Sociable leisure rides for enthusiastic cyclists

Ride Reports


Chipping Norton

 110 km  809 m  04:57  x2  x4
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Just two hardy souls today on a ride of two halves. The ride to Chippy, and the ride back.

The first half started in beautiful style - clear blue skies, and the threatened wind wasn't apparent. The last 45 minutes of uphill drag into Chippy was a different game, plenty of head-on Northerly and icy wind, and the sun had all but gone. Brutal. A fry-up was the only way to make life good again.

Contrast to the return journey of rolling hills, the wind on our backs, and some sunshine was altogether more pleasant. WE did keep an eye on the skies for the light showers promised for 3pm, which were bang on time. Fortunately, bikes were stowed by this point and there was a rather smug feeling for having outrun the weather.


Winter Evening Ride

 50 km  119 m  02:07  x5
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A very warm welcome to all on the first Winter Wednesday ride and to Tony Clark for joining us on his first Corallian ride.

A very cold but fairly clear and calm evening as we set off from Wantage down the A417 and met up with Hugo at the kebab van.

Once we got onto quieter roads we rode in a nice tight sociable group, still maintaining a good pace for a blue ride. Riding 2 abreast in a group is safer, more sociable and more efficient. Breaking into single file when required for cars to pass etc.

The ride went very smoothly with no problems whatsoever apart from Des dropping a light on the way to Charney.

Parting company with some riders as we got closer to home we all made it back safely and enjoyably.

See you all next week.


Winchester Wander

 71 km  985 m  03:22  x4  x10
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A misty morning in Hampshire but no visibility issues throughout the ride.

We took the sneaky route out of Winchester via Winnall and onto small quiet lanes. The autumn colours were fantastic and there were several beautiful lanes through the Beech woods and lined with golden rusty trees. Several times we were riding alongside small chalk streams.

We took a coffee break at West Meon, very busy with cyclists so there was a small delay in service but not too bad.

After the break we had the lumpy section including Beacon Hill which was a narrow, well surfaced lane on a steady gradient. Quite long but a pleasant climb.

Phil suffered the first Corallian puncture shortly afterwards which was swiftly dealt with.

We took the lovely traffic free route via Hockley Viaduct back into Winchester where we dumped the bikes back in the cars and grabbed lunch nearby.

A fantastic autumnal ride :)


Committee Meeting

Really good to take stock of what we've achieved so far and to brainstorm for our marketing launch in the Spring. In the meantime, if you have any friends who would enjoy Corallian rides, please invite them along!

Shakedown Night Ride

 42 km  150 m  01:49  x3
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Great to see Rich out on his first Corallian ride and also riding out from and back to Wantage!

It worked out quite well starting from Uffington, especially when there's a pub very close for afterwards... anyhow, it was a lovely evening to ride in the dark - very little traffic, not too cold, and not much wind either. Looking forward to starting the winter night season next week.


Welcome Ride - Bampton

 52 km  144 m  02:16  x13  x4
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A fantastic turnout to the first Corallian CC Welcome Ride.

A very warm welcome to all who braved this chilly autumn morning especially new riders Barry Gills, Hugo Pile, Olivia Pile, Mike Holmes and Barry Stanton.

13 of us left Wantage Market place and kept a good "Blue" pace and a nice tight group as we made our way north to Aston.
The group encountered some comical "You Should be riding single file!" instructions from a passing vehicle at one stage, but we all rode on chuckling to ourselves.

As predicted we arrived early at Aston Pottery and opted to go on to Bampton Garden Centre instead, saving time waiting for Aston Pottery to open.
The tea stop at Bampton Garden Centre was perfect with lots of coffee and large portions of cake for many. A regular stop in the future possibly?

Once refreshed we climbed Buckland Hill without too much effort and made our way back to Wantage via Charney, Denchworth and Grove as the morning turned into quite a pleasantly warm day and a very pleasant ride.

Thanks to all who came and see you all again on a Corallian ride soon

New Forest Tour

 81 km  548 m  03:44  x3  x4
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After a last minute flurry of email and phone calls, it was clear that Sunday's weather forecast was putting riders off, so we changed to Saturday, for those who could make it.

The New Forest was nice and quiet, roads rather slippy, but it was a very pleasant ride in the sunshine (again!)

Good coffee stop in Beaulieu, and lunch at the Red Shoot Inn provided sustenance and warmth. Adrian's chain entrapment provided the entertainment.



 68 km  812 m  03:08  x5  x3
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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!


Inaugural Ride

 71 km  395 m  02:59  x10  x3
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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!!


Committee Meeting

A really good meeting where we finalised launch plans and pressed the "go" button - Corallian is open for members to sign up!