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Cycling on the Ridge is fun.... though tiring, as it's not flat ( as in smooth ) Try to avoid leaving your vehicle in an official ridgeway car park as it screams " this car will be unattended for the next few hours... "
There are a few nice hills to play with, and some sections are narrow footpath near Goring, so you'll have to walk those bits ( detour via the shops/pub if you so wish ) There's a great bit of technical single track down ( from the Ridge ) to the Village/Hamlet of Ginge, then 100mtrs of road, and back up a bit of singletrack to make it a challenge.
Do try + visit the Court Hill centre, they have great cakes + hot drinks though check opening times first. they also have somewhere to water your horse.... or park a cycle for an hour or 2.And beds if taking longer.
Make sure your brakes work well,( eg really stop you, no point having "squeeze+hope", you can get up to 40mph in places......) fit good, fat, grippy knobbly tyres. Plenty of drink, as it can be a tad exposed in the sun+wind , basic tools+spares, and have a ball up there.
I can't make it, though I know a few who have run the whole length....
wiggrun wrote (see)
Village/Hamlet of Ginge,
Is that in Milton Keynes?
Think wiggrun has just given us a great plan cos it involves cake!
Although me getting up to 40mph on a mtb isn't going to happen I can assure you.
OK .. plan so far
Meet at Cowleaze Woods car park which is just off Junc 6 of the M40We can then cycle along The Ridgeway or The Icknield Way (whichever favours cyclists) and go to Wallingford or Goring as time allows for a spot of lunch by the river and come back up to the car parkCowleaze Carpark directionsalternative directions!Looks a bit tricky to find by all accounts but if you look south of Junc 6 on a map there is also a car park at Aston Rowant nature reserve so as long as we are all there or thereabouts it should work !
Jj wrote (see)
I giggled at the service stations in Germany that wished us a Gute Fahrt as we left them.
I did indicate to my co-pilot that "Gute Farhrt" was NOT an instruction!
Would I be allowed to come & play or is it for southerners only?? It's been a while (well 7 weeks) since I last had a good play on "The Beast"!!