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Back after popular demand we decided to hold yet another Swinley Forest open ride for October 2012.

We were absolutely blessed with a stunning autumn day in the Chiltern Hills from beginning to end, and as always we started with a slog up from Watlington car park up to the Ridgeway to the first climb to Cockpole Green. After crossing the road we hit the first decent which is quite rough to begin with but as long as you pedal you can keep the speed going till the end and have really good fun.

Our April open ride was planned to run at Swinley Forest near Bracknell – mostly because of the impending rain that makes the Chilterns a real slog in the wet… and also because we can run an entire ride without touching any tarmac!

Thankfully the trails were dry(ish) and the sun was shining for take two of the Golden Ball Run³ - unfortunately we had to cancel this ride originally back in June due to the horrendous trail conditions and bad weather, so it was nice to have some luck on our side for this one.

Our open group ride for March 2012 was scheduled to start in Watlington and recycle a route we used last April. It’s a route that I often ride after work in the summer as the views are lovely and it’s normally pretty quiet. There’s loads of scope to add little loops on and take shortcuts if needed and whilst the descents aren’t technically that challenging they are a lot of fun! The route is around 22 miles with 3 notable climbs with a total ascent of 2200ft; the descents also total 2200ft as it’s a circular route.

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