Sociable leisure rides for enthusiastic cyclists

Ride Reports


Isle of Wight

 108 km  1529 m  04:56  x10
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Rather cool and overcast as we arrived at Lymington for the ferry but the Sun came out as we landed in Yarmouth and it was a sunny and warm day thereafter.

We climbed up to the Needles for the views and then rolled around the Isle on the smooth tarmac without incident. The traffic seemed quieter than usual on the busier stretches as well. We took our usual stops at Godshill and Bembridge.

We feared a headwind on the way back but it never really materialised to any great degree. Some of the riders were keen to get back for the 17:20 ferry when we were on the floating bridge in Cowes which I mistakenly took as a consensus not to stop for ice creams. In the end we split at Gurnard so some could go a bit faster as it was going to take an hour at our usual pace to get back to Yarmouth which would be touch and go for the ferry.

The rest of us took our time and took exactly an hour to cover the distance and were still in time for the 17:20 ferry!! In hindsight we should probably have split at the ice cream stop in Cowes so sorry for those that missed out on an extra stop (doh)

Louis and I had an extra hour wait though as our families were enjoying themselves so much on the Isle that they were still on a bus getting back to Yarmouth. So we enjoyed an ice cream on the pier and a catch up with the non-rider's adventures and caught the 18:20 ferry.

A good day, good group and good weather. Another enjoyable ride on the Isle of Wight (sun)


Wednesday Evening Ride

 51 km  523 m  02:06  x8  x4
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The weather threatened rain and there were a few spots early on in the ride but it brightened up and there were some blue skies towards the end.

A fairly spirited ride tonight on a fairly lumpy route. Nick needed to get back to Wantage so left us at Ashbury, the rest of us finished the hill and enjoyed the long fast run down to Lambourn. Sheepdrove is beautiful at the moment, with verges thick with wildflowers, much nicer than the main road.

After the Letcombes there was a spirited sprint through Wantage followed by a pint in the KAH for a few of us. Good ride with great company :)


Social Evening - Curryalian

Guest appearances from the Talbot clan, a welcome back to Richard and a warm welcome to Nicola.

Lovely evening of natter, banter, tall stories and conviviality - thanks everyone for coming along and contributing!

Morning Ride - Inkpen

 73 km  915 m  03:12  x5  x5
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Not many out today, maybe put off by the fine drizzle that greeted us?

Anyhow, we coincided witjh the the Wantage to Winchester ride for our outward journey - I'm sure they stole our route! So WMP was rammed with riders and men in finery (major and town crier) and we had company at many places.

By Lambourn the drizzle had fizzled out, and there was the odd bit of sunshine too. Lawrence left us at Hungerford to continue on down to Pewsey so we plodded up to the foot of the main event, with John G opting to save his knee and take a shortcut to an early coffee.

Combe Gibbet was as tough as ever, and this side (the 100 Best Climbs side) doesn't have the views until you get near to the top, by which time you don't really appreciate the views fully.... Summit done, it was descent time to rejoin John and take in a coffee.

We agreed to vary the route back, as my ride last weekend went up the A338... so we went up Hangman's Stone Lane and did the Tour de Chaddleworth before plummeting down Chain Hill back to Wantage. Lovely morning out on the bike!


Wednesday Evening Ride

 52 km  355 m  02:12  x11  x10
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Another warm, windless evening and another big group! Good to see Libby back for her second ride and a warm welcome to Lawrence on his first ride with Corallian - he'd already done 60-odd miles earlier in the day!

Kingston Lisle Hill seemed longer than I remembered and the climb from Uffington up Dragon Hill provides a significant climb of 144 m, much of it at > 10%. Not surprisingly, without climbing gears, Lawrence gave the main climb a miss but everyone else got to the top to enjoy the fine views North over the vale.

After safely negotiating the gravelly descent the second half of the ride was a much flatter affair and much energy was expended chatting, which naturally extended to a post-ride drink at KAH.

Thank you to everyone for a very sociable ride (and also to Chris for helping with the report and taking some rather fine photos).

All-day Ride - Tutts Clump

 119 km  1374 m  05:10  x6  x1
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Loads of firsts on this ride - Dave and Louis were there in good time, and there were no Johns or Jons on the ride. We picked up Jarv at Rowstock, and scaled the gates to cross from Chilton to the bottom of Bury Down - the track wasn't in bad shape at all.

Zig-zagging our way over to Yattendon, we stopped at the village shop for coffee and free Belgian strawberries, courtesy of Eugene - what a nice chap!

The next phase of the ride was still up and down through to Tutts Clump, and then we took a very relaxed lunch in a very quiet Bucklebury Farm Park - also an Honesty Cafe.

Straight up after lunch, we wended our way through the north of Newbury and then up Snake Lane across to Hampstead Marshall, then eventually Kintbury.

All that remained was a brief ice-cream stop in Great Shefford before tired legs propelled the group at varying speeds up to the Ridgeway.

A very enjoyable but tough ride, made all the easier by really considerate riding by all - nice one!


Wednesday Evening Ride

 51 km  251 m  02:01  x10
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Ten members plus a warm welcome to Libby on her first ride with the club.

A perfect evening for a ride, warm, blue skies, no wind. Beautiful conditions that led to a fairly brisk pace throughout.

Everyone enjoyed the road from Faringdon to Clanfield via Radcot, a road we don't do often enough.

Plenty of chat during the ride topped off with a pint in the beer garden at the KAH at the end plus a guest appearance by Mrs Walters :)


Fifth Sunday Ride - Waddesdon

 112 km  1195 m  04:52  x4  x4
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A ride of three thirds. The first third was in the Chilterns with five climbs and descents and beautiful scenery. None of the climbs was bonkers hard and nobody had any problems with them. This third ended with a break at Hildreth Garden Centre in Prestwood.

The second third took us north via Stone to Eythrope Park and Waddeson Manor, very pleasant cycling on the private gated roads with no traffic. A short ride from Waddesdon got us to Quainton where the pub has an outdoor café where we had lunch.

The final third was the least pleasant. After climbing back up to Waddesdon we had busier roads and a nasty headwind to Thame and from there the wind and lumpy roads made it quite a tough finale to the ride.

But we did end with ice creams at Benson Waterfront so the pain of the final 15km was soon forgotten :)


Wednesday Evening Ride

 45 km  194 m  01:54  x10  x1
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Great turn out of 11 riders including new member Sam Broadbank. Everyone was surprised how cold it was and some found more layers to put on. Made good progress through the Letcombes to Childrey and on to Stanford via Goosey where we discovered a strong headwind, David and Nick did some good work on the front up to Pusey. Once we turned eastwards to Appleton and Kingston Bagpuize then there plenty of volunteers to lead, just as well as my chain decided to come off just as we were leaving KB so the peleton had to wait for me to catch up at Fyfield. No more mechanicals meant that we were back in Wantage by 20:30 leaving plenty of time for refreshments at KAH.

Thanks to all for a good ride and pleasant company.


Welcome Ride to Snelsmore Common

 62 km  607 m  02:28  x7  x2
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A very social and incident free ride in lovely conditions.
We checked out the new cafe at Snelsmore Common. The cakes and coffee were both excellent, if somewhat slowly served. Bacon & sausage butties were on the menu but, given how long it took to get a coffee, none of us dared to risk it. We sat outside in the sunshine in front of the cafe where there are several chairs with more available at nearby picnic tables. Inside the seating is more limited with about 10 places.