LOG IN

Sociable leisure rides for enthusiastic cyclists

Ride Reports

20MondayMARCH

Curryallian Evening

 x5
Chris Walters
Barry Gills
John Talbot
Lyn Taylor
Nick Dunton
Lovely evening tonight - thanks gents! Diverse conversation again: dentistry, drugs in sport, the wind, Audaxes, camping (Lyn wins the "Princess and the Pea" award) and other things that "you had to be there" for.
19SundayMARCH

New Forest Tour

82 km  x4  x5  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Andy Newell
Jez Kent
Nick Dunton
Great to see Ruth out on her trial ride - hope Jez drags you out again!

Although it was forecast to be very windy, we hid quite well for the first section, stopping at Beaulieu for coffee. Obviously, we had to go through the whole "cyclists can't use the window seat because they might be dirty" charade, which is mildly amusing if you've been there before.

Straight after coffee, it was up the hill and into the wind, through the almost Autmnal ornamental drives at Rhinefield and Bolderwood and into the heavy and gusting headwinds on the plains, before arriving early at the Red Shoot for lunch. Good job we booked as there was a running race finishing there, and all the tables were reserved.

After lunch was a rather easier affair, with the Roger Penny Way climb being delightfully wind assisted, and with a bit of lead sharing, many Strava PBs were annihilated!

Wildlife count was high - ponies, horses, donkeys, cows came readily, but the pigs were elusive until almost the end... full house!

A picnic in the sunshine at the end was a fitting end - thanks for the Bakewell, Jez!

15WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

48 km  x4
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Alan Gale
Mike Holmes
Simon Godfrey
Glorious evening for a ride. Although the air was cool, we stayed warm by keeping the pace strong all ride, and managed plenty of socialising as we rode. Well done guys!

15WednesdayMARCH

Andover from Great Shefford

108 km  x4  x2  x1
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Louis Hall
Nick Dunton
Terry Penn
It was quite cool when we set off. Kintbury crossing provided the first break of the day, but soon we were on the interminable climb into the mist and up Walbury Hill - tough climb!

Good descents and further climbs followed, until we made it into the valley of the dry tributaries of the Test, where the pace rose nicely in the flatlands under Andover. For about 30 minutes before lunch, the sun graced us with her presence, and stayed with us for the rest of the ride. Lunch at the craft centre cafe at Weyhill, was a rather splendid affair, although, no all-day breakfasts were on offer.

After lunch we undulated like anything, stopping or the first ice cream of the season at Great Bedwyn, and then further undulated our way back across the ridges at Poughley and the Goodings. Nick commented that the ride "kept giving" - it was remorseless!

Another splendid midweek outing... roll on the next one.

12SundayMARCH

Stanton and Stanford

66 km  x7  x1
Ride Category
John Talbot
Adrian West
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
John Groves
Lyn Taylor
Terry Penn
A good turn out considering the grey and wet conditions that greeted the riders at the start (rain)

An uneventful and drizzly run out to Stanton Harcourt with a slight diversion at Southmoor to take the little used track to Hinton Waldrist (a little muddy in places, oops, sorry!).

The lane to Yelford was pretty mucky too and we used another little used lane into the back of Bampton where we met another group of cyclists going the same way. Friendly pleasantries were exchanged :)

The breakfast at the garden centre was very welcome as the rain had got a little heavier by this point. However when we restarted it had stopped and was starting to brighten up a bit. By the time we got to Stanford-in-the-Vale the Sun was threatening to shine too (sun)

A nice run round the back of the A-road via Park Lane and the "great views" from the top of Circourt bridge took us back to Challow and that just left the climb back to Wantage.

Thanks for joining me on a very chilled morning ride and well done all on what was quite a pacy ride (clap)


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!