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10SundayJULY

Morning Ride

9:00am at Wantage Market Place
½

A morning ride starting from Wantage. The ride will be Blue or Red grade and may include a refreshment stop en route or at the end of the ride. Expect to be back around 13:00.

9:21 pm   
12TuesdayJULY

Tuesday Ride

Rachel Bennett
10:00am at Wantage Market Place
½
Ride Category

Summer Tuesday – A Blue or Red grade social ride for five hours (70-90km) starting from Wantage and returning by 15:00. Will usually include a refreshment stop during the ride

9:19 pm   
13WednesdayJULY

Wednesday Evening Ride

6:30pm at Wantage Market Place
Ride Category

Summer Wednesday – Weekly evening ride from Wantage at Blue grade, which will complete before sunset. We will have a variety of paces and terrains across the summer season.

9:19 pm   
17SundayJULY

Away Ride

9:00am at TBD

An all-day ride starting away from Wantage, so you'll need to either ride or drive out to the start point. The ride will be Blue or Red grade and include lunch and maybe other refreshment stops. The ride should finish by 17:00 (or 30 minutes before sunset during winter months).

9:15 pm   
19TuesdayJULY

Tuesday Morning Ride

Nick Stokell - 07582 483315
10:00am at Wantage Market Place
½
Ride Category

Tuesday Morning – A morning Blue grade social ride for three hours (50-60km) starting from Wantage and returning by 13:00. May include a refreshment stop during or after the ride.

9:12 pm   
20WednesdayJULY

Wednesday Evening Ride

Rachel Bennett
6:30pm at Wantage Market Place
Ride Category

Summer Wednesday – Weekly evening ride from Wantage at Blue grade, which will complete before sunset. We will have a variety of paces and terrains across the summer season.

9:11 pm   
24SundayJULY

Welcome Ride

9:00am at Wantage Market Place
½
Ride Category

A morning ride starting from Wantage especially aimed at welcoming new riders to the club. The ride will be Blue grade and may include a refreshment stop en route or at the end of the ride. Expect to be back around 12:00.

9:06 pm   
24SundayJULY

Club Holiday 2022

Chris Walters - 07901 827132
9:00am at Uzes, Provence, France
Ride Category

France today announced that the UK goes on their Green travel list for COVID, meaning that:
* Fully vaccinated with proof of last jab less then 9 months ago can enter
* Not fully vaccinated can enter with a formal PCR (72 hours) or LFT (48 hours) prior to travel

Some more details here

This means that we are able to run the club holiday as tentatively outlined at the AGM!

The location is Uzes, in Provence, France and the riding dates are Sunday 24th - Friday 29th July inclusive, 6 days.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you're interested, as getting accommodation will get more challenging as time goes by. I have created a WhatsApp group for those interested and will add interested members immediately.

From a logistics perspective:
* arrange yourselves into travel and accommodation groups via the WhatsApp group
* make refundable / flexible bookings as the COVID situation can easily change
* the best way to travel based on experience is Eurotunnel and the motorways - it's not easy to get there in a day (time zones are not helpful) and you need to bear this in mind when making arrangement for accommodation (often rentals / gites have key collection around 16:00)
* you will need to sort out your own insurances, medical cards (e.g. GHIC) and don't forget the longer expiry time on passports too.
* we've found in the past that 2 (or 3 if you can put bikes on a rack) in a car works well, sharing driving and costs

OK - now the riding:
* It's hot, so we will not be racing anywhere
* You'll need to be fit enough to do hilly red rides each day - climbs are more likely to be long than steep, and longer than you'll normally encounter on our patch in the UK
* We'll have time for coffee, lunch, beer, shade and sightseeing stops along the way
* Have a look at the following reports to get a feel for what we've done in the past:
- here
- here
- here
- here
- here
- here
- here

Let me know if you have any questions!
Chris

9:06 pm   
25MondayJULY

Alternative Holiday Ride #1 - Huffkins

Louis Hall - 07767 220534
10:00am at Wantage Market Place
½
Ride Category

A longish but gentle ride with a purpose: Huffkins Bakery in Burford.

Through the Vale, over the Thames at Tadpole Bridge and past Crocodiles of the World to the delightful Windrush valley. Back through Alvescot, over the Thames at Radcot and on through Stanford.

9:04 pm   
26TuesdayJULY

Alternative Holiday Ride #2 - Ashbury

Rachel Bennett
10:00am at Wantage Market Place
½
Ride Category

Summer Tuesday – A Blue or Red grade social ride for five hours (70-90km) starting from Wantage and returning by 15:00. Will usually include a refreshment stop during the ride

Out to Ashbury via Shrivenham, stopping at the Ashbury Tea Room. The climb up to the Ridgeway is well worth the effort for the long, scenic descent that follows.

9:03 pm   
27WednesdayJULY

Wednesday Evening Ride

Nick Dunton - 07774 838310
6:30pm at Wantage Market Place
Ride Category

Summer Wednesday – Weekly evening ride from Wantage at Blue grade, which will complete before sunset. We will have a variety of paces and terrains across the summer season.

9:01 pm