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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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  • Sun 18 October, 2020

    Sunday ride to Haddenham (2)

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     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). Most of the hills, including Ashendon(!) are before coffee. A flatter ride back…

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  • Sun 18 October, 2020

    Sunday ride to Haddenham (1)

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    A practically windless day which meant it was a bit misty and atmospheric, but perfect for cycling if you had enough layers on. A really lovely route which was quite hilly and included half of Brill Hill then Ashendon Hill which was swiftly followed by Winchendon Hill. Coffee was meant to be at Haddenham Garden Centre but riding along the road that I thought it was on, we came across a farm shop and cafe and so we called in and had a nice break there. While we were there, the second group were spotted pulling in to the same place but then going on as they must have realised it wasn’t the right place. So we didn’t overlap at all and were very socially distanced!

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  • Sun 11 October, 2020

    Sunday ride to Bletchingdon

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    There was a chilly wind but lots of sunshine to highlight the views. The cafe at the Greenhill Farm Campsite in Bletchingdon was open and served a decent cup of coffee. Today’s ride is an example of why it is worth booking on a ride even though there is a waiting list. Helen was second on the waiting list right up to Saturday evening and then a couple of cancellations meant she was able to come with us.

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  • Wed 7 October, 2020

    Wednesday Ride to Stadhampton

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    The ride did go ahead with just two of us, after three cancellations. It was a delightful morning, made memorable at Cuddesdon Mill where the valley bottom was extensively flooded, but thankfully just passable.

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  • Sun 4 October, 2020

    Sunday ride to Frilford 2

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    Meet south end of Abingdon Rd on cycle track opposite the Travel Lodge Hotel, 9.30. A gentle ride through the Vale of White Horse, with a bit of a hill at the end.

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