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19SaturdayNOVEMBER

Autumnal Cotswolds

86 km  x4  x6
Ride Category
The rearranged Sunday ride started off in the cold on Saturday (better than cold, wet and windy, we'd decided) morning, welcoming Jez Kent for his first Corallian ride. Some of the lanes were still frosty and in a few cases, icy, as we wended our way over towards Tetbury. The colours of the trees and especially the hedgerows made for a very Autumnal experience.

For 30 minutes before our stop in Malmesbury, we had a lovely drizzle to contend with, easily fixed by a lovely breakfast by the lovely ladies at the garden centre.

After the stop, we had a mix of quiet roads and lanes, and some rather splendid road surfaces that aided progress back to the start point. Quite a delightful morning.

16WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

43 km  x3
Ride Category
It was dry in the Vale (unlike the other side of the Ridgeway, where the monsoon visited during the afternoon), and not particularly chilly, so we had rather a pleasant bimble around the Vale.

13SundayNOVEMBER

Bradfield

75 km  x5  x4
Ride Category
A nippy start, but Chain Hill soon saw the Corallians stripping off. A big bang (Dave Talboys' "tyres made from cheese" made an unwelcome return) just before West Illsley gave us an excuse to faff for a bit, followed by a second bang as the replaced tube herniated at the same hidden spot on the sidewall.

Apple Pie Hill was "enjoyed" by all, and the road down through Ashampstead to Bradfield was all but deserted, treating us to further Autumnal colour displays. A cheeky little stop at Bucklebury Farm Park wasn't as advertised, but coffee and cake hit the spot nicely, and the llamas looked on, bemused.

With only a brief stop to call 999 in Hermitage to report a potential M4 overbridge jumper, we made it back up to the top of Court Hill and into Wantage with the minimum of fuss, albeit with the northerly wind returning to give us something to struggle against. Good company and some solid riding, on what we agreed was rather a hilly ride - well done everyone.

9WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

43 km  x3
Ride Category
I didn't think many would turn up to this ride after all the wet weather we had the previous 24 hours so I was glad to see Mike and Dave waiting patiently at the Alfred statue.

Due to wet roads and abundance of leaves I decided to cut the ride short by a bit at the start losing Denchworth and the Hanneys.

Dave had some battery issues with his headlight which we eventually got sorted and there were a few desperate stops for the call of nature which slowed us down a bit and lowered our average speed around the route. Apart from that the ride was pleasant and taken at a fair blue pace being cautious with the conditions on the roads.

7MondayNOVEMBER

Curry-allian Evening

 x7
The world has been put to rights... oh, and the food was rather excellent!
6SundayNOVEMBER

Chipping Norton

110 km  x2  x4  x1
Ride Category
Just two hardy souls today on a ride of two halves. The ride to Chippy, and the ride back.

The first half started in beautiful style - clear blue skies, and the threatened wind wasn't apparent. The last 45 minutes of uphill drag into Chippy was a different game, plenty of head-on Northerly and icy wind, and the sun had all but gone. Brutal. A fry-up was the only way to make life good again.

Contrast to the return journey of rolling hills, the wind on our backs, and some sunshine was altogether more pleasant. WE did keep an eye on the skies for the light showers promised for 3pm, which were bang on time. Fortunately, bikes were stowed by this point and there was a rather smug feeling for having outrun the weather.

2WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

50 km  x5
Ride Category
A very warm welcome to all on the first Winter Wednesday ride and to Tony Clark for joining us on his first Corallian ride.

A very cold but fairly clear and calm evening as we set off from Wantage down the A417 and met up with Hugo at the kebab van.

Once we got onto quieter roads we rode in a nice tight sociable group, still maintaining a good pace for a blue ride. Riding 2 abreast in a group is safer, more sociable and more efficient. Breaking into single file when required for cars to pass etc.

The ride went very smoothly with no problems whatsoever apart from Des dropping a light on the way to Charney.

Parting company with some riders as we got closer to home we all made it back safely and enjoyably.

See you all next week.

30SundayOCTOBER

Winchester Wander

71 km  x4  x10
Ride Category
A misty morning in Hampshire but no visibility issues throughout the ride.

We took the sneaky route out of Winchester via Winnall and onto small quiet lanes. The autumn colours were fantastic and there were several beautiful lanes through the Beech woods and lined with golden rusty trees. Several times we were riding alongside small chalk streams.

We took a coffee break at West Meon, very busy with cyclists so there was a small delay in service but not too bad.

After the break we had the lumpy section including Beacon Hill which was a narrow, well surfaced lane on a steady gradient. Quite long but a pleasant climb.

Phil suffered the first Corallian puncture shortly afterwards which was swiftly dealt with.

We took the lovely traffic free route via Hockley Viaduct back into Winchester where we dumped the bikes back in the cars and grabbed lunch nearby.

A fantastic autumnal ride :)

28FridayOCTOBER

Committee Meeting

 x3  x1
Really good to take stock of what we've achieved so far and to brainstorm for our marketing launch in the Spring. In the meantime, if you have any friends who would enjoy Corallian rides, please invite them along!
26WednesdayOCTOBER

Shakedown Night Ride

42 km  x3
Ride Category
Great to see Rich out on his first Corallian ride and also riding out from and back to Wantage!

It worked out quite well starting from Uffington, especially when there's a pub very close for afterwards... anyhow, it was a lovely evening to ride in the dark - very little traffic, not too cold, and not much wind either. Looking forward to starting the winter night season next week.