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  • Sun 24 June, 2018

    Isle of Wight tour

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    A return to the Isle of Wight, Sunday 24 June Never too early to get these dates into your diary. Last summer we drove down, did the tour and rode back on the Sunday. This year we are planning an “IoW Plus” event. Here are the basic details. Email the leader to let him know your preference jon.adsett@yahoo.co.uk. Ferry leaves Lymington 9:15. Return from Yarmouth on the 5:20pm or 6:20pm ferry. Bike free, book at https://book.wightlink.co.uk/book/journey/traveldetails/ Option1 – ride down on Friday…

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  • Sat 23 June, 2018

    Lymington-Linwood-Lymington

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    11am start to give time to drive down and get settled. We will meet on Bridge Road. If you’re staying overnight, your B&B will probably let you park. We have avoided the off-road tracks, but we can’t avoid the odd sections of main road. For some of the way, we follow the famous Gridiron route. Lunch is at the popular Red Shoot Inn, so make sure you book early!

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  • Sun 17 June, 2018

    Sunday ride to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Watlington

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    The hills were as promised, with most of the ascent coming in the relatively short distance between coffee and lunch. But the hills were temporarily forgiven as we revelled in the long fast descent into Watllington where lunch awaited. The lanes around Maidensgrove and Russell’s Water are some of the finest in the county.

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  • Sun 10 June, 2018

    Sunday ride to Bampton and Longcot

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    Nice easy ride out to Bampton for coffee and on to Lechlade. Then a couple of hills around Coleshill (clue in name). A pause to admire the tithe barn at Coxswell and to Longcot for lunch before return from Uffington.

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  • Sun 3 June, 2018

    Sunday ride to Witney and Burford

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    Can be difficult to find space to park 25 bikes at the coffee stop. Our solution was to appoint a couple of bike guards (see photo).

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  • Sun 27 May, 2018

    Sunday ride to Abingdon and Chalgrove

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    Despite Met office Yellow Warnings on Sunday, and promises of thunderstorms and torrential rain sweeping across our County, we encountered hardly a drop of rain. But there were no complaints as we emerged from lunch into blazing sunlight, apart from comments that it felt rather “muggy”. So much for the weather; now for the technical stuff. A recently attached pedal turned out to have been cross-threaded and worked loose after an hour or so. No one had a helicoil kit handy so a one-legged workout back home was the only option.

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  • Sun 20 May, 2018

    Sunday ride to Ramsden and Duns Tew

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    One leader to coffee, another to lunch and a third to lead back home. Teamwork à la OxfordCycling.UK. Delightful route, perfect weather. The flies turned out to be more challenging than the hills – they hit your face like hailstones, and if you forgot to keep your mouth closed….The advice is to swallow whole rather than than chew, and then quickly wash down with plenty of water. Today was also Bike Oxford day and we met dozens of them – but why pay £32 when you can ride the same routes with us for free?

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  • Sun 13 May, 2018

    Sunday away-day ride to Moreton in Marsh and Kineton

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    Definitely worth the effort, driving out to start in the heart of the Cotswolds. We were able to offer 4 lifts and 2 more came by train, conveniently arriving in Moreton-in-Marsh at 9:54. Beautiful day, beautiful views, a 15 minute pause to rescue riders who went ahead off route, followed by a dramatic ford crossing (see photo). Only 1 steep climb (14%) but several long drags of 8% which we are not used to the Oxford area, but which are followed by fabulous equally long descents.

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  • Sun 6 May, 2018

    Sunday ride to Thame and Quainton

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    We were pleased to see 22 riders out today. Splitting into 2 groups with 2 leaders and 2 sweepers now seems to be standard for our club. Too hot to eat outside, so 13 huddled together inside the George and Dragon in Quainton. On the way home, there was an opportunity to skip the climb to Brill, but everyone opted to give it a go and join in the photo at the top. But where was the ice cream van?

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  • Sun 29 April, 2018

    Sunday ride to Waterperry and Bledlow

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    Today – 7 degrees, feeling like 3 with a few spots of rain. Last Sunday –  temperatures into the mid twenties under a flawless blue sky. No wonder we talk so much about the weather! The Phoenix Trail (Sustrans National Cycle Network 57) takes us quickly and conveniently into the Chilterns – it was actually one of our ex-members who helped open up this trail to cyclists and walkers in 2002 after the rail line closed in the 1990s.

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  • Sun 22 April, 2018

    Sunday ride to Stratton Audley and North Marston

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    Big turnout for this, the first truly summer ride. White legs dazzled beneath a blue sky as we welcomed back some old friends – and remembered their names 🙂

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  • Sun 15 April, 2018

    Sunday away-day ride to Wantage and Hungerford

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    Garmin said 950m of ascent. That’s plenty over just 73k and the final descent was welcomed by well exercised legs. The persistent drizzle and light rain did little to spoil the pleasure of our visit to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but we lost some of it in the mist. So perhaps another visit when the skies are bluer?

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