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15SundaySEPTEMBER

Away Ride

 97 km  930 m  04:15  x3
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The sun was warming up nicely in Uffington as Stephen and I were getting ready when Paul, accompanied by Jason Jones, on his first Corallian ride, joined us, having ridden from Wantage.

The first part of the ride, with a persistent Westerly and the demanding spring line road, was taken at a steady pace. None of us wanted an early stop so we passed up the opportunity in Chiseldon and pressed on towards Wroughton. We regrouped at the top of the hill by the Science Museum library and proceeded through Broad Hinton before descending carefully off the Downs at Clyffe Pypard - the clue to its steepness is in its name!

The next 20 kilometres through largely deserted lanes were very flat before the bump up to Malmesbury. We parked our bikes in the back yard of the excellent Summer Cafe (open all year, including Sundays) for lunch.

The ride back was wind assisted and hot in the fierce sun on quiet country lanes. The shade of the trees on the stiff little climb up to Purton was a welcome substitute for the lack of air cooling. Swindonian drivers then lived up to their asinine reputation. We spread out along the B4019 before regrouping at Highworth and the simple run back to Uffington.

Back in Uffington by 2:15pm, we eschewed ice creams and saw Paul and the new Corallian, Jason, off on their final leg back to Wantage.
13FridaySEPTEMBER

Espinasses and Seyne

 91 km  1776 m  05:11  x5
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12ThursdaySEPTEMBER

Tallard

 89 km  838 m  04:05  x6
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11WednesdaySEPTEMBER

Verdon Gorge

 92 km  2023 m  05:08  x6
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9MondaySEPTEMBER

Autour de Rosan

 109 km  1543 m  05:26  x6
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8SundaySEPTEMBER

Morning Ride

 61 km  340 m  02:30  x10
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A good turnout for the B team. A beautiful sunny morning but the low temperatures meant an interesting variety of clothing at the depart. We made good progress across the flatlands and collected John T between Steventon and Drayton. [You know what these teachers are like – can’t get up in the mornings.] We managed to pick our way through the Didcot peripheral villages without incident, arriving at Chilton Garden Centre just as a group from Mid-Oxon CC were leaving. We took over their outside seats for a spell of sunbathing. Family Talbot joined us midway through a Ridgeway walk. We dropped John T at Rowstock and barrelled down the 417 to West Hendred where we took to the lanes again for the loop through Ginge and home.
8SundaySEPTEMBER

Gorges de Meouge

 102 km  1047 m  04:30  x5
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6FridaySEPTEMBER

Troyes

 59 km  268 m  02:26  x3
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1SundaySEPTEMBER

All-day Ride - Windrush

 113 km  703 m  04:38  x7  x3
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Full club kit turnout today - all Corallian riders were in club kit. And then Nick Dunton turned up in his Roberts kit - but it was only a passing social visit to collect some cash. Colin and Simon from Beacon Road Cycling Club were resplendent in their Italianate colours - nice to see them again!

There was a headwind as we headed westwards, but nothing to worry the group. The sun shone, and the hill at Fernham generated some warmth. A quick deviation before Lechlade at St John's Lock gave us the opportunity to inspect Old Father Thames' statue and the Lilliputian houses.

Nick managed to "pick up" a German lady, who talked non-stop at/to him for a good while, clearly still very fit after completing PBP the previous week.

Just before Windrush, John had a puncture which was sorted out very quickly, much to the plaudits from our visitors. On the way quickly a few new roads took us to lunch at Alvescot. Or should I say "most of us" as Phil and Richard had overshot, and we had to use technology to track them down and guide them in, from the comfort of the dining table.

Lunch was leisurely, and didn't disappoint. Even Pete was happy with his Sunday Roast.

Upon setting off, there were a few spots of rain in the air, prompting the donning of waterproofs for those that had packed them. No great fuss for the remainder of the ride - a few new roads by Kelmscot, and we climbed back up the Corallian to Littleworth - quite a quick ride overall, but relatively flat.

28WednesdayAUGUST

Wednesday Evening Ride

 32 km  200 m  01:20  x7
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Weather forecasts had been ominous earlier in the day but seven were more than ready for the reduced risk of rain. There was never any risk of sun!

We set off Eastwards on the A417 with a gentle breeze on our backs. The bridle track to Lockinge was a bit of a gravelly surprise for some and the potholes of Ginge were treated with appropriate caution.

A dangerous driver came to close to taking the ride leader out while overtaking the peleton on Featherbed Lane but fortunately the oncoming driver was alert to the danger and performed an emergency stop.

We enjoyed the swoop down to Steventon before the steady headwind to Hanney. With darkening clouds we eschewed the Charney Basset loop and made it safely back to Wantage at 20:00 - sunset.

We were joined by Chris Walters in the pub for pleasant reflections on our rides together on what was the last of this year's summer evening rides.
25SundayAUGUST

Welcome Ride

 49 km  593 m  02:02  x7  x2
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Hot, hot, hot! It's been a while since there was such a glorious Bank Holiday weekend.

Slightly depleted numbers today, but we had a stark reminder that the spring line road to Ashbury is tougher than the return journey. Steve peeled off at the end of the rollercoaster to get back in time for the cricket, which must have been a rollercoaster journey itself to watch in real time - it was tough enough on the highlights.

Hatchet Hill was dispatched without fuss, and then the long slog up to Baydon strung the group out somehwat, before the delightful drop into Lambourn, where we luxuriated in the deep leather sofas of Goodies cafe, quaffing the excellent coffee. Dropping Jenny and Terry off at the crossraods for their ride back home, it just left the climb up the downs with a helpful tailwind and then the plummet back down Hackpen.