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25SundayJUNE

Welcome Ride

50 km  x6  x1
Ride Category
John Talbot
Andy Newell
John Groves
Joy Arthur
Kirsten Smith
Nick Dunton
We were greeted by the Armed Forces setting up in the Market Square for their day, as riders gathered we took a look at the military equipment on display.

A ride of 2/3 and 1/3! The first 2/3 into Abingdon was relaxed, leisurely riding. With a favourable wind we made pretty quick progress to the coffee stop where we wondered how Abingdon supports so many coffee shops in such a small area, we reckoned there were 3 independents and 2 Costas.

We took the pleasant riverside lane and slightly off-road Peep O'Day Lane to Sutton Courtenay where Nick headed home having cycled to Wantage.

The punishment for the easy first 2/3 was a stiff headwind across the Steventon/Hanney plains and down the A338 back to Wantage where we also encountered some light showers. The group worked really well together to keep a steady pace without gaps forming in the peloton, it was pretty tough going and it's fair to say there wasn't much talking at this point!!

We were back to Wantage before midday and before the Armed Forces Day had properly kicked off. Well done all and thanks for your company :)

21WednesdayJUNE

Wednesday Evening Ride

44 km  x8  x3
Ride Category
Nick Dunton
Adrian West
Barry Gills
John Groves
John Talbot
Jon Blamey
Kirsten Smith
Louis Hall
A glorious midsummer day evening. And a great group of riders, including Kirsten Smith on her first Corallian ride. Welcome Kirsten. An impatient lorry-driver with a very loud air-horn on the 417 failed to impact the mellow feel. Didcot was like a ghost-town and was traversed without incident. A goodly pace was maintained throughout. We finished off with a rehydrating pint in The King Alfred's Head before heading for home.
18SundayJUNE

Cotswolds Ride to Winchcombe

101 km  x4  x5  x2
Ride Category
Nick Stokell
Barry Gills
Jez Kent
John Talbot
A wonderful hot sunny day (could this be England?), but not overpowering (until you stopped when sweat gushed forth and the flies descended).
Someone remarked that this ride was like a trip back in time. The Cotswold villages seemed from pre-WW2 and we were passed from time to time by old Bentleys on their way to Winchcombe (https://www.bdcl.org/events/concours).

After the customary navigational error (this time in Cirencester, home of the giant hare) we headed up the gentle incline of the White Way, eventually giving way to the Compton Abdale Alps. All were happy to tackle an off-road section of the Winchcombe Way after which a high speed descent of Salters Hill (where the cattle grid at the bottom proved too much for my Garmin mount!) led us on to our lunch stop. Hayles Farm Cafe was quiet and the early lunch at 1130 was particularly appreciated by John (50 km + 56 km self-inflicted punishment!).

Post-lunch, the main climbs, Corndean Lane and the Withington Lung Buster, stung the legs but earned us another refreshment stop. At Denfurlong Farm Cafe we were greeted by a barbecue (fortunately for us, though sadly for the organisers, undersubscribed) and a singer/guitarist couple. Fortified by some excellent farm-made ice cream we headed back at a decent lick.
Good company and glorious views. Highlight perhaps was the sweeping descent down the valley from Hawling towards Guiting Power.
14WednesdayJUNE

Wednesday Evening Ride

42 km  x6  x1
Ride Category
Phil Stubbings
Adrian West
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Mike Holmes
Tom Clayton
Barry organised a wonderful route that although only 42km long had plenty of climbs. We headed out towards the Letcombes and up Court Hill for the first climb of the evening. We then dropped down to Fawley before searching out all the hills between Brightwalton, Leckhamstead, West Ilsley and Farnborough.

Chris and Adrian dropped off at Farnborough to return home as they had already done a pre-ride and the remaining group returned to Wantage via Chain Hill.

Great weather and company .
11SundayJUNE

Morning Ride

68 km  x8  x4
Ride Category
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
Chris Walters
Jez Kent
John Groves
Joy Arthur
Phil Stubbings
Richard Saunders
The usual quiet of Wantage square was disturbed this morning by preparations for the town fair. A slight route change to avoid barriers saw us on the way to Lambourn via Letcombe Bassett into a brisk southerly wind. Skirting around Hungerford we began the build up for classic Combe Gibbet climb, which proved steep but relatively short (and on this route can be conveniently bypassed for anyone not feeling the urge). The coffee and cake break at the Crown & Garter was a little longer than anticipated owing to the speed of the local baristas. With the wind moving onto our backs we maintained a good pace northwards back toward Wantage. With the town fair in full flow we dispersed without the usual finish at King Alfred.