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15WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

46 km  x4
Ride Category
A lovely warm evening and a warm welcome to Simon Haly on his first Corallian ride.

Only five of us again tonight. Really odd as it was really warm and calm. Many Corallian's missed a great ride. Where were you all???

The roads were quite greasy to start with and both Guy and Simon had earlier spills before meeting us in Wantage. Guy came off on his way to the ride. Luckily there were no injuries or damage.

We set off at a good pace and followed the planned route without a hitch, that is until I was too busy nattering and missed a turn. After a little re-routing we blasted down the A338 to Garford where Guy left us to get back to West Hanney. We actually saw him again when we got to Hanney so he might as well have stayed with us through Garford. Hey Ho.

The rest of the ride went without issue, we dropped Simon off at Denchworth and made our way back to a yobbo and boy racer filled market place in Wantage - Lovely.

A really good ride! More Corallians on the rides to come please.
12SundayNOVEMBER

Morning Ride

82 km  x6  x2
Ride Category
Main talking point today was the cold northerly wind which proved a boon on the homeward leg but posed a leg-sapping challenge for the first two hours of riding. We managed to dodge the various Remembrance Day services being held in villages en route. The proposed single-track through the woods was dropped as the path was deep in very slippery leaf-mulch. Aston Pottery seems increasingly to be the cycling Mecca of Oxfordshire: there must have been at least 50 riders there today. They served me a Rocky Road the size of a house-brick, so perhaps it’s not surprising. Back in Wantage just after 1 p.m. – not bad, given the adverse conditions.
8WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

40 km  x5
Ride Category
Well this ride was one for the books!

Surprisingly, only four riders met at the start of the ride in Wantage and we were at a loss to why there were so few? We were expecting at least double our number, but we soon discovered why there were so few.

Dave, Mike, Chris and myself decided to head straight to Hanney from Wantage as we were unsure if the Denchworth road into Hanney was still closed. Traffic was unusually heavy for the time of evening and I said to the other riders "perhaps traffic has been diverted due to an accident on the A34 or something". When we got a short way down the Hanney road to Steventon I had been correct unfortunately.

Cars were flashing us and we were told to turn round by a passing driver. Dave decided to ride on to see if we could pass and the rest of us followed. Eventually we came across a line of traffic halted by a double decker bus straddling the entire road at 90 degrees! We speculated to what chain of events caused it to be there as Dave squeezed past it on his return from even more carnage from a serious accident further on.

We all agreed to turn around out of respect for the victims and emergency services and headed back to Hanney. This was one of the reasons we had few riders, they couldn't get to us. One did but didn't catch us - read on.

We all agreed to salvage the ride and create an ad-hoc route as we rode on to Frilford missing Abingdon and a large chunk of the planned route entirely. We deviated slightly by adding a little extra to the rest of the planned route and we eventually got back to Wantage on the last part of the route as planned. Luckily we only lost about 10 km but it was bitterly cold so we were glad to get back early.

While all this was going on John had arrived a few minutes late due to the traffic caused by the accident and tried his best to catch us up. Alas we changed the route and he missed us! He did 50 km trying to chase us down so he deserves being added to tonight's ride report as he rode harder and further than the rest of us!
5SundayNOVEMBER

Alvescot

110 km  x12
Ride Category
It was a nippy morning, so I was part-delighted and part-horrified (we were going to be 4 short on the lunch booking - please, please if ride leaders asks you to confirm attendance to make bookings work, get in touch and confirm ASAP) to see 12 riders turn out.

Within a mile, though, we had lost one of the riders due to an unlikely conspiracy of perlican crossing, puncture, and nobody noticing. Abject apologies to Chris, and as ride secretary, I've already put a note out to the ride leaders so we can all learn from the incident, and hopefully never have a repeat.

Anyhow, it was a bit of a slog heading into the wind through the Vale and onto some new lanes for some through Sevenhampton and the outskirts of Swindon to get to Hannington. Top effort from Dave, sitting on the front and providing a diesel engine and wind-break to the peloton. After Hannington, it was a much more undulating ride in the southern Cotswolds (with one or two spots of rain thrown in, for atmosphere), and as we turned eastwards, the tailwind became most welcome.

Lunch at the Plough was superb, and they managed to squeeze us all in (elbow etiquette was critical!). Louis made us wait in the cold afterwards, as he fixed a puncture that appeared over lunch, and I made the group wait a little longer as I fixed my hung GPS computer...

The afternoon was a gentler affair, the tailwind still helping and Sunday roasts sitting heavy in the stomach. A few new lanes near Aston, where Andy also had and mended a puncture in lightning quick time, and we trod familiar paths back to Wantage, arriving as predicted at 3:30.

A lovely day of riding in chilled company and with mostly sunny (if cold and windy) weather.
1WednesdayNOVEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

48 km  x8
Ride Category
A fantastic turnout for the first Winter Wednesday ride of the 2017/2018 cold season.

8 riders left Wantage for a very enjoyable ride. Temperatures dropped quite a bit and some of us experienced numb fingers and toes. I expect next week will be bolstered with warmer winter clothes. Temperatures lifted and dropped quite a bit in various places by an estimated 3 or 4 degrees, causing bizarre fogging up of glasses at random and a nice perceived waft of warm air occasionally.

The route was perfect for the first ride out in the dark. Holes and dodgy items/ road surfaces were called properly and the group maintained a nicely ordered peloton.

As expected on the first winter ride, some of us had battery issues with lights but there were plenty of spares to hand out if needed. Tom being the only rider needing assistance with emergency lighting.
The pace wasn't dramatic and we all made it around the 50 km route in a nice chilled manner, just spinning the legs. Apart from Chris of course having to push a bit harder on his single speed on the undulations.

A good start! See you again in the weeks to come.
30MondayOCTOBER

Curryallian - Social Evening

 x7
29SundayOCTOBER

Autumnal Chilterns

88 km  x8  x5
Ride Category
A very pleasant ride into and through the Chilterns. Some climbing, some grubby lanes and some sunshine.

The two biggest climbs, Garsons Hill and Assendon, were dealt with fairly early on. Riding through Henley is always fun.

Nick considerately got a puncture arriving at the refreshment stop so there was no delay required. The Barn at Turville Heath is very quaint and serves excellent food. One to remember for future rides.

After lunch the ride was pretty lumpy until we got to Christmas Common where a spirited run back through Ewelme and Benson got us back bang on 2pm which was my estimated completion time :)

Thanks everyone for your splendid company and riding :)

27FridayOCTOBER

Committee Meeting

 x3
Have a look at the link that looks like a graph to the right ->
for the minutes - outstanding AGM queries are contained within.
22SundayOCTOBER

Welcome Ride

48 km  x8  x1  x1
Ride Category
A windy, hilly ride.

Eight riders braved the roads after storm Brian yesterday, but there was surprisingly not much standing water or debris on the road.

After the initial pull up Chain hill we settled down to an undulating ride, arriving at our coffee stop 2 minutes before my predicted time.

Good coffee and food then back out in the wind for more undulations.

A prospective joinee came to suss us out at the start. We look forward to welcoming you on a ride in November, Brenda.

Thank you all who acted as guinea pigs on my first ride as leader.....8 went out and 8 came back.....phew!
15SundayOCTOBER

Wye and Severn

131 km  x9  x9  x1
Ride Category
Nine riders plus special guests Colin and Simon from Beacon RCC in Birmingham gathered in the rather grey conditions at the start. Not cold though.

We used the cycle path to get to the A40 and over the River Severn and the short blast along the A48 before we joined tiny lanes.

An interesting incident on the level crossing which doesn't seem to like cyclists much and shut on us trapping some of the peloton behind the barriers. Unfortunately Phil took a tumble and then the barriers went up to let cars across. Bizarre!!

We continued but Phil dropped off the back. investigation revealed a smashed rear shifter and he made the obvious decision to retreat back to the start.

The rest of the riders continued to the rather busy A4151 up the climb and through Little Dean. Shortly afterwards Nick suffered the first of today's punctures. Whilst this was being fixed we were astounded to see Phil turn up! His shifter had miraculously fixed itself!!

The reunited riders climbed the second big climb of the day up to Coleford where we took a breakfast break at Kaplan's café. With most of the big climbs out of the way we continued to the glorious road along the Wye valley, a tight 2x2 peloton making life easier and safer for all road users.

The obligatory photo opportunity at Tintern Abbey and then the draggy climb punctuated by temporary traffic lights towards Chepstow where a meet was in full flow at the racecourse.

Soon we were at the garden centre for our lunch stop, note for future you are allowed to wheel your bikes through the shop to the bike parking by the café.

After refreshment we had the excitement of the Severn Bridge. Always a massive treat, especially as the Sun finally made an appearance. Gilets and arm warmers were soon removed as the temperature began to rise, this is October right?

After the initial lumpy bit to Thornbury Chris suffered puncture #2 and we were delayed again for a repair. After this we soon hit the flatlands of the Severn valley with sunshine and a lovely tailwind. We were zipping along!

I altered the route slightly to avoid one of the towpath sections, this involved a quick blast for a few km along the A38. We were delayed by a swing bridge at Frampton and decided as time was getting on to skip the final optional stop and head back to Gloucester. Just before the towpath section I felt my back tyre go soft but thought I'd hang on for a bit and stick some air in it, unfortunately shortly afterwards it went flat suddenly for puncture #3. A new club record for a ride!!

Most of the others continued on the last few km to the finish whilst I repaired and got back to the car park a bit later than estimated.

An excellent ride and excellent company :)