Sociable leisure rides for enthusiastic cyclists

Ride Reports


Brize Norton Morning Ride

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Winter Evening Ride

 48 km  184 m  01:57  x3
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A nippy night, but it stayed dry. Some knee challenges slowed the pace from Steventon, and a pothole induced pinch puncture stopped us in out tracks near Charney Bassett.... faith in motorists was well and truly restored - one car stopped and gave us light to repair by and another car stopped to check all was OK.

To cap it all off for the unlucky leader (yep, my knee and my puncture!) I realised at the end that I'd not switched my computer on at the start.


Calleva - Red

 94 km  1054 m  03:55  x4  x1
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Good conditions after the rain of the previous 24 h - only one small flood across the road and the weather remained dry (just about) throughout. A very evenly matched quartet made rapid progress through Oxfordshire and Berkshire and into Hampshire, enjoying some beautiful autumn colours, where we failed to take any photos of the Roman walls of Calleva (for the record Calleva Atrebatum was originally an Iron Age settlement from about 25 BC to 50 AD then a Roman Town from 43 AD to about 550 AD). From there a cunning cut-through found us in Tadley to try out the Cafe Retreat for lunch. It seems a popular spot on a Sunday Morning but there were a few tables available and the service was pretty quick. Breakfasts there are coded B1 to B5 and seemed good value (but note no cards! cash only). The return ride was similarly incident free until Andy picked up a puncture on the descent of Chain Hill, happily slow enough to allow him to limp to the market square a few minutes after the rest.

Rides don't come any easier to lead than this one - a real pleasure.

Winter Evening Ride

 49 km  282 m  01:58  x5
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Enjoyable ride on dry roads with only light winds. It was a little chilly later on - crucial to get the clothing right! My first go at leading a Winter/Autumn evening ride in the dark was made straightforward by a good group. The difficult decision seemed to be choosing when when to ride two abreast - a little off-putting with lights bearing down on you! Thanks to everyone. Only two of us at the KAH.

Welcome Ride - Coleshill

 56 km  432 m  02:28  x10  x1
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Belated report (apologies), but it was lovely to see Peter out with us again (he always brings the sun - 100% record) and Pam and James for the first time.

An utterly uneventful ride - traffic was calm, the coffee stop in Coleshill was excellent (it will be used regularly, I'm sure) and the sociable nature of our Welcome Rides was really in evidence. We said hello to some friends from Newbury Road Club both on the road and at the cafe, and there were plenty of other cyclists out on a lovely day.

Many thanks to Nick for sweeping and also leading the splinter group of Dragon Slayers.


Castle Combe Sightseer

 75 km  753 m  03:42  x11  x10
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An excellent turn out with guest Simon Turner making us up to a round dozen.

We set off in cloudy but dry conditions and it stayed pretty much like that all morning. The route was well received and had plenty to entertain, passing through some of the most picturesque countryside, villages and towns and incorporating two towpath sections and two long and (dimly) lit tunnels. As if that were not enough, we also saw a flock of rhea/emu, a herd of pigmy goats, a llama farm, crossed a couple of canal aqueducts and passed several national trust properties.

A phantom puncture provided a good excuse to stop for a coffee and cake in central Bath, which was buzzing with tourists but traffic free on our route. A few minutes after resuming the ride the puncture reappeared but was swiftly dealt with. Meanwhile Nick's new bike drew the attention of the local police and was added to the national register. Hunger pangs and the smell of burgers drew us in to The Crossed Guns pub by the Avoncliff aqueduct where the food was excellent. We sat outside and enjoyed scoff ranging from dirty chips to Sunday roast beef dinner. Luckily it was flat for the first couple of miles after that and the sun was out to warm us up for the final bumpy section back to Castle Combe via Lacock National Trust village.


AGM and Dinner

Minutes and slides have been shared on Facebook and the website.

We got the business over and done with quickly, and had a lovely social and meal together - the consensus was that the food was fantastic!

Thanks to all members for supporting the club in the previous year - we're looking forward to more of the same for many years to come!

Morning Ride

 58 km  209 m  02:25  x3  x1
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A very warm (actually wet and windy!) welcome to Caroline on her first club ride. Considering the state of the roads, Route B was enacted today, heading to Bampton via Fyfield and Yelford.

I kept suggesting that it was "brightening up", but every time I did, the weather seemed to redouble efforts to put us off. Anyhow, we took a very leisurely coffee / cake / breakfast stop in the dry, to discover on the way out that it was Mike's birthday - Happy Birthday Mike!

Taking the direct route home, it was rather less damp, although the rain didn't really finish until we stopped riding. The wind did pick though, so the last bit back from Charney Bassett into the headwind was rather a slog.

Anyhow, it was a lovely ride, despite the dampness!


Corallian Crusade

 105 km  409 m  04:33  x8
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After some rather dodgy weather and a very wet overnight period the day dawned with blue skies and sunshine which accompanied the riders all the way around. It was pretty mild too.

Forty two riders completed the event, most complaining about the headwind on the return leg :)

Thanks to Nick, June, Tracey, Sue, Jasmine, Chris, Louis and Katherine for all their help on the day (beer)

Fifth Sunday Ride

 97 km  990 m  04:35  x1  x1
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Solo - wet