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