Sociable leisure rides for enthusiastic cyclists

Ride Reports


Winter Evening Ride

 48 km  184 m  01:58  x5
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A good finish to the Winter Wednesday season with 5 riders setting a good pace on a long-ish route. Plenty of natter and banter too!


Curryallian Evening

Lovely evening tonight - thanks gents! Diverse conversation again: dentistry, drugs in sport, the wind, Audaxes, camping (Lyn wins the "Princess and the Pea" award) and other things that "you had to be there" for.

New Forest Tour

 82 km  560 m  03:29  x4  x5
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Great to see Ruth out on her trial ride - hope Jez drags you out again!

Although it was forecast to be very windy, we hid quite well for the first section, stopping at Beaulieu for coffee. Obviously, we had to go through the whole "cyclists can't use the window seat because they might be dirty" charade, which is mildly amusing if you've been there before.

Straight after coffee, it was up the hill and into the wind, through the almost Autmnal ornamental drives at Rhinefield and Bolderwood and into the heavy and gusting headwinds on the plains, before arriving early at the Red Shoot for lunch. Good job we booked as there was a running race finishing there, and all the tables were reserved.

After lunch was a rather easier affair, with the Roger Penny Way climb being delightfully wind assisted, and with a bit of lead sharing, many Strava PBs were annihilated!

Wildlife count was high - ponies, horses, donkeys, cows came readily, but the pigs were elusive until almost the end... full house!

A picnic in the sunshine at the end was a fitting end - thanks for the Bakewell, Jez!


Winter Evening Ride

 48 km  221 m  02:01  x4
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Glorious evening for a ride. Although the air was cool, we stayed warm by keeping the pace strong all ride, and managed plenty of socialising as we rode. Well done guys!


Andover from Great Shefford

 108 km  1156 m  04:49  x4  x2
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It was quite cool when we set off. Kintbury crossing provided the first break of the day, but soon we were on the interminable climb into the mist and up Walbury Hill - tough climb!

Good descents and further climbs followed, until we made it into the valley of the dry tributaries of the Test, where the pace rose nicely in the flatlands under Andover. For about 30 minutes before lunch, the sun graced us with her presence, and stayed with us for the rest of the ride. Lunch at the craft centre cafe at Weyhill, was a rather splendid affair, although, no all-day breakfasts were on offer.

After lunch we undulated like anything, stopping or the first ice cream of the season at Great Bedwyn, and then further undulated our way back across the ridges at Poughley and the Goodings. Nick commented that the ride "kept giving" - it was remorseless!

Another splendid midweek outing... roll on the next one.


Stanton and Stanford

 66 km  239 m  02:41  x7  x1
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A good turn out considering the grey and wet conditions that greeted the riders at the start (rain)

An uneventful and drizzly run out to Stanton Harcourt with a slight diversion at Southmoor to take the little used track to Hinton Waldrist (a little muddy in places, oops, sorry!).

The lane to Yelford was pretty mucky too and we used another little used lane into the back of Bampton where we met another group of cyclists going the same way. Friendly pleasantries were exchanged :)

The breakfast at the garden centre was very welcome as the rain had got a little heavier by this point. However when we restarted it had stopped and was starting to brighten up a bit. By the time we got to Stanford-in-the-Vale the Sun was threatening to shine too (sun)

A nice run round the back of the A-road via Park Lane and the "great views" from the top of Circourt bridge took us back to Challow and that just left the climb back to Wantage.

Thanks for joining me on a very chilled morning ride and well done all on what was quite a pacy ride (clap)


Winter Evening Ride

 38 km  165 m  01:35  x3
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A good weather forecast brought three riders together for the ride tonight and a very warm welcome to Jon Page on his first ride with Corallian CC.

We set off from Wantage along the very busy A417 and headed toward Harwell. As soon as we set off weather conditions encouraged a brisk pace and we made it to Didcot in very good time. Once out of the town, Jon took the helm and we increased the pace some more and maintained a solid ride between the three of us along the route, only stopping for a very brief call of nature before pressing briskly back to Wantage.

A faster ride than advertised, but we were all happy to go faster and work harder. Normally Winter Night rides are a relaxed blue pace. Tonight we were OK going into the red :)

Tonight's ride heralded the 10,000th kilometer ridden by the club.


Midweek to Alvescot

 91 km  490 m  03:55  x3  x1
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A day out for the midweek skivers... starting with drizzly miserableness. With the headwind too, the Icknield Way road along the Spring Line was particularly hard work, made harder by not turning off as per the plan.... that's what happens when the leader is the only one knowing the route, and has the rest of the ride "off the front"...

Anyhow, second diversion of the day was when we decided not to continue along the planned route at Whelford, because it was too mucky. Good call! A quick stop near Little Faringdon to fix a puncture caused by the biggest flint ever seen in a bike tyre.

Lunch at The Plough in Alvescot was fantastic - well worth another visit as the food was excellent and the welcome was most warm and not just from the wood-burner.

The return journey was totally uneventful and better than anticipated due to the tailwind and the rain not materialising as per the forecast. Hooray!


Welcome Ride - Abingdon

 51 km  227 m  02:13  x7
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A good turn-out given the somewhat inclement weather. Welcome to Ben Cartwright on his first Corallian outing. It was pretty uneventful to the coffee stop at R&R in Abingdon. Ben left us there to get some extra miles in. Return journey was more challenging, with a strong headwind for much of the time that strung-out the group. We decided to miss the Ginge loop to avoid Doris-derived debris. Back in Wantage just before noon.

Pub Night

The regular Wednesday evening ride was cancelled due to poor weather but six "riders" gathered in the Greyhound in Letcombe Regis for a pint and a natter.

Good to see Mike recovered from his lengthy lay off due to illness and hopefully back on a bike soon!

Test Valley

 90 km  982 m  04:10  x5  x10
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A cool and cloudy day but dry throughout. Five riders set off south from Tadley, welcome to Richard on his first Corallian ride and Phil on his first ride since the autumn.

The toughest hills were early in the ride, a couple of very steep sections soon "warmed" us up! We then joined the River Test from Whitchurch which was then within sight for most of the way to Stockbridge.

A Corallian breakfast at Lillies in Stockbridge was polished off (can highly recommend the Stockbridge Sausage) and then it was a flattish ride back to Tadley. A couple of lumps towards the end.

Nearly the whole ride was accomplished on quiet lanes with no incidents to report other than a bizarre incident with a driver who didn't seem to be sure what country she was driving in and decided to play chicken with us whilst pointing for us to pass both sides of her, Phil unfortunately ending up falling in the verge trying to avoid a collison in the confusion :(

Thanks for coming along, a very chilled and enjoyable ride :)


Winter Evening Ride

 43 km  153 m  01:59  x2
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Weather conditions were ideal for a very pleasant bike ride tonight. Just the two of us clocking up the miles and enjoying a good old chat. What cycling is all about :)