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19WednesdayJULY

Wednesday Evening Ride

49 km  x2
Ride Category
Louis Hall
Andy Newell
I thought that there would be three of us - me, myself and I - then Andy arrived for a great summer evening ride.

Nuff said!
16SundayJULY

Isle of Wight

108 km  x7  x7
Ride Category
John Talbot
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
Chris Walters
Claire Newell
Kirsten Smith
Lyn Taylor
A fabulous day on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Cloudy to start but brightened up nicely and rather warm at times.

We made the obligatory climb up to see the Needles from the old Battery and mostly followed the Round the Isle route on nearly all newly surfaced roads which were a joy to ride on. I added in some variations to the route to avoid busier sections of road (although some are still unavoidable).

Service at all of the stops was very quick and we made it back to Yarmouth just as the 18:20 ferry was docking.

A great group of riders made it a very easy ride to lead with no dramas or traumas. Thank you for your company and coming along :)

15SaturdayJULY

Fairford picnic ride

51 km  x5
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Andy Newell
Des Higgs
Jon Blamey
Great to see Des joining us again, and also to welcome Jake, out with dad Jon on the tandem.

Theme of the day was low cloud, mizzling in the morning to dampen the ride and then providing excuses for the star aircraft to cry off because they can't display when it's cloudy.

We did get to enjoy the Red Arrows, the Chinook, MV22 Osprey, and an American extravaganza which included Mustang, B-17, F-16, F-15, KC-135 and Hercules. Star of the show was the Lancaster / Spitfire / Hurricane ensemble, and the grump of the show was a jobsworth who didn't want us picnicking in the car car, so we moved on.

A well-earned McFlurry at Macdonalds in Watchfield rounded the day off nicely!
12WednesdayJULY

Wednesday Evening Ride

56 km  x10  x2
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Barry Gills
John Groves
John Talbot
Jon Blamey
Kirsten Smith
Mike Holmes
Phil Stubbings
Tom Clayton
Fantastic ride this evening, and we welcomed guest rider Paul Jarvis to the throng.

Conditions were good - cool compared to recently, and no wind to speak of, so we kept a lovely tight formation for pretty much the whole ride. Obviously, Boars Hill split the group somewhat between the whippets and the clydesdales, but we all stopped for the obligatory group photo overlooking the "dreaming spires".

More tight and very sociable riding followed right the way to the King Alfred's Head (with a little "dash" thrown in for good measure) for a cool-down drink.

Superb riding, everyone!

9SundayJULY

Morning Ride

52 km  x6  x2
Ride Category
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Claire Newell
John Talbot
Lyn Taylor
Nick Dunton
After a busy week on the roads, with John Talbot having cycled over 350 km in the previous 24 hours, this was a relaxed Sunday morning ride on the familiar flatlands to the north of Wantage. A clockwise circuit through Buckland and Brighthampton brought us to the Maybush at Newbridge. Great coffee on the Thames-side deck while watching spiralling Red Kites was let down by a very poor cake selection. However, from here it was a short trip on mostly quiet, smooth roads back to Wantage in plenty of time to take in an afternoon of Tour de France.