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3WednesdayMAY

Wednesday Evening Ride

42 km  x4
Ride Category
Adrian West
Chris Walters
John Groves
Mike Holmes
Only 4 of us tonight. To be expected by the look of the grey skies and hint of drizzle and rain.

As we set off from Wantage we immediately encountered a fairly strong headwind which tried it's best to sap our strength. It stayed with us all the way to Abingdon.

We finally got the wind on our backs and drizzle when we left Abingdon and made a swift return as the drizzle turned to light rain. Easing in places, but staying with us most of the way.

Putting the wind and rain aside, we had an enjoyable ride and the small group coped well with the pace.
3WednesdayMAY

Hills West of Shefford

52 km  x4  x3  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Louis Hall
Phil Stubbings
Terry Penn
A rather nippy morning for 4 riders - it looked like it should be raining for most of the way around, and the sun only shone briefly just after Terry suggested it might.

Plenty of hills and a nagging northerly wind, but we made good time and had a coffee and cake at the cafe in Aldbourne - a hidden treasure. A quick diversion to see the Dalek, and before long we were slugging it out up Marridge Hill, only to find our way impeded by most of a blackthorn tree across the road. A good morning out!

30SundayAPRIL

Dibley Dawdle

109 km  x5  x5  x2
Ride Category
Nick Dunton
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Louis Hall
Nick Stokell
The only dawdler on this ride was the leader, who thought it started at 9.30. Sorry for the late start guys! Good weather throughout. A stiff south-easterly made progress tough when it was head-on, particularly climbing to Ipsden and the final stretches back to Benson. We made it back before the promised rain.

A well-balanced peloton: everyone had a go on the front at some stage and minimal separation on the climbs, although the Turville Tunnel exerted its usual selection process - thanks for waiting for me. Bluebells were much in evidence, particularly in the woods after Turville.

We have coffee at Velolife which was rammed with cyclist and lots of carbon bling parked outside. Lunch at Jenner's kept us fuelled for the return leg. Louis and I took tea by the river before he set-off to cycle back to Wantage.

A really enjoyable ride - no mechanicals or nasty drivers - and excellent company!
26WednesdayAPRIL

Wednesday Evening Ride

41 km  x5  x2
Ride Category
John Talbot
Adrian West
Barry Gills
Louis Hall
Mike Holmes
I thought we'd finished with the winter rides!

As five brave souls gathered in Wantage it started to hail and then snow. Let's get going I said, then all hell broke loose. Apocalyptic hail, rain, snow, kitchen sinks afflicted us through Challow, our faces hurt as we descended.

It didn't last all that long, by Denchworth it had stopped. But now we are wet and cold. The only way to solve that is to ride hard and fast to try and warm up again. Adrian had had enough though so did a circuit round Denchworth and headed for the pub. It was a close call if Barry would continue as we went past his house with snow visible in the verges and fields!

However, the four remaining riders had a spirited and thankfully dry ride and completed the full distance. Some welcome warmth and food at the quiet Fox where Chris joined us for a natter was just what we needed.

Well done for coming out tonight, tough conditions!

26WednesdayAPRIL

Aldbourne

62 km  x2  x4
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Nick Dunton
Just a couple of riders today - maybe the overnight frost was a deterrent?

Anyhow, off we went and nearly had a club collision before we'd got 100m! An early diversion because the planned route was rather less of a road than had been hoped for, a sneaky route through Shrivenham brought us back on track, sneaking into Bishopstone by a new route. Up to the Ridgeway via White Hill, rather than the more common Hatchet Hill, and the descent into Aldbourne was splendid.

Marridge Hill was as tough as ever, and on the top we got exposed to the headwind, which really did sap the energy, and made the decent into Lambourn rather sluggish.

Over coffee, the discussion was around what makes some days seem "slow" - today is one such day. Climbing back out via Sheepdrove was a novelty and became rather tough into the headwind, and the decent down towards Childrey was similarly retarded.

A quick stop under a tree at the top of Pulpit Hill kept the hail off us, until it made a reappearance just after we finished. A tough morning's ride!

23SundayAPRIL

Welcome Ride

65 km  x8  x6
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
Jenny Gower
John Groves
Phil Stubbings
Terry Penn
It was a nippy start to the ride as Phil and I headed out to see if anyone would be joining us at Southmoor... enter stage right Mark - welcome!

A good but sociable pace kept going right across the ride. Highlights for me were the yellow fields that we rode between on Barcote Lane, near Carswell golf course.

The cafe at Bampton garden centre was rather sleep-inducing, sitting in teh greenhouse with the sun beating down on the panes of glass and creating a rather pleasant warmth.

A sprightly ascent of Buckland Hill followed, dropping off Mark and Barry at strategic points. Nice ride!

19WednesdayAPRIL

Wednesday Evening Ride

41 km  x6  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
John Groves
Jon Blamey
Mike Holmes
Phil Stubbings
Nice compact group tonight, we deviated up to Childrey cricket club to avoid the roadworks, and got rewarded with a very quiet A417.

Good pace throughout, but still plenty of banter. Jon left us at Fernham to get back in time for his curfew, as we ploughed on through the familiar roads of the Vale, all working hard and nobody struggling. This has been the fastest Corallian ride to date!

Back just before sunset, as the gathering clouds were enhancing the gloom. Nice ride folks!

19WednesdayAPRIL

Blowingstone-White Horse Audax pre-ride

108 km  x6  x2  x1
Ride Category
Nick Dunton
Barry Gills
Chris Walters
Louis Hall
Lyn Taylor
Terry Penn
The BWH audax route gave a great day out, as ever, helped especially by sunshine all day. Challenging hills, safe descents and enough flat sections to keep the rouleurs happy. We lunched in the sunshine in Marlborough. We took an afternoon break in the sunshine at Shrivenham. A good job we checked the route too, as two of the info controls need to be changed! Thanks all for an excellent outing.