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7FridayJULY

Committee Meeting

 x3
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Richard Preece
5WednesdayJULY

Wednesday Evening Ride

50 km  x8  x4
Ride Category
Nick Dunton
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Louis Hall
Mike Fitton
Nick Stokell
Tom Clayton
Phew. If I had known it was going to be that hot I would have picked a flatter route. Everyone coped well, however, and we did over 50km in under 2 hours: pretty good, given the terrain. I estimate I was only on the front for about 20 per cent of the ride, which probably explains why the time was so good. Blowingstone exerted its usual sorting-hat effect. The climb from Lambourn to Ashbury was managed strongly, even with a headwind. And the undulations of the Springline Road caused a few gaps. As we were making good time, we extended the route through Goosey, Denchworth and Grove. That pint of shandy at the end tasted good.
3MondayJULY

Curryallian Evening

 x2
Chris Walters
Phil Stubbings
Just two of us tonight - always good to natter and nosh!
2SundayJULY

Henley-on-Thames

123 km  x5  x8
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Louis Hall
Mike Holmes
Nick Stokell
It started off quite nippy, so we enjoyed a good warm-up out through the Vale flatlands. It wasn't long before a clothing readjustment was in order though, just in time for the first major climb of Britwell Hill - a long drawn-out affair that you can see going straight up the hillside from a mile or so back. Did someone say 14%? Anyhow a nice long descent followed through Pishill and Stonor (first reference) Park.

After the turnoff at Middle Assendon, we took a sneaky right from the Boulters Bash route up the rather harsh Fawley Hill stopping at the top next to a graveyard with a rather impressive mausoleum (built 1750 as a family tomb for the Freeman family, of Fawley Court). Back onto the aforementioned route, Nick managed to get a snakebite descending Dudley Lane, so I took the opportunity to tighten my loose headset.

Next it was to Hambleden, where Louis relived memories of his nuptials, and then over the weir at Mill End and through the meadows past Aston, and on to the thronging mass of beautiful people at Henley Regatta. Lunch al fresco at the Henley Piazza was very welcome, as were the ice-creams...

A gentle restart along the banks of the Thames and then up through the delightful Harpsden Valley, Sonning Common, the Herb Farm (second oblique reference) and Tokers (third and final reference) Green, along a pretty rough road before the B4074 (7 Bends of Death) road. The descent into Goring was welcome, and the group wisely played the Streatley Hill Gambit Declined on the other side of the river.

Meanwhile, Nick's front tyre had been getting softer... and as we hit the traffic lights near the A34, a further stop was in order to add a tyre boot this time. A pothole at Rowstock was the final straw for Nick, with another instant flat, at which point he told us to carry on without him while he smoked a Hamlet and did a leisurely final fix.

A tough ride, at a good pace in lovely weather - it was such a pleasure being out today.



28WednesdayJUNE

Wednesday Evening Ride

47 km  x10
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Alan Gale
Barry Gills
Carol Bidgood
John Groves
Jon Blamey
Louis Hall
Nick Stokell
Phil Stubbings
It was a gloomy and cool evening, but that didn't deter 10 riders, including (welcome!) Carol, from turning up.

The traverse of the Spring Line was marked by a few impatient drivers with little regard to safety, but having huffed and puffed up the undulations, we settled into a more constant exertion as we dropped into the Vale.

The former level crossing and cattle bridge of Stainswick Lane was new to all bar the locals, and the remainder of the ride was at a very decent pace, and very sociable due to the double line.

The Fox, as ever, provided a very amenable location for post-ride cool down - a delightful evening on the velocipede!