Sociable leisure rides for enthusiastic cyclists

Ride Reports


Burford and Fairford

100 km  x4  x3
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Four riders (Lyn you need to pay your subs!!) on a cold but sunny morning in Wantage.

A very annoying block headwind out to Burford but still a pleasant ride. Surprisingly the road alongside the Windrush to Burford and Sherborne was new for at least 50% of the riders. Loads of snowdrops in the verges and the threat of snow in the air at one point!

The roads on top of the Cotswolds in this area are glorious, especially in the sunshine. A few stingers around Quenington made the legs burn but we were soon in Fairford at the Lynwood café. A very pleasant stop, small but the service was very quick and pictures of famous cycling climbs on the walls. I left a few business cards in the toilet (!).

The route back to Wantage was pretty direct and the wind was annoying again when we turned to the east. The Sun had gone in by now too. The A-road drag from Lechlade to Faringdon was quite tough. We were soon in Baulking and possibly the hardest stretch into the wind before we turned on the A-road back to Wantage arriving in the Market Square just after 1.30pm and spot on 100km.

Thanks for coming along for a very pleasant ride on a very pleasant day despite the annoying wind!!


Winter Evening Ride

35 km  x6
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A very cold night, but all 6 riders were up for a good ride. There wasn't any ice, but there was plenty of wind.

We held a good pace out of Wantage, but alas the ride leader was burnt out by Baulking. I decided to let everyone off the lead and left them to tackle Uffington while Mike and i took a short cut to Fernham via Uffington Station.

A spirited dash along the Shellingford Road to Gainfield and on to Charney where John Boaler got a slow puncture. After a few emergency inflations we got to the Fox for a drink and a natter. I gave Jon a lift home after so he didn't have to worry about fixing a flat in the dark and cold.

We will make sure Ben Heavers gets added to the ride and future list soon. Welcome to the club Ben :)


Welcome Ride

48 km  x6
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A good friendly bunch of riders, accepted the challenge of the hills. We went out of Wantage to Letcombe and up Court hill which warmed us up. Along the A338 there was a strong cross wind which made the riding a bit interesting. Then left to Woolley for another hill, then down and up again to Brightwalton. A good breather before going up again from a standing start into Peasemore. After that the pace increased with the prospect of a cup of coffee and option of food at Hilliers.

From there with the wind behind, a relatively flat(er) route, through Stanmore, Worlds End and Beedon, then braving more cross winds on Chain Hill back to Wantage.

Uffington & Alvescot

80 km  x2
Ride Category
Not many takers today -maybe the wet and windy forecast didn't help? Anyway, it wasn't cold.

The rain was light but persistent for the whole ride. Moments of note were the hunt at Eastleach, and Louis drying his socks on the log stove in the pub (which laid on a decent lunch, as it always does).

A little wind assistance at the start of the afternoon, and then it turned on us for most of the return leg, which to be honest, was rather a slog at times.

Many thanks to Louis for splendid company!


Winter Evening Ride

43 km  x4
Ride Category
Weather forecast was a bit wrong as we started in rain! However it had gone by Grove and the sky cleared. It was in fact a rather pleasant evening, light wind, clear skies, not cold.

None of us had the planned route on our computers so we made it up as we went along, roughly following the plan. Sadly Adrian felt unwell near Northmoor so he headed back via Charney. The rest of us continued via Hinton Waldrist.

Mike picked up a pothole induced puncture on the slip road off the A420 but it was swiftly dealt with in a farm entrance.

We made our way back via Stanford-in-the-Vale and arrived back in the Market Square just as the church clock chimed 9pm.


Morning Ride

56 km  x15  x3
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Good calm day and not too cold (once all the layers had been put on). 15 riders turned up for a pleasant warm up on the flat through Grove, Denchworth, Baulking, Uffington to Shrivenham.

We took the challenge of Ashbury hill on and then enjoyed the downhill into Lambourn. It was a bit of a squeeze at coffee, but we all managed to get a drink and something to eat. Off for the second biggish hill of the day and then downhill all the way back to Wantage.

Thanks to Terry for sweeping and thanks to good fortune for no punctures and no mechanicals, all in all a good ride.


Winter Evening Ride

29 km  x6  x1
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The first ride for me and a couple of others since before Christmas, but no one really lost their cycling fitness judging from tonight's ride.

We started as 5 until Dave caught us up at the railway bridge at the end of the Denchworth road. From the start, the fog started to thicken and glasses were removed to aid visibility.

It was cold wet and visibility was getting worse so we decided to shorten the route and head straight to Southmoor via West Hanney. We then headed back to Charney and back to Wantage. Still a good ride albeit we could hear everyone but not see a thing. All I can remember is red tail lights :)

Committee Meeting



97 km  x3  x3
Ride Category
Boot camp at 09:00 on the first Sunday of the year!

We had to be careful in the morning as the route moved onto lanes that had not been salted. While the sun was pleasant it was ineffective. Savernake Forest was great.

The Food Gallery in Marlborough provided a welcome late breakfast for us before we rode up to Hackpen 2. Thereafter we faced a chilling and strong North-Easterly, but this did not stop us getting back to Wantage for coffee and chat by 2:30pm.


New Year's Eve

66 km  x10  x1
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An overcast but fair morning and mild. Ten riders gathered for a very friendly ride out to Boar's Hill.

Dave made sure we knew he was back by getting his obligatory puncture near Hinton Waldrist :p

This was one of the easiest rides I've ever had to lead, I rather enjoyed leading from the back for sections of the ride as the group kept nice tight formation. I notice however that I was put to the front for the headwind sections back from Abingdon :)

We stopped at R&R in Abingdon Market Square which does bacon butties etc. on a Sunday. Recommended for future rides. Nick fixed his rattly mudguard whilst we were stopped.

To avoid the A338 in a headwind we extended the ride by going via the Hanneys and Denchworth and still finished before 1pm. A very well disciplined group which was a pleasure to lead. Happy New Year (beer)