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24FridayMARCH

Committee Meeting

 x3
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Richard Preece
It was a quick one tonight - things are all running nicely! Key focus for us is to get some more ride leaders recruited and trained and taking some rides!
22WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

48 km  x5
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Hugo Pile
Jon Blamey
Jon Page
Mike Holmes
A good finish to the Winter Wednesday season with 5 riders setting a good pace on a long-ish route. Plenty of natter and banter too!

20MondayMARCH

Curryallian Evening

 x5
Chris Walters
Barry Gills
John Talbot
Lyn Taylor
Nick Dunton
Lovely evening tonight - thanks gents! Diverse conversation again: dentistry, drugs in sport, the wind, Audaxes, camping (Lyn wins the "Princess and the Pea" award) and other things that "you had to be there" for.
19SundayMARCH

New Forest Tour

82 km  x4  x5  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Andy Newell
Jez Kent
Nick Dunton
Great to see Ruth out on her trial ride - hope Jez drags you out again!

Although it was forecast to be very windy, we hid quite well for the first section, stopping at Beaulieu for coffee. Obviously, we had to go through the whole "cyclists can't use the window seat because they might be dirty" charade, which is mildly amusing if you've been there before.

Straight after coffee, it was up the hill and into the wind, through the almost Autmnal ornamental drives at Rhinefield and Bolderwood and into the heavy and gusting headwinds on the plains, before arriving early at the Red Shoot for lunch. Good job we booked as there was a running race finishing there, and all the tables were reserved.

After lunch was a rather easier affair, with the Roger Penny Way climb being delightfully wind assisted, and with a bit of lead sharing, many Strava PBs were annihilated!

Wildlife count was high - ponies, horses, donkeys, cows cm readily, but the pigs were elusive until almost the end... full house!

A picnic in the sunshine at the end was a fitting end - thanks for the Bakewell, Jez!

15WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

48 km  x4
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Alan Gale
Mike Holmes
Simon Godfrey
Glorious evening for a ride. Although the air was cool, we stayed warm by keeping the pace strong all ride, and managed plenty of socialising as we rode. Well done guys!

15WednesdayMARCH

Andover from Great Shefford

108 km  x4  x2  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Louis Hall
Nick Dunton
Terry Penn
It was quite cool when we set off. Kintbury crossing provided the first break of the day, but soon we were on the interminable climb into the mist and up Walbury Hill - tough climb!

Good descents and further climbs followed, until we made it into the valley of the dry tributaries of the Test, where the pace rose nicely in the flatlands under Andover. For about 30 minutes before lunch, the sun graced us with her presence, and stayed with us for the rest of the ride. Lunch at the craft centre cafe at Weyhill, was a rather splendid affair, although, no all-day breakfasts were on offer.

After lunch we undulated like anything, stopping or the first ice cream of the season at Great Bedwyn, and then further undulated our way back across the ridges at Poughley and the Goodings. Nick commented that the ride "kept giving" - it was remorseless!

Another splendid midweek outing... roll on the next one.