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9SundayOCTOBER

Inkpen

68 km  x5  x3
Ride Category
Chris Walters
Alan Gale
John Groves
Matt Bray
Phil Stubbings
With many members away or ill this weekend, and those confirmed on the ride planning to join en route, it was a delight to see John Groves join us (me) at Wantage, otherwise it might have been a bit of a Billy-no-mates start to the ride. The weather was very pleasant, if a bit nippy - plenty of blue skies and sunshine

Up over Hackpen we stopped to natter with a group from Childrey and then caught Alan and Matt in Lambourn before heading up Eastbury Hill and down through Poughley to meet Phil in Hungerford. The route up Combe Gibbet from Inkpen is the one featured in the 100 Best Climbs book, and it didn't disappoint. A tough ascent, claiming 18% at one point! Before long Phil and I were at the Crown and Garter for coffee, meeting the others who had more sense than to attempt the climb.

On the return, we dropped off Phil near Kintbury and Alan and Matt near to Clapton, before braving the headwind-retarded climb up to the Ridgeway on the A338 - job done!

2SundayOCTOBER

Inaugural Ride

71 km  x10  x3
Ride Category
John Talbot
Adrian West
Alan Gale
Andy Butcher
Andy Newell
Chris Walters
Dave Talboys
Des Higgs
Nick Dunton
Phil Stubbings
Brillant, the first ride for Corallian and what a beautiful day to pick. Wall to wall sunshine on a perfect early autumn day.

Ten riders plus Richard as support crew gathered underneath King Arthur for the first ride briefing and after a few photos we were off.

I dubbed this ride the "Corallian Explorer" and we stopped in Shellingford for a brief introduction to the geology of the Corallian and the features we would be able to see on the ride.

It was a very chilled and relaxed ride with lots of chatter. Quiet lanes, great views and a fabulous pub lunch at The Chequers in Charney Bassett.

Thanks to everyone for supporting this new venture and here's to many many more excellent rides like this in the future!!

9FridaySEPTEMBER

Committee Meeting

 x3
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Richard Preece
A really good meeting where we finalised launch plans and pressed the "go" button - Corallian is open for members to sign up!
16TuesdayAUGUST

Committee Meeting

 x3
Chris Walters
John Talbot
Richard Preece
This is the one where we formally decided to adopt the constitution and become Corallian Cycling Club!