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8SundayJANUARY

Abingdon and Bampton

70 km  x5  x3
Ride Category
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
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
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
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!

16FridayDECEMBER

Committee Meeting

 x3
14WednesdayDECEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

49 km  x2
Ride Category
A nice flat ride into the Vale, but the ride leader was flagging due to a chest cold. Nice conditions, good conversation and no issues.

Not as many riders as I would have liked to have seen, but that's the time of year innit :)

11SundayDECEMBER

Mince Pie Ride

47 km  x6  x8
Ride Category
A lovely day for a ride up White Horse Hill. Slight confusion at the start as we left John G behind! Oops. Sorry John :$

Six riders made their way to the bottom of the hill without seeing any other cyclists. And we only saw a few climbing the hill. Kind of eerie.

Once we were at the car park though riders from all directions started to arrive and quite a large gathering ensued. All enjoyed the mince pies and mulled wine.

Liz who was late to the start and made her own way up the hill joined us for the return ride to Charney Bassett where some of us stopped for a scrumptious lunch. Afterwards wending our way back to Wantage.

7WednesdayDECEMBER

Winter Evening Ride

44 km  x4  x1
Ride Category
A really good ride tonight!

We were pushed out by the wind, but alas we had to ride back through a headwind to get back again, which was a bit tiring toward the end for a couple of us.

No incidents to mention apart from the ride leader getting too close to Chris and almost knocking him off his bike! Nice recovery Chris and apologies again.

5MondayDECEMBER

Christmas Curry

 x8
4SundayDECEMBER

Oxford Fringe

86 km  x2  x4
Ride Category
With other commitments, work trips and illness it was a depleted peloton today. It was great to see Nick S on his first Corallian ride waiting for me at Wantage.

With the temperature at -2°C a few of the lanes out to Fyfield were a bit frosty but no real danger and I was soon impressing Nick with my knowledge of the back streets of Oxford. Elsfield hill was the first little test and with the Sun gaining altitude it was actually starting to get quite warm. The views from the road down to Forest Hill were magnificent.

The tougher test of Ladder Hill came immediately before the highly recommended Mill View Garden Centre where bacon sandwiches were consumed.

We made great progress to Sandford and over the Thames and picked up the pace through Abingdon to Steventon and back to Wantage taking turns at the front.

A really great ride, a good natter and such a good route that I will have to do it again in the summer when more riders will be able to join me :)