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5SundayFEBRUARY

Lechlade

107 km  x7  x1  x1
Ride Category
Great to see Louis out on a ride with Corallian - welcome! Des joined the ride as far as Longcot and then diverted home, dreaming of warmer climes, and the rest of the group carried on, leaving the mist of the Vale behind.

The Coln Valley provided some gorgeous views as we skirted the Cotswolds in a somewhat bumpier phase of the ride.

Barry is the new "King of the tyres made from soft cheese" and suffered two blow-outs before we arrived for Sunday lunch, at the delightful Lechlade Garden Centre.

After lunch we had a spirited ride along that very straight road to Kelmscott, and back into more familiar territory up the Corallian and home via Pusey.

1WednesdayFEBRUARY

Winter Evening Ride

49 km  x2  x1
Ride Category
Two riders braved the iffy conditions (raining at the start). Just beyond Challow John suffered a pothole induced blowout, fortunately within limping distance of the garage forecourt for a dry and well lit repair.

After that the rain stopped, the Moon came out and we had a chilled ride around the Vale. A couple of light rain showers near the end tried to dampen our spirits but failed miserably.

30MondayJANUARY

Curryallian Evening

 x4
Trump. Brexit. Dancing. Speleology. An evening of diverse conversation was in direct contrast to the gang of four, 75% of whom drove silver Volvo estates of varying ages to get to the Elaichi. Most enjoyable.
29SundayJANUARY

Rollright Stones

78 km  x4  x5
Ride Category
A fair but chilly start at Woodstock for the four riders. With the forecast for rain later decisions about jackets and gloves were required!

We had a very pleasant ride north via lots of Cotswold villages in the dry with actually some blue sky in the distance. The toughest lumpy section was just before the planned stop and it just started to drizzle as we arrived at Wyatts Farm Shop bang on 11am as planned.

Very quiet in the café today so a quick service of bacon baps and as we heard the rain on the roof most had seconds of cake!

Starting off was quite chilly and the rain, although not heavy, was steady so we glimpsed the Rollright Stones through the hedge but decided to stop another time.

The ride back through Chipping Norton and Charlbury was steady and so was the rain by now. So we got a bit of a move on and was back in Woodstock in plenty of time and just before the worst of the rain started.

A very pleasant route, lots of views and quiet lanes. Will definitely repeat a version of this ride in the summer.

25WednesdayJANUARY

Winter Evening Ride

35 km  x2  x1
Ride Category
As expected with the cold icy weather forecast and people otherwise engaged there were only two of us tonight.

The ride was brisk with no issues and even the gritter lorries were considerate.

We arrived at a very busy Chequers pub in Charney for a well-earned drink and chat in the warmth of the bar.
22SundayJANUARY

Welcome Ride

49 km  x7  x3
Ride Category
Seven riders braved the sub-zero temperatures, welcome to John and Claire on their first Corallian rides :)

A beautiful crisp morning with fantastic sunshine if a bit chilly. The roads were good though, a little bit crispy through Westcot but Fawler Hill was fine (the bit I was most concerned about).

We made good progress to Faringdon, at some point I may have cut off a short section as I had put the wrong route on my Garmin so was navigating by memory!

The Rookery is an excellent warm stop with superb coffee and we lingered and chatted for a while.

We headed back to Wantage via the newly surfaced lanes to West Hanney before we encountered the worst ice on the ride on the road to Denchworth which had large drifts of ice almost across the whole road. We safely negotiated the hazard and arrived back in Wantage bang on midday.

Thanks for the excellent company and apologies for ruining the peace with my wheel bearing which was slowly destroying itself :$

18WednesdayJANUARY

Winter Evening Ride

30 km  x4
Ride Category
Another great winter night ride for Corallian CC and very warm Welcome to Kev Woodley who road for the first time tonight with us.

The route was short and flat with icy conditions in mind, but it wasn't too bad so we made a good average pace. No issues, no problems, just good cycling with a great group. See you next time :)
15SundayJANUARY

Hungerford and Pewsey

102 km  x5  x1  x1
Ride Category
It started off drizzly in Hungerford, and by the time we'd got as far as Marlborough, it felt like a coffee stop was the right thing to do. The excellent Food Gallery did us proud again, and before long we were off, with the rain getting less persistent. The long drag and then drop own to Alton Barnes afforded us a decent white horse view, and by Devizes there was another one.

Just a quick stop to marvel at the feat of engineering at Caen Hill locks, and we were at the Raven in Poulshot, complete with woodburning stove. After very nice Sunday lunches, departure with sunshine was appreciated, and the excellent rolling road from Urchfont to Pewsey allowed us to make good progress into the mizzle.

Adrian needed a replenishment stop in Pewsey, but everywhere closed due to a power cut. Hey ho.

From Burbage onwards, the weather got worse and worse, and it was with relief we finally ploughed along the A4 back into Hungerford, rather wetter than when we had started out!

11WednesdayJANUARY

Winter Evening Ride

36 km  x4
Ride Category
The forecast of wind may have put off some people from attending, but the group of four riders that left Wantage were pleasantly surprised. There was a lot less wind than expected.

Into the not so bad wind on the way out and nice push back with the wind behind us. A very pleasant ride deviating slightly from the planned route to avoid mucky roads.
8SundayJANUARY

Abingdon and Bampton

70 km  x5  x3
Ride Category
A rather dank and drizzly morning, and a Corallian welcome to Lyn and Sorrel. We picked up John at Drayton and cracked on at a decent pace, through Cumnor and skirting Eynsham.

Coffee at Bampton was as perfect as ever, and the dash up Buckland Hill seems to get shorter each time. Riders left in dribs and drabs to get back to Sunday lunches - well earned!