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22SundayJANUARY

Welcome Ride

49 km  x7  x3
Ride Category
Seven riders braved the sub-zero temperatures, welcome to John and Claire on their first Corallian rides :)

A beautiful crisp morning with fantastic sunshine if a bit chilly. The roads were good though, a little bit crispy through Westcot but Fawler Hill was fine (the bit I was most concerned about).

We made good progress to Faringdon, at some point I may have cut off a short section as I had put the wrong route on my Garmin so was navigating by memory!

The Rookery is an excellent warm stop with superb coffee and we lingered and chatted for a while.

We headed back to Wantage via the newly surfaced lanes to West Hanney before we encountered the worst ice on the ride on the road to Denchworth which had large drifts of ice almost across the whole road. We safely negotiated the hazard and arrived back in Wantage bang on midday.

Thanks for the excellent company and apologies for ruining the peace with my wheel bearing which was slowly destroying itself :$

18WednesdayJANUARY

Winter Evening Ride

30 km  x4
Ride Category
Another great winter night ride for Corallian CC and very warm Welcome to Kev Woodley who road for the first time tonight with us.

The route was short and flat with icy conditions in mind, but it wasn't too bad so we made a good average pace. No issues, no problems, just good cycling with a great group. See you next time :)
15SundayJANUARY

Hungerford and Pewsey

102 km  x5  x1  x1
Ride Category
It started off drizzly in Hungerford, and by the time we'd got as far as Marlborough, it felt like a coffee stop was the right thing to do. The excellent Food Gallery did us proud again, and before long we were off, with the rain getting less persistent. The long drag and then drop own to Alton Barnes afforded us a decent white horse view, and by Devizes there was another one.

Just a quick stop to marvel at the feat of engineering at Caen Hill locks, and we were at the Raven in Poulshot, complete with woodburning stove. After very nice Sunday lunches, departure with sunshine was appreciated, and the excellent rolling road from Urchfont to Pewsey allowed us to make good progress into the mizzle.

Adrian needed a replenishment stop in Pewsey, but everywhere closed due to a power cut. Hey ho.

From Burbage onwards, the weather got worse and worse, and it was with relief we finally ploughed along the A4 back into Hungerford, rather wetter than when we had started out!

11WednesdayJANUARY

Winter Evening Ride

36 km  x4
Ride Category
The forecast of wind may have put off some people from attending, but the group of four riders that left Wantage were pleasantly surprised. There was a lot less wind than expected.

Into the not so bad wind on the way out and nice push back with the wind behind us. A very pleasant ride deviating slightly from the planned route to avoid mucky roads.
8SundayJANUARY

Abingdon and Bampton

70 km  x5  x3
Ride Category
A rather dank and drizzly morning, and a Corallian welcome to Lyn and Sorrel. We picked up John at Drayton and cracked on at a decent pace, through Cumnor and skirting Eynsham.

Coffee at Bampton was as perfect as ever, and the dash up Buckland Hill seems to get shorter each time. Riders left in dribs and drabs to get back to Sunday lunches - well earned!

4WednesdayJANUARY

Winter Evening Ride

46 km  x4
Ride Category
Four riders braved the cold tonight. A warm(!) welcome to Tom on his first Corallian ride.

A very sociable ride into the Vale on mainly gritted roads so no ice issues despite the obvious drop in temperature towards the end of the ride!

28WednesdayDECEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

38 km  x4
Ride Category
Riding in from Charney Bassett, it was clear tonight was going to be a cold one. A quick coffee at the mercifully still-open Costa was a godsend. Great to see Mike out again after his ailments, and also Adrian after his nearly-terminal man-flu.

We decided to head out to Hanney straight up the A338 rather than through Denchworth to meet Barry (also on the mend from his ailments!), who was in Grove when we got to West Hanney. So we looked at the stars and the Milky Way for 10 minutes, and then all set off on the Plan B route to Fyfield, Hinton Waldrist and Pusey. Pockets of cold air and freezing fog made us gasp for breath at regular intervals, or at least, that's what the excuse was!

Arriving at the Chequers dead-on the planned time of 8:30 was perfect, and it was lovely to quaff beer and chips in the warm to finish up the evening.

18SundayDECEMBER

Lambourn and Chiseldon

83 km  x4  x4
Ride Category
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

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14WednesdayDECEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

49 km  x2
Ride Category
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 :)