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21WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

48 km  x3
Ride Category
A nippy ride to start with. Traffic was manic in Wantage, and pretty busy all the way through Abingdon, so I varied the route to focus on the quieter roads.

No dramas, good pace, good banter. Jon turned off at Gainfield to head back home, and the other JB and I nattered all the way back to Wantage.

Next week, on to 6:30 starts and rides in daylight... wonder if we'll have to cancel a summer ride due to snow, if The Beast From The East 3 puts in an appearance?
16FridayMARCH

Committee Meeting

 x3
We tried teleconferencing tonight, worked OK, but not as good as face to face meetings. Back to the pub for the next one!

See the link (above right, looks like a graph) for the minutes.
14WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

51 km  x2
Ride Category
Just two riders for a nice ride around south Oxfordshire. The wind was annoying at times, especially on the boring road to Steventon.

Lots of chat on quiet roads.

11SundayMARCH

Morning Ride - Wallingford figure of 8

64 km  x7
Ride Category
The forecast said rain, but it didn't.

We were tagged onto by another rider for a short distance around the back of Didcot - always nice to have a natter!

Gas works in Wallingford didn't stop us, and with the leader flagging, coffee (and a full English) was undertaken at Style Acre in Blewbury. We ate outside. - it was nearly warm enough...

Thanks to everyone for a nice mellow morning out, and especially to Andy for keeping a knackered ride leader company!

7WednesdayMARCH

Winter Evening Ride

48 km  x6
Ride Category
After the trials and tribulations coming from the weather over recent weeks, it was a relief to be able to actually run a ride!

No dramas, John and Jon left the ride at their nearest points to home, and buffs were handed out at the end (to those that have paid...).

28WednesdayFEBRUARY

Pub, replacing the Winter Evening Ride

 x6
Healthy kudos to Louis and Mike, who both rode over. Shame on all the rest, who drove over in their nice warms cars.
21WednesdayFEBRUARY

Winter Evening Ride

50 km  x3
Ride Category
Weather was forecast to be dry and mild but in reality was wet and mucky.
The ride leader bailed at Denchworth due to having soaking wet feet and having the wrong bike and kit for wet and mucky weather. Dave and Mike continued and completed the ride
https://www.strava.com/activities/1419489891
19MondayFEBRUARY

Curryallian

 x9
10 "riders" including another guest appearance from Matthew Talbot.

Parking in Abingdon is a challenge in the evening, but we finally managed to find somewhere...

Tiffins Tandoori Restaurant, to give it its full name, was rather good, and excellent value for money. We will be back.

Maybe not to the multi-storey car park though, as Lyn managed to park on a floor that is locked up after 7:30pm.... big thanks to Des for coming to the rescue!
18SundayFEBRUARY

Cherwell Valley

94 km  x5  x4
Ride Category
Well, a ride without rain or strong wind made a pleasant change - we even had some sunny intervals before lunch (it's rumoured that Chris may have taken off his over-gloves).

Five set out and five returned (Lyn currently in dispute with British Cycling over his membership!) and no punctures despite hedge clippings, many potholes and a brief field adventure to avoid a closed road. Working our way up through North Oxfordshire and into Northamptonshire, small birds were very much more in evidence than motorists and the vote for an early coffee stop at Limes Tree Farm at Farthinghoe was narrow (1 for, 4 whatevers) but it seemed a popular move in the event. A large contingent from Wellesbourne Wheelers were leaving the National Herb Centre as we arrived and lunch was, as ever there, tasty and the service efficient. The hills of the return leg were particularly appreciated by John after 9 hours of table tennis the day before, and we rolled into Woodstock bang on 1500.

Thank you all for your convivial company and a brownie point for Louis who converted the ride into an Imperial Century by riding to the start and back!
11SundayFEBRUARY

Morning Ride

54 km  x6  x1
Ride Category
Six intrepid cyclists braved the "fresh" breezy ride. We started by being buffeted with a cross wind up Chain Hill where we had a well timed meeting with Chris at the top. A few minutes to gather thoughts and we were off again with the wind behind us through Farnborough and West Ilsley.

The leader felt that it would be pleasant for the group to have a short break with views over the A34 just before East Ilsley whilst he mended his puncture, assisted by Andy. Off we went again through East Ilsley and Compton, dodging the pot holes, with the wind still at our backs, then another unscheduled stop for a puncture......mucky roads and potholes have a lot to answer for. Round in a loop by the Four Points and passed the Rain Forest and into Hampstead Norreys for refreshments, where Phil was waiting for us.....good to see you Phil.

Off again now against the wind, at a good pace, towards Worlds End and Beedon, through Stanmore to Lilley, where we parted company with Chris (on good terms). We continued up the B4494 past Saddlebacks and then Jenny dropped off to go home not wishing to face the cross winds down Chain Hill again.

The remaining four tackled the return journey down Chain Hill with due caution given that the wind was still strong. All arrived safely back in Wantage.

Good ride, thank you for your company