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  • Sun 11 April, 2021

    Sunday ride to Witney (group 3)

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    Our half-day ride to Witney managed to include two to three seasons of weather in one day! Four of us set off on the third ride of the day from Broad Street under cold autumn-like conditions. The later start time meant a little busier on the road to Evesham but we soon turned off to back roads, coming into Witney along a lovely walking and cycling route and briefly bumped into the 10am group at coffee. As we enjoyed our hot drinks, the temperature dropped and there were short flurries of sleet. The ride back to Oxford was a delightful, sunny mixture of backroads, a beautiful bridleway, and the cycle path along the A40. Thanks to everyone who came along.

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  • Sun 11 April, 2021

    Sunday ride to Witney (group 2)

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    A flat ride out to Witney for takeaway coffee and slightly hillier ride back via Delly End – worth it for the name alone! The map is an embedded link from Ride with GPS. You can zoom in to see the route in as much detail as you like. For example, you can zoom in (using the + sign) to see exactly where the start is. If you’d like to see the distances, go to the Ride with GPS website…

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  • Sun 11 April, 2021

    Sunday ride to Witney (group 1)

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    A nice chilly but mainly sunny ride dodging the worst of the hail showers about. Takeaway coffee and cake at Witney, so we had pavement chat about touring. An enjoyable if unexpected off-road stretch between New Yatt and North Leigh – who planned this route (oops!).

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  • Sun 4 April, 2021

    Sunday ride to Wantage (group 2)

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    A southern loop taking in some recently completed cycle tracks. The map is an embedded link from Ride with GPS. You can zoom in to see the route in as much detail as you like. For example, you can zoom in (using the + sign) to see exactly where the start is. If you’d like to see the distances, go to the Ride with GPS website by clicking on “View Full Version” (top left of map).

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  • Sun 4 April, 2021

    Sunday ride to Wantage (group 1)

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    We met in lovely sunshine, a cold morning with a forecast of getting much warmer during the day. Those who looked at the forecast while deciding what to wear had it about right. Those who looked out at the frost and ice at 7 am found themselves over dressed later in the day!

    The roads were quiet as we headed up Cumnor Hill and on towards Kingston Bagpuize. In Ardington we joined the newly improved off road cycle route that allows cycle commuting from Wantage to the Harwell Business Center without using the A 417. The surface should be fine in all weathers, being compacted/rolled stone, with in places a thin layer of loose gravel on top. OK on my 28mm tyres, thinner tyres might be a bit dicey. Still, we had a lovely ride through the fields before heading into East Hendred where we stopped to admire the knitted Easter animals out on the village green.

    It was a change of schene as we negotiated the numerous cycle crossings of the Milton interchange and on through the new cycle/pedestrian tunnel under the railway into Milton Park. While Milton Park won’t be found in any good ride destination guide, it does have a good cycle track that joins to a new tarmac cycle track directly across the fields to Sutton Courtney. This track is to help cycle commuting from Abingdon to Milton Park.

    After Sutton Courtney we went via Peepo Day Lane into Abingdon for our take out lunch in the Market Square, where we met our 6th member. His stated reason for not making the start was doing himself a mischief while out running, but also slipped out about waking up late as well! While there, the 2nd group led by Daisy arrived, so we all caught sight of each other.

    As it was such a sunny day, our group replaced the direct route to Oxford via Radley by a longer route via Shippon and Boars Hill, with some bare legs appearing for the after lunch ride. It was nice to be out again with friends on a Sunday.

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  • Sun 27 December, 2020

    Sunday ride round Bicester

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    A longer but less hilly ride avoiding Buckinghamshire. Out around Bicester in an anti-clockwise direction. Finishing at the Banbury Rd roundabout in N Oxford. The map is an embedded link from Ride with GPS. You can zoom in to see the route in as much detail as you like. For example, you can zoom in (using the + sign) to see exactly where the start is. If you’d like to see the distances, go to the Ride with GPS website…

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  • Sun 20 December, 2020

    Sunday ride to Watlington

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    We had a lovely ride today in two groups of six, setting off 20 minutes apart and meeting briefly at the coffee shop Spire and Spoke – a really nice place, well set up for cyclists. There is an ingenuous bike holder where you can hook at least 8 bikes by the saddle. Covid arrangements were good, with tables outside and a tipi style tent with spaced out tables. A nicer December day for cycling could not have been asked for with bright blue skies all round, warm weather for this time of year, and the forecast rain in the afternoon did not appear. Once into the Chilterns, the second group reported seeing more bikes than cars, but there was some curiosity as to the activities of certain off-road vehicles with signs around Swyncombe suggesting illegal hare coursing may be a local issue.
    The back roads from the bottom of Aston Hill looping into Watlington offered new roads for some riders and our 2 groups caught sight of each other but dutifully kept apart. The extra miles to Watlington were definitely worth it for the hot drinks and excellent home-made cake at the Spire & Spoke pub! We made it back swiftly just before the sky darkened again and opened up…the rainbow effect (two of them) was lovely, but we were glad to be inside by then!
    Thanks to everyone who came along on an unexpectedly lovely late December ride.

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  • Fri 18 December, 2020

    Christmas lights ride

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    A short two-hour ride to see Christmas lights along the Otmoor loop villages. Weather dependent. Warm clothes suggested! Make sure you have good working lights including a light to help out if you have a mechanical issue.

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  • Sun 13 December, 2020

    Sunday ride to Christmas Corner

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    Cancelling the ride didn’t stop 2 keen members turning up Chez Jon. After barely a few moments hesitation, the 3 of them decided to do the ride anyway. And there was always the home-made cake and hospitality to round off the day. The heavens obliged by holding back most of the forecast rain.

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  • Sun 29 November, 2020

    Sunday ride to Bampton

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    A flat ride out to Bampton for coffee, a hill in to Buckland before crossing south of A420 and back into Oxford down Cumnor Hill. The map is an embedded link from Ride with GPS. You can zoom in to see the route in as much detail as you like. For example, you can zoom in (using the + sign) to see exactly where the start is. If you’d like to see the distances, go to the Ride with GPS…

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  • Sun 1 November, 2020

    Sunday ride to Aston

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    The weather was forecast to be windy and showery. That, along with some members now being under tier 2 restrictions, combined to reduce the numbers from 6 to 4. We rode to Aston via Eynsham and Sutton. Though windy, it wasn’t too gusty. The threatened showers held off all day, leaving a grey day with some autumnal colour surviving the recent winds.

    We took coffee at Aston Pottery, where they managed efficiently despite Covid restrictions.

    The ride back was a bit swifter, having a tail wind. We included the bridleway from Hinton Waldrist to Longworth (quite a good surface) which made a nice change from our normal route in from Pusey.

    In all probability, this was the last ride for at least a month, as next weekend will have new national lockdown restrictions in place.

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  • Sun 25 October, 2020

    Sunday ride to Frilford

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    Five of us set off to explore the byways, bridleways and back roads of Oxfordshire, starting with the Sustrans National Cycle Network route 5 along the river where we carefully made our way around walkers and other cyclists. We had a brief stop in Abingdon to fix a puncture where we bumped into Ellen and Steve.

    With blue skies ahead, we rode through the mud, grass, and puddles on the bridleway from Drayton to Venn Mills. No swimming occurred thankfully and Barbara’s off-road bike was nominated as the most well-equipped bike for the route! An unusually warm and sunny late October Sunday meant Millet’s Farm was quite busy but an outdoors lunch was enjoyed. With a few showers along the way and a shortcut through Cumnor, we made it back to Oxford for 2.30pm.

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