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8WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

38 km  x3
Ride Category
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
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
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
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  x1
Ride Category
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
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 :)
12SundayFEBRUARY

Standlake

56 km  x3  x2
Ride Category
The forecast looked OK - no snow today. To make up for it was the cold, and the easterly wind. Anyhow, there wasn't too much opposition to a change of plan and a trade of Streatley Hill for the Vale.

The headwind past Hinton Waldrist was quite biting, so thank you to Jez for battling us along there. A very nice Corallian breakfast followed at Bampton Garden Centre, with the heater on at full blast to thaw out frozen feet.

Surprise of the day was the snow when we got outside again. Still, it gave us the imperative to get our heads down for the return to Wantage.

10FridayFEBRUARY

Committee Meeting

 x3
8WednesdayFEBRUARY

Winter Evening Ride

41 km  x3
Ride Category
A chilly night loomed ahead as the 3 riders (a very warm welcome to Simon on his first Corallian ride) left Wantage and headed toward Abingdon. Only a very slight headwind on the way out and a pleasant downward gradient on the way back. No issues to report apart from cold feet and a weird noise randomly emanating from the rear of my bike.
Another great winter ride in the bag that will hopefully improve fitness for summer.
5SundayFEBRUARY

Lechlade

107 km  x7  x1  x1
Ride Category
Great to see Louis out on a ride with Corallian - welcome! Des joined the ride as far as Longcot and then diverted home, dreaming of warmer climes, and the rest of the group carried on, leaving the mist of the Vale behind.

The Coln Valley provided some gorgeous views as we skirted the Cotswolds in a somewhat bumpier phase of the ride.

Barry is the new "King of the tyres made from soft cheese" and suffered two blow-outs before we arrived for Sunday lunch, at the delightful Lechlade Garden Centre.

After lunch we had a spirited ride along that very straight road to Kelmscott, and back into more familiar territory up the Corallian and home via Pusey.

1WednesdayFEBRUARY

Winter Evening Ride

49 km  x2  x1
Ride Category
Two riders braved the iffy conditions (raining at the start). Just beyond Challow John suffered a pothole induced blowout, fortunately within limping distance of the garage forecourt for a dry and well lit repair.

After that the rain stopped, the Moon came out and we had a chilled ride around the Vale. A couple of light rain showers near the end tried to dampen our spirits but failed miserably.