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  • Sun 17 September, 2017

    Sunday ride to Aston and Uffington

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    A mostly flat ride south west of Oxford with a chance to see the Uffington White Horse at lunch.

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  • Sun 10 September, 2017

    Sunday away-day ride to Lambourn and Chieveley

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    With only 2 booked for lunch, it looked like it was going to be a small ride. The day started with a lesson in updating your car satnav. The car park post code directed the satnav to what we thought was going to be the wrong car park in Wantage, but our fears were allayed when it guided us just outside Wantage to a road junction, where we were told we had arrived at our destination. With some human intervention we arrived at what must have been the correct car park as the other 3 riders were there.
    It was quite chilly, OK for shorts but jackets were on. A pretty route via Letcombe Regis and Blowingstone Hill gave us a good run down to Lambourn for coffee. A few cakes were available (the delivery was late), but pancakes being on the menu remedied the situation.
    A pleasant run down the Lambourn valley (though the river was dry for most of it) saw the start of light rain, so waterproofs were on. A climb got us to Chievely for a good lunch. The view in the pub gents toilets was of a few of the pub’s poor online reviews, framed and mounted on the wall (one was a moan about the small print on the pub’s “Dogs Welcome” sign – on lead, no barking – which the owners of the unleashed barking dog had not spotted on the way in).
    After lunch, we meandered our way on quiet almost traffic free lanes in light rain before joining the B 4494 back to Wantage.

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  • Sat 9 September, 2017

    Tour of Britain ride 9 September 2017

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    A chance to see the Tour of Britain go by and enjoy the celebrations in Charlbury

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  • Sun 3 September, 2017

    Sunday ride to Bicester and Thame

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    The forecast was mixed to say the least and still 17 joined us for coffee in Bicester – like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, we’d picked up a few along the way. Those heading back to Oxford after coffee shared the joys of roughly surfaced bridleways but not the hills to come for those heading for lunch in Thame via Brill. Pies at lunch were a warm welcome, as was the short ride back to Oxford and the relative lightness of the rain on the journey home.

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  • Sun 27 August, 2017

    Sunday ride to Lower Heyford and Charlbury

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    One of the hottest days of the summer it seemed – ideal for coffee at Kizzies, where we were entertained by passing barges and a black swan. And enjoyed perhaps the most expensive tea in the County (but, to be fair, there were 2 tea bags and the service was exceptional). The lanes to lunch, around Chadlington and Gagingwell are among the best our County has to offer.

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  • Sun 20 August, 2017

    Sunday ride to Thame and Chearsley

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    Nice and easy riding until coffee. Then some hills: Brill from the south east is the easiest of the Brill climbs, while Ashendon from the north west is by far the hardest. Some were tempted to take a short cut home from Worminghall, but that would have meant missing out on the climb to Beckley and the fast descent from Elsfield.

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  • Sun 13 August, 2017

    Sunday away-day ride to Wendover and Little Kingshill

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    1047m of ascent is not a huge amount, but squashed into just 62k it makes for a tough day. The 20% section on the final climb of Whiteleaf Hill (aka Peters Lane) was hard work, coming after so many climbs of 12-19%. The narrow lanes afforded good practice at bike-handling skills: the gap between treacherous gravel in the middle and venomous nettles on the left was often no more than a few inches. On a brisk descent, the nettles were probably preferable to the gravel.

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  • Tue 8 August, 2017

    Evening ride on 8 August 2017

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    Despite the forecast, the rain more or less held off and we were back, tolerably dry, before 8:30.

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  • Sun 6 August, 2017

    Sunday ride to Aston and Burford

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    The leader changed the route to come into Filkins from the south east, via Clanfield. (The gpx file has been updated, but the map still shows the original route). The journey back from Little Barrington to North Leigh along the Windrush valley uses some of the best cycling lanes in the County. Highly recommended.

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  • Sun 30 July, 2017

    Sunday ride to Thrupp and Lower Heyford

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    The lanes in the north of the County are always delightful and we still manage to find the occasional new one. The few drops of rain before lunch made us fear the worst for the rest of the journey home. But we were fortunate: the threatened downpour and lightning held off until we had almost reached Oxford.

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  • Sun 23 July, 2017

    Sunday ride to Turville Heath and Crowell

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    The climb from Watlington up to Christmas Common was just the start, with plenty more hills to come.  There were 15 for coffee and cakes at the “No Car Café” at Turville Heath barn – a first visit for the club, but certainly not the last. 30km and 500 metres of ascent later there were 9 for lunch in Crowell. Highlights along the way included the Hell-Fire Caves at West Wycombe and the steam train departing at Chinnor. An earlier “highlight” was an encounter with a British Cycling road race when we Cycling UK tourists were unceremoniously cleared out of the way by the motorbike escort. The “highlight” came a few kilometres later when we overtook the unfortunate racers who had piled into one another – as is their wont. All of which brought to mind Aesop’s fable number 226: The Tortoise and the Hare.

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  • Sun 16 July, 2017

    Sunday ride to Bicester and North Marston

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    Most of us were happy with 100km, but our leader added 30k more to the start and another 30k to get back home, in order to make up for having missed the Wantage 100 miles in June.

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