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W2W: The Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride 2016

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W2W Cycle Ride, 10am, Sunday 17th July

Now in its 9th year, the W2W is a 53-mile cycle ride from Wantage in Oxfordshire to Winchester in Hampshire, starting in the birthplace of King Alfred the Great and finishing at his final resting place.

Along the way, you travel along quiet country lanes along the Vale of the White Horse, over the Marlborough Downs, across the Thames valley and over the North Hampshire Downs, then enjoy miles of easy cycling through the sleepy villages of the Bourne valley.

The ride is non-competitive. We provide directions, signs and marshals to keep you on track and refreshments en route and at the end. Advance entry is £7 for Hyde900 members or £10 for non-members; entry on the day (if spaces are available) is £12.

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Welcome at the King Alfred statue

Sunday morning 19th July saw the largest ever number of cyclists leaving the King Alfred statue in Wantage following a warm send off by the Mayor, Cllr St John Dickson, and a loud “Oyez! Oyez!”, and ring of his bell by the Town Crier.

The riders enjoyed the dry and sunny conditions, though were less pleased with the strong head winds, as they made their way first west, then south along the excellent route through the beautiful countryside of rural Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, before entering Winchester from Kings Worthy via Hyde. Read the rest of this entry »

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W2W: The Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride 2015

datePosted on 17:26, March 23rd, 2015 by Site admin

W2W Cycle Ride, 10am, Sunday 19th July

Please note: the morning bus to Wantage is now full. You can still enter the ride, but you’ll have to make your own arrangements for transport to Wantage.

Now in its 8th year, the W2W is a 53-mile cycle ride from Wantage in Oxfordshire to Winchester in Hampshire, starting in the birthplace of King Alfred the Great and finishing at his final resting place.

Along the way, you travel along quiet country lanes along the Vale of the White Horse, over the Marlborough Downs, across the Thames valley and over the North Hampshire Downs, then enjoy miles of easy cycling through the sleepy villages of the Bourne valley.

The ride is non-competitive. We provide directions, signs and marshals to keep you on track and refreshments en route and at the end. Entry is £7 for Hyde900 members or £10 for non-members.

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Photos from the W2W Bike Ride

datePosted on 19:25, August 8th, 2014 by Site admin

Here’s a slideshow of photos from this year’s ride, taken mostly by Joe Low (and a few spares by others). Read the rest of this entry »

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Wantage to Winchester King Alfred Cycle Ride 2014

datePosted on 10:50, July 28th, 2014 by steve

Mayor of Wantage Councillor Fiona Riper, accompanied by the Town Crier, sounded the starting horn on 20th July for the 7th annual Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride. Over 100 riders followed the outstandingly beautiful route devised by Hyde resident Andy Key.

Leaving Wantage westwards they later turned south to climb Blowing Stone Hill, named after the rock at its foot where Alfred the Great is said to have rallied his troops.  A refreshment stop while riders admired the panoramic views from Combe Gibbet  was followed by a sunlit run back to Winchester through the picturesque villages of the Bourne valley. This year’s route ended in Hyde Abbey Garden where the first riders home were welcomed by the Mayor of Winchester,  Councillor Eileen Berry, with Friends of Hyde Abbey Garden on hand to explain the history of the area to new visitors.

The 53 mile ride celebrates King Alfred the Great (849-899) who first brought together the territory that became modern England. He was born in Wantage where a commemorative statue in the market place was the start of the ride. This year’s finishing point, Hyde Abbey Garden, is on the site of Alfred’s burial place in the now vanished Hyde Abbey, once among the most prominent in England, and featured in  the January 2014 BBC2 documentary The Search for Alfred the Great, in which Hyde900 took part.

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