Ten Corallians set off from King Alfred bang on 9.45am (there were at least five more present who chose to ride in other groups). Conditions were pretty pleasant and the pace nice and relaxed after the slightly hectic A417 section.
I think we all enjoyed the climb up White Horse Hill from the very bottom although I had to do the top section with a soft rear tyre after picking up a flint puncture on the way up. A burst of air got me to the car park!
We were the first big group to arrive so we had the beautiful hand made Mince Pies from the Saddleback Cafe washed down with mulled wine. As other groups started to arrive the heavens opened, thankfully the worst arrived after I had finished mending my puncture. We were lucky as we could shelter under the trees as other bedraggled riders arrived.
After a natter with the other groups and waiting for the rain the clear we gained Lyn, who had ridden from home to the hill, for the remainder of the ride which was in glorious sunshine (nice blue sky rainbow too). A nice tailwind meant we kept a decent pace and had a very sociable ride back to Wantage. Several of us chose to take coffee in Costa whilst others headed home.
A very pleasant morning's outing