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11WednesdayJANUARY

Winter Evening Ride

36 km  x4
Ride Category
Adrian West
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
John Talbot
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
Chris Walters
Barry Gills
John Talbot
Lyn Taylor
Sorrel Williams
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
John Talbot
Chris Walters
Jon Blamey
Tom Clayton
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
Adrian West
Barry Gills
Chris Walters
Mike Holmes
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
Chris Walters
Jenny Gower
John Talbot
Terry Penn
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!