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19SaturdayNOVEMBER

Autumnal Cotswolds

86 km  x4  x6
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Andy Newell
Jez Kent
John Talbot
The rearranged Sunday ride started off in the cold on Saturday (better than cold, wet and windy, we'd decided) morning, welcoming Jez Kent for his first Corallian ride. Some of the lanes were still frosty and in a few cases, icy, as we wended our way over towards Tetbury. The colours of the trees and especially the hedgerows made for a very Autumnal experience.

For 30 minutes before our stop in Malmesbury, we had a lovely drizzle to contend with, easily fixed by a lovely breakfast by the lovely ladies at the garden centre.

After the stop, we had a mix of quiet roads and lanes, and some rather splendid road surfaces that aided progress back to the start point. Quite a delightful morning.

16WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

43 km  x3
Ride Category
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Mike Holmes
It was dry in the Vale (unlike the other side of the Ridgeway, where the monsoon visited during the afternoon), and not particularly chilly, so we had rather a pleasant bimble around the Vale.

13SundayNOVEMBER

Bradfield

75 km  x5  x4
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Andy Newell
Dave Talboys
John Groves
John Talbot
A nippy start, but Chain Hill soon saw the Corallians stripping off. A big bang (Dave Talboys' "tyres made from cheese" made an unwelcome return) just before West Illsley gave us an excuse to faff for a bit, followed by a second bang as the replaced tube herniated at the same hidden spot on the sidewall.

Apple Pie Hill was "enjoyed" by all, and the road down through Ashampstead to Bradfield was all but deserted, treating us to further Autumnal colour displays. A cheeky little stop at Bucklebury Farm Park wasn't as advertised, but coffee and cake hit the spot nicely, and the llamas looked on, bemused.

With only a brief stop to call 999 in Hermitage to report a potential M4 overbridge jumper, we made it back up to the top of Court Hill and into Wantage with the minimum of fuss, albeit with the northerly wind returning to give us something to struggle against. Good company and some solid riding, on what we agreed was rather a hilly ride - well done everyone.

9WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

43 km  x3
Ride Category
Adrian West
Dave Talboys
Mike Holmes
I didn't think many would turn up to this ride after all the wet weather we had the previous 24 hours so I was glad to see Mike and Dave waiting patiently at the Alfred statue.

Due to wet roads and abundance of leaves I decided to cut the ride short by a bit at the start losing Denchworth and the Hanneys.

Dave had some battery issues with his headlight which we eventually got sorted and there were a few desperate stops for the call of nature which slowed us down a bit and lowered our average speed around the route. Apart from that the ride was pleasant and taken at a fair blue pace being cautious with the conditions on the roads.

7MondayNOVEMBER

Curry-allian Evening

 x7
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Alan Gale
Dave Talboys
John Talbot
Nick Dunton
Richard Preece
The world has been put to rights... oh, and the food was rather excellent!