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26WednesdayOCTOBER

Shakedown Night Ride

42 km  x3
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Richard Preece
Great to see Rich out on his first Corallian ride and also riding out from and back to Wantage!

It worked out quite well starting from Uffington, especially when there's a pub very close for afterwards... anyhow, it was a lovely evening to ride in the dark - very little traffic, not too cold, and not much wind either. Looking forward to starting the winter night season next week.

23SundayOCTOBER

Welcome Ride

52 km  x13  x4  x1
Ride Category
Adrian West
Alan Gale
Barry Gills
Barry Stanton
Chris Walters
Dave Talboys
Hugo Pile
John Groves
Matt Bray
Mike Holmes
Nick Dunton
Olivia Pile
Phil Stubbings
A fantastic turnout to the first Corallian CC Welcome Ride.

A very warm welcome to all who braved this chilly autumn morning especially new riders Barry Gills, Hugo Pile, Olivia Pile, Mike Holmes and Barry Stanton.

13 of us left Wantage Market place and kept a good "Blue" pace and a nice tight group as we made our way north to Aston.
The group encountered some comical "You Should be riding single file!" instructions from a passing vehicle at one stage, but we all rode on chuckling to ourselves.

As predicted we arrived early at Aston Pottery and opted to go on to Bampton Garden Centre instead, saving time waiting for Aston Pottery to open.
The tea stop at Bampton Garden Centre was perfect with lots of coffee and large portions of cake for many. A regular stop in the future possibly?

Once refreshed we climbed Buckland Hill without too much effort and made our way back to Wantage via Charney, Denchworth and Grove as the morning turned into quite a pleasantly warm day and a very pleasant ride.

Thanks to all who came and see you all again on a Corallian ride soon
15SaturdayOCTOBER

New Forest Tour

81 km  x3  x4
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Des Higgs
After a last minute flurry of email and phone calls, it was clear that Sunday's weather forecast was putting riders off, so we changed to Saturday, for those who could make it.

The New Forest was nice and quiet, roads rather slippy, but it was a very pleasant ride in the sunshine (again!)

Good coffee stop in Beaulieu, and lunch at the Red Shoot Inn provided sustenance and warmth. Adrian's chain entrapment provided the entertainment.

9SundayOCTOBER

Inkpen

68 km  x5  x3
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Alan Gale
John Groves
Matt Bray
Phil Stubbings
With many members away or ill this weekend, and those confirmed on the ride planning to join en route, it was a delight to see John Groves join us (me) at Wantage, otherwise it might have been a bit of a Billy-no-mates start to the ride. The weather was very pleasant, if a bit nippy - plenty of blue skies and sunshine

Up over Hackpen we stopped to natter with a group from Childrey and then caught Alan and Matt in Lambourn before heading up Eastbury Hill and down through Poughley to meet Phil in Hungerford. The route up Combe Gibbet from Inkpen is the one featured in the 100 Best Climbs book, and it didn't disappoint. A tough ascent, claiming 18% at one point! Before long Phil and I were at the Crown and Garter for coffee, meeting the others who had more sense than to attempt the climb.

On the return, we dropped off Phil near Kintbury and Alan and Matt near to Clapton, before braving the headwind-retarded climb up to the Ridgeway on the A338 - job done!

2SundayOCTOBER

Inaugural Ride

71 km  x10  x3  x1
Ride Category
John Talbot
Adrian West
Alan Gale
Andy Butcher
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Dave Talboys
Des Higgs
Nick Dunton
Phil Stubbings
Brillant, the first ride for Corallian and what a beautiful day to pick. Wall to wall sunshine on a perfect early autumn day.

Ten riders plus Richard as support crew gathered underneath King Arthur for the first ride briefing and after a few photos we were off.

I dubbed this ride the "Corallian Explorer" and we stopped in Shellingford for a brief introduction to the geology of the Corallian and the features we would be able to see on the ride.

It was a very chilled and relaxed ride with lots of chatter. Quiet lanes, great views and a fabulous pub lunch at The Chequers in Charney Bassett.

Thanks to everyone for supporting this new venture and here's to many many more excellent rides like this in the future!!