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23WednesdayMAY

Wednesday Evening Ride

52 km  x8
Ride Category
An excellent group and an excellent ride in pretty decent conditions. Not cold but a few drops of summer rain which released the lovely petrichor aroma.

Adrian got a pinch flat off of a pothole near Hinton Waldrist and another near Charney Bassett but these were dealt with in quick order whilst the group chilled and chatted.

We got back to Wantage before sunset and it was just about warm enough to sit outside the King Alfred's Head for a post ride pint (beer)

Pretty much a perfect evening club ride :)

20SundayMAY

Isle of Wight

108 km  x10  x7  x1
Ride Category
Another fantastic day on the smooth tarmac of the Isle of Wight. Ten club riders plus two guests from Somer Valley Cycling Club, welcome to Lee and Tony.

We arrived, having driven from the sunshine in Oxfordshire, to cool misty conditions, But with the promise of brighter skies later.

The ferry was delayed on the way out so we started a bit later than usual and heading to the Needles which were visible and atmospheric in the mist.

Chris picked up a puncture at Compton Bay so we had a little extra time than normal admiring the view. After Chris was sorted we made good progress to Godshill despite a niggly headwind as the Sun made occasional visits from behind the clouds.

After a short break to refresh and refuel we headed off to Bembridge where the Sun came out properly as we ate lunch by the beach.

The usual busier roads to and through Wootton Bridge are less attractive and it's a joy to get off them and back on quieter roads to Cowes where we only had a short wait for the floating bridge.

As we had no hope of getting to the 17:20 ferry we had our usual ice cream stop at the cabin at Cowes just before they shut (why they close so early on a sunny Sunday I don't know, seems bizarre as they could get loads more custom).

As is common with the IoW ride with a bigger group tiredness began to creep in after the Gurnard climb and the lumpy roads split the group somewhat. The beautiful new tarmac for the last few flat km is an absolute joy and the front group pushed on whilst the rear group enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine at a more leisurely pace.

We all arrived in plenty of time for the 18:20 ferry and had a short wait before we could board and head home.

Thanks for coming and supporting the ride. I really enjoyed my day on the beautiful Isle :)

16WednesdayMAY

Wednesday Evening Ride

53 km  x7  x1
Ride Category
Much cooler evening than of late, with a fresh Northerly breeze. The peleton pushed the blue rating hard, but it was an evening for keeping warm rather than lingering. No drama - thanks for the company!
13SundayMAY

Blowingstone-Boomerang Audax

53 km  x2  x3
Ride Category
Good to see Hugo back after his nasty fall on an audax recently. He accompanied Olivia around the shorter of the two Blowingstone audax events today. An eclectic mix of bicycles on this ride including a sit up and beg and a Brompton.

On the longer ride six Corallians rode (Jordan, Barry, Richard S, Louis, Nick S, Mike F).

Thanks to Chris and Des for manning the Marlborough control and taking photos. Nick, John, June, Tracey and Jasmine for controlling the HQ.
12SaturdayMAY

Blowingstone-White Horse Audax

104 km  x6
Ride Category
Eighty four riders completed the event this year and over ££450 was raised for local charities. Perfect conditions, not too hot and barely any wind. The sting in the tail up the White Horse at the end of the ride got a few mentions :)

Thanks to Chris and Des for photos and manning the Marlborough control, Tracey and June for keeping the kitchen going, Jasmine for photos and all-round help at the HQ.
9WednesdayMAY

Wednesday Evening Ride

40 km  x8
Ride Category
A nice flat route with no incidents. It was nice to see John and Olivia and all the other riders in the group. It was a quick ride with everyone consenting to the pace and the group stayed together well.We finished off with a visit to the King Alfred's Head. A great ride and well done to all!
7MondayMAY

Under Andover

107 km  x5
Ride Category
Stinking hot, right from the start! At least it was early enough to get the Walbury Hill climb under our belts while the air was still fresh.

Once you hit Hampshire, the downland lanscape changes for the flat roads, crystal-clear chalk streams and the watercress beds. Mercury still rising.

Lunch was a down-market al-fresco affair courtesy of the petrol station at Weyhill - the third choice after earlier options had fallen foul of bank holiday closures, pretty much as expected.

The afternoon was a long sunny climb back into Berkshire, enjoying the windmill perched atop the hill at Wilton, with gleaming new white sails.
6SundayMAY

Old Shed Red All-day Ride

103 km  x9  x2  x1
Ride Category
So wonderful to be riding in warmth, sunshine and minimal wind: it really felt like summer today. Richard Kidd was welcomed on his first ride with Corallian.

We made excellent progress throughout, arriving at lunch by midday despite a leisurely coffee stop in Chadlington. The Old Shed was a new venue to several Corallians and was universally praised, despite a slight mix-up with the orders.

Richard K left us after lunch to make his own way home. Fully fed and hydrated, the remainder of the group again made good time on the return leg. The leader had to administer admonishment after some spirited off-the-front riding down the lane from Cogges to Stanton Harcourt. Luckily there was a brief stop while Richard H's gear lever was adjusted, which allowed the rest of us to get our breath back.

We made an abortive ice-cream stop at the Maybush - too busy - so opted for the supermarket in Southmoor, where the freezer had just broken and we cleared them out of the remaining goodies before they melted.

By the time we reached Grove the air was alive with the smell of barbeques and lighter fluid! We were back in Wantage just after 3 p.m.

Thanks to Andy and Nick for sweeping duties.
2WednesdayMAY

Wednesday Evening Ride

42 km  x4  x2
Ride Category
Super evening taking in a few (quite a few!) of the Berkshire Downs hills south of Wantage. Cool, dry and sunny we dropped back into Wantage via Chain Hill just before sunset.

29SundayAPRIL

Blowingstone-Boomerang route-recce

53 km  x3
Ride Category
Another cold and windy ride with black clouds and intermittent drizzle. Roll on Summer. Route-checking all went smoothly. Hills dispatched. One minor mechanical as Chris fiddled with his gears at the top of Blowingstone, having slipped his chain immediately before the climb. I may apply to the Guinness Book of Records for the most horses encountered on a 50km cycle ride. Consternation in the peloton as the cafe in Shrivenham was closed - sorry guys. Do three cyclists constitute a peloton?
29SundayAPRIL

Fifth Sunday Ride - Cheddar

91 km  x6  x4
Ride Category
A good turnout on what was a rather nippy morning - with 2/3 of the bikes being shiny titanium (welcome to the club, Dave!).

We got to Sweets cafe in good time (hardly any queue) but food took an age to arrive, with a few no-shows too... and a door that no cyclists could manage to close, so John got the draught perpetually. When we left, the place was heaving with riders and bikes.

Some rain briefly drizzled on us as we started the Cheddar ascent, but it came as quickly as it went, and we cracked on upwards. Fortunately, the weather kept the crowds at bay too, and it was quite a serene climb.

Tea and cake was taken at Chew Lake before we tackled the last few short, sharp climbs. The predicted puncture of Dave's new tyres didn't happen, but John managed to get one instead. The last few km into Shepton Mallet are all delightfully downhill - a fitting end to a ride that had rather a lot of uphill!