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Tue Apr 23rd 2019
Tuesday Evening 1* Rides restart 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Our leisurely and sociable 10-mile club rides are designed specifically with adult newcomers to cycling and youngsters in mind, or those who just want some relaxed and sociable exercise. We cover a distance of about 10 miles at a gentle pace of 8-10 mph, following quiet country lanes and the occasional easy off-road track. We stop regularly to catch our breath, to take in the views and anything that takes our interest along the way.

For our first outing of the season, a gentle ride to the large village green at Goosey and back via Denchworth a round trip of about 9 miles. We'll stop to admire the green and the views from Goosey. It can be cold in the lanes at this time of year so please bring an extra layer. Gloves recommended.
Report:
A gentle start to our season of easy evening rides saw 5 of us head out to Goosey via Denchworth. It was nice to see Sheena out again and Susan on her first ride of the year.
Birds soon became a theme of the evening. We heard and saw peacocks in Denchworth, song birds were in good voice in the hedges along the lanes, we disturbed lapwings in passing near Asti stud and saw swallows and numerous jackdaws on the green at Goosey.
We stopped for a rest outside the little church at the far corner of the green and made a brief exploration of the churchyard, the church itself no longer being open. We noted a very large bird box on an overlooking oak - presumably for an owl. A surprisingly large pile of debris beneath an old nest under the eaves of the church, suggested an extremely inefficient nest builder!
As it was a pleasantly mild evening and everyone was feeling fit, we took an extended loop back via North Denchworth. Along the Charney Bassett road we were passed by three time-triallists in quick succession wearing numbers 1, 2 and 4; so what had happened to no. 3?
We arrived back in Grove in good time before sunset after a mellow ride. Thanks everyone for your company .
Distance:
15.61 km (9.70 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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