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8WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

38 km  x3
Ride Category
Adrian West
Jon Page
Mike Holmes
A good weather forecast brought three riders together for the ride tonight and a very warm welcome to Jon Page on his first ride with Corallian CC.

We set off from Wantage along the very busy A417 and headed toward Harwell. As soon as we set off weather conditions encouraged a brisk pace and we made it to Didcot in very good time. Once out of the town, Jon took the helm and we increased the pace some more and maintained a solid ride between the three of us along the route, only stopping for a very brief call of nature before pressing briskly back to Wantage.

A faster ride than advertised, but we were all happy to go faster and work harder. Normally Winter Night rides are a relaxed blue pace. Tonight we were OK going into the red :)

Tonight's ride heralded the 10,000th kilometer ridden by the club.

8WednesdayMARCH

Midweek to Alvescot

91 km  x3  x1  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Louis Hall
Nick Dunton
A day out for the midweek skivers... starting with drizzly miserableness. With the headwind too, the Icknield Way road along the Spring Line was particularly hard work, made harder by not turning off as per the plan.... that's what happens when the leader is the only one knowing the route, and has the rest of the ride "off the front"...

Anyhow, second diversion of the day was when we decided not to continue along the planned route at Whelford, because it was too mucky. Good call! A quick stop near Little Faringdon to fix a puncture caused by the biggest flint ever seen in a bike tyre.

Lunch at The Plough in Alvescot was fantastic - well worth another visit as the food was excellent and the welcome was most warm and not just from the wood-burner.

The return journey was totally uneventful and better than anticipated due to the tailwind and the rain not materialising as per the forecast. Hooray!

26SundayFEBRUARY

Welcome Ride

51 km  x7  x1
Ride Category
Nick Dunton
Adrian West
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
John Blake
John Groves
William Luke
A good turn-out given the somewhat inclement weather. Welcome to Ben Cartwright on his first Corallian outing. It was pretty uneventful to the coffee stop at R&R in Abingdon. Ben left us there to get some extra miles in. Return journey was more challenging, with a strong headwind for much of the time that strung-out the group. We decided to miss the Ginge loop to avoid Doris-derived debris. Back in Wantage just before noon.
22WednesdayFEBRUARY

Pub Night

 x6
Adrian West
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
John Talbot
Louis Hall
Mike Holmes
The regular Wednesday evening ride was cancelled due to poor weather but six "riders" gathered in the Greyhound in Letcombe Regis for a pint and a natter.

Good to see Mike recovered from his lengthy lay off due to illness and hopefully back on a bike soon!
19SundayFEBRUARY

Test Valley

90 km  x5  x10  x2
Ride Category
John Talbot
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Phil Stubbings
Richard Saunders
A cool and cloudy day but dry throughout. Five riders set off south from Tadley, welcome to Richard on his first Corallian ride and Phil on his first ride since the autumn.

The toughest hills were early in the ride, a couple of very steep sections soon "warmed" us up! We then joined the River Test from Whitchurch which was then within sight for most of the way to Stockbridge.

A Corallian breakfast at Lillies in Stockbridge was polished off (can highly recommend the Stockbridge Sausage) and then it was a flattish ride back to Tadley. A couple of lumps towards the end.

Nearly the whole ride was accomplished on quiet lanes with no incidents to report other than a bizarre incident with a driver who didn't seem to be sure what country she was driving in and decided to play chicken with us whilst pointing for us to pass both sides of her, Phil unfortunately ending up falling in the verge trying to avoid a collison in the confusion :(

Thanks for coming along, a very chilled and enjoyable ride :)

15WednesdayFEBRUARY

Winter Evening Ride

43 km  x2
Ride Category
Adrian West
Chris Walters
Weather conditions were ideal for a very pleasant bike ride tonight. Just the two of us clocking up the miles and enjoying a good old chat. What cycling is all about :)