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5WednesdayAPRIL

Wednesday Evening Ride

27 km  x10
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Adrian West
Barry Gills
Jenny Gower
John Groves
Jon Blamey
Jon Page
Phil Stubbings
Terry Penn
Tom Clayton
What a fantastic turnout for the start of the Wednesday Evenings! A short one tonight in gorgeous weather, and the "sorting hat" got used on the Spring Line road before we settled into a great rhythm and very good riding discipline from everyone.

Even with a puncture (swiftly rectified by the crack squad of pit lane mechanics) near Childrey, we just upped the pace a little and made it back a few minutes before sunset, as promised. Even though the pace was high for a blue ride, everyone coped very well, and by the amount of chattering, You could only assume that there was still a little left in the tank....

I am hugely proud of the riding discipline and ethos we're developing at Corallian, and tonight's ride was a joy to lead and be on - very well done everyone!

5WednesdayAPRIL

Midweek morning from Saddleback

76 km  x2  x6
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Louis Hall
After a daydreaming start, where I rode right past Saddleback, we got in the groove visiting an area quite alien to Louis. Across past Chieveley in the sunshine to the "Quiet Lanes" of Bucklebury, through the heathland and woodland.

A deviation to the plan saw us take in Bagnor and Snake Lane rather than the Boxford Alp, before the Combesbury descent. We parted company near Woolley Barns with a solid and very enjoyable morning's climbing in the bag.

2SundayAPRIL

Hack Check

109 km  x5  x5
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
Nick Dunton
Nick Stokell
A modest excursion, according to the Harlequin Hack marketing. It was just that, as 5 set off from Uffington at a decent (but not desperate) pace. Cogges Farm Shop was as busy as ever, but we managed to fit a coffee in.

The sun kept threatening to break through, and was successful once or twice. We all managed to ride on our own limits for the long drag up from Spelsbury to Chippy, with a slight headwind... which meant that a sweaty and breathless bunch of Corallians sat down to lunch...

Sunshine was much more abundant after lunch, and the threatened tailwind just about helped on the return journey, which was all rather pleasant.

Hoping very much that the Audax gets the same weather - it was indeed a charming little excursion.

29WednesdayMARCH

Pub Night

 x5
Chris Walters
Adrian West
John Groves
John Talbot
Nick Stokell
A very busy Greyhound just about coped with the food order, and it was eventually very good. Guest appearance tonight was Andy Cowan, complete with his zimmer frame prop - great to catch up Andy!
29WednesdayMARCH

Midweek to Broad Hinton

88 km  x5
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Barry Gills
Louis Hall
Nick Dunton
Phil Stubbings
The forecast suggested it would be dry with some sunshine later on. Wrong on both counts, unless you can include the shafts of light that lit Swindon (though heaven knows why!).

A lumpy ride, and was good to see Phil push himself hard after a bout of man-flu.

Climbs at Lambourn and Aldbourne took us on some unfamiliar lanes over to Marlborough, and the climb to the other Hackpen was rather rewarding. A quick descent into Wroughton was followed by a rather slower climb out of Wroughton, and we got to lunch through a little drizzle.

The afternoon was easier up to Liddington, and Phil branched off to take the direct route back along Ermin Street, while the rest also took in Aldbourne again and Ramsbury, noting the mis-spelled sign to "Lambourne" along the way.

A final time trial along Ermin Street finished the ride (and the riders) off nicely.

26SundayMARCH

Welcome Ride

54 km  x9  x1
Ride Category
Adrian West
Andy Newell
Barry Gills
Chris Walters
Des Higgs
Jenny Gower
John Groves
Nick Dunton
Richard Saunders
I'd written quite an in-depth ride report, but for some reason it lost it in the save and I had to log in again. Out of time now :(

A big welcome to Joy Arthur and thanks to all who came. It was a great ride.

24FridayMARCH

Committee Meeting

 x3
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Richard Preece
It was a quick one tonight - things are all running nicely! Key focus for us is to get some more ride leaders recruited and trained and taking some rides!