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18SundayDECEMBER

Lambourn and Chiseldon

83 km  x4  x4
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Jenny Gower
John Talbot
Terry Penn
Rather a grey day, but we made the most of it. A big Corallian welcome to new riders Jenny and Terry - you were great company!

The morning was quite a lumpy affair with decent hills at Eastbury, Ramsbury and Aldbourne to play with. No dramas though. Lunch was a brief affair at the Three Trees, who were all set out for full Christmas lunches, so we snacked and cracked on.

After lunch it was a different ride into the Vale, checking out railway bridge benchmarks (!) before the surprisingly tough warm-up climbs at Compton Beauchamp and Kingston Lisle, followed by the stinger of Blowingstone, which I swear gets steeper.

Later on the sun was trying to poke its' head out of the clouds, and nearly succeeded once or twice... a very nice ride out, thank you very much!

16FridayDECEMBER

Committee Meeting

 x3
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Richard Preece
14WednesdayDECEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

49 km  x2
Ride Category
Adrian West
Chris Walters
A nice flat ride into the Vale, but the ride leader was flagging due to a chest cold. Nice conditions, good conversation and no issues.

Not as many riders as I would have liked to have seen, but that's the time of year innit :)

11SundayDECEMBER

Mince Pie Ride

47 km  x6  x8
Ride Category
John Talbot
Adrian West
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
Jez Kent
Nick Dunton
A lovely day for a ride up White Horse Hill. Slight confusion at the start as we left John G behind! Oops. Sorry John :$

Six riders made their way to the bottom of the hill without seeing any other cyclists. And we only saw a few climbing the hill. Kind of eerie.

Once we were at the car park though riders from all directions started to arrive and quite a large gathering ensued. All enjoyed the mince pies and mulled wine.

Liz who was late to the start and made her own way up the hill joined us for the return ride to Charney Bassett where some of us stopped for a scrumptious lunch. Afterwards wending our way back to Wantage.

7WednesdayDECEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

44 km  x4  x1
Ride Category
Adrian West
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
John Talbot
A really good ride tonight!

We were pushed out by the wind, but alas we had to ride back through a headwind to get back again, which was a bit tiring toward the end for a couple of us.

No incidents to mention apart from the ride leader getting too close to Chris and almost knocking him off his bike! Nice recovery Chris and apologies again.