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20SundayAUGUST

Purbeck

93 km  x2  x5
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Lyn Taylor
It's a shame that so many Corallians are on holiday - this was a gem of a ride!

Today's guest rider was Dave Jones, normally hanging out with Newbury Road Club, and of the ripe old age of 87, taking the average age on the ride to a pensionable 71.

I rode over from Sandbanks, meeting Lyn and Dave at Swanage, we we coffeed and then climbed. Quite a rude awakening, but the sun was out, so it all was good. Past the Matravers and then the winding steep descent from Kingston took us to Corfe Castle.

The climb from Steeple was, well, steep. Incidentally, there's an entertaining signpost to "Steeple Church" - most times those nouns are seen the other way around. From the top, the military firing range road was very pleasant and the 360-degree views from the summit were just breathtaking, basically showcasing all of Dorset, the New Forest, Poole Harbour, Tyneham village, the Isle of Wight, and Portland. The descent down to Lulworth Castle was rather good (swift) too...

We took lunch at Lulworth Cove, which was heaving with beachgoers, and then climbed straight up to Durdle Door, hoping lunch had settled sufficiently. The flatlands followed, and my natural inclination to move the wind out of the way was put to good use. By Wool, the drizzle had become more insistent, so rainjackets came out, only to be put away for the Creech climbs, and punctuated by a lovely pause for ice-cream at East Creech, prior to the delightful climb with hairpin.

Plain sailing now back to Corfe Castle, where we caught a steam train crossing the viaduct, and the back road overlooking Poole Harbour and Studland Heath was negotiated safely, with quite a bit of traffic vying for position on the narrow but scenic lane. Goodbyes were said at the golf course as we headed back to our respective cars - a delightful day out on the bikes!

16WednesdayAUGUST

Wednesday Evening Ride

42 km  x8
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Barry Gills
Chris Allen
John Groves
John Talbot
Louis Hall
Phil Stubbings
Eight riders tonight - a cool evening, and just right for a decently paced ride around the Vale, without ever getting the wrong side of sociable. Many thanks to Louis for local intelligence on closed roads, so we sightly amended the route to avoid Garford. Good to see John out again after his LEL epic - two weeks on and he's still broken!

Most pleasing was to note how tight the group was, in a perfect 4*2 formation, and just close enough to benefit from the draft without being too close - well done everyone. It was also pleasing to note the response from other road users, all giving plenty of space to us, and most overtaking very sensibly - this is how it should be!

We had enough time for a swift one at the King Alfred's Head - bonus.

13SundayAUGUST

Morning Ride

75 km  x5
Ride Category
Barry Gills
Chris Walters
Lyn Taylor
Mike Holmes
Phil Stubbings
ONCE UPON A TIME. On a fine sunny Sunday morning the famous five set out for a intrepid adventure.

Things were going to plan until Barry had a mysterious malfunction with his steed, luckily Birthday boy Chris (happy birthday mate), with tool in hand had us all on the move in a blink of an eye, or the time it took Mike to have a comfort break. Barry had failed to tell the others that he had drank 3 coffees earlier and was off like grease lightening, sorry. Then the Col de Streatley loomed which was car free due to the road being closed to vehicles. Mike left us after the hill so the renamed Fantastic Four carried onto the coffee stop at Vicars game. Nice coffee, no cake!!!. A rolling ride home via Compton saw the Birthday boy head home, hopefully not to tired to blow out all those candles.. The Three Musketeers then headed for Chain Hill and home. Thanks to all. THE END.
10ThursdayAUGUST

Tour de Lechlade

94 km  x2  x1  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Chris Allen
An excellent day out on the bike for two gentlemen called Chris. Remarkably, this was the longest ride for 40 years for one of them - well done! Lunch at the Plough was unhurried and very pleasant, and it was interesting to note the three variants of RAF heavy transporters doing circuits at Brize Norton.

Lovely to see the sun back out with us again!

9WednesdayAUGUST

Wednesday Evening Ride

49 km  x4
Ride Category
Nick Dunton
Barry Gills
Chris Walters
Phil Stubbings
It's Wednesday, I'm leading, therefore it must be raining. To be fair, the sun did make a brief appearance just as we arrived back in Wantage. A well-matched group meant we made good progress throughout, with a particularly spirited crossing from Steventon to Hanney. As the gloom was gathering, we cut-off one corner of the route, going through Bessels Leigh to Wotton rather than Cumnor. No incidents apart from an inpatient driver at the lights leaving Abingdon. Good banter throughout the ride. Thanks for sharing the front, guys.