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  • Sun 8 December, 2019

    Mince pie ride to Uffington and Faringdon

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    It’s our annual ride to White Horse Hill for mince pies and mulled wine. A long stretch to coffee with a climb over Boars Hill and a hard climb to the top of White Horse Hill before mulled wine and mince pies. Like many local clubs, we will join Cycling UK Wantage’s annual festive ride in support of the Whiz-Kidz charity. Make it more of an event by adding Antlers and /or tinsel to you or your bike.

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  • Sun 1 December, 2019

    Sunday ride to Waterperry and Cuxham

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    James’ report

    A cold but quite dry day, with a stiff north breeze. A roundabout route to coffee, some of us seeing a normal looking pheasant but with a white head near Beckley. Jackie met us at coffee having been delayed by a “shoes issue”. Note, if you use waterproof socks, you don’t notice when your shoes are wet – until the next time you put them on, so after using waterproof socks, check your shoes for wetness!.

    After coffee there was a puncture in Shabbington, where a committee of 5 evolved :

    1. Feeler for sharp objects around the inside of the outer tyre
    2. Sorter outer/putter away of the old tube
    3. Pump provider
    4. Pumper upper
    5. Puncture victim, doubling up as wheel remover/refitter.

    Suprisingly, there was no general offerer(s) of “helpful advice”.

    After eventually getting the back wheel on, it was found the tyre had quite a cut in it, so the wheel fitting process was repeated and a £5 was used as a tyre boot. The off road section was quite an acceptable surface. With good views across the the Chilterns, and also to the west we continued to Pyrton where another puncture occured (another less financial tyre boot required), so 4 continued to lunch, with the remainder joining us a bit later. A good lunch at the Half Moon in Cuxham was had, and all ordering/payments went smoothly this time.

    After lunch was an uneventful run back into Oxford.

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  • Sun 24 November, 2019

    Sunday ride to Waterperry and Ickford

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    A dull day, but a good one for cycling with little wind and no rain to speak of. There was a large turnout for coffee (22) with 14 riding on to lunch. There was heavy rain the night before which meant that the planned trip via the Uni Parks was not risked but apart from that and some large puddles on the roads we kept to the route easily enough. We saw a huge number of cyclists out and about. We all know Brill has a strange attraction for cyclists but it still seemed to be more than usual. The short ride home after lunch was appreciated as we needed our lights on from about 3.30.

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  • Sun 17 November, 2019

    Sunday ride to Twyford and Launton

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    Driving in to Oxford the evening before meant ride leader got a steer on floodwater! In consequence of which the route to coffee at Twyford was slightly amended and the route from lunch at Launton forgotten about completely! A bright start became steely grey with rain after lunch – lights on at 2.30!

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  • Sun 10 November, 2019

    Short ride to Oxford Garden Centre

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    While others played away, seven members took advantage, on a glorious, sunny autumn morning, of a short spin out west led by Stephen Lee.  After the previous days’ persistent rain, slippery leaves and some standing water were to be expected, but not the flood, as we turned for home at Fyfield, in the A420 underpass. Axle-deep and still sinking, everyone teetered briefly – what lay in the depths ahead? – and at least two riders emerged reflecting on the benefits of waterproof socks.

    After such excitement, Old Boars Hill held no fear. It was taken gently, without fuss or braggadocio, before the descent to coffee at the Oxford Garden Centre, South Hinksey. The brownies and flapjacks were fine, and though the cheese scones were dry and not a patch on Waterperry’s, this meant little, it had been a delightful and memorable ride.

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  • Sun 10 November, 2019

    Away-day ride to Burford and Lechlade

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    Only 500m of ascent, but as it’s the Cotswolds, there will be a few hills. We will stop at 11am to commemorate Remembrance Day. Hopefully the wind will blow us back after lunch.

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  • Sun 3 November, 2019

    Eynsham Cricket Club and Church Hanborough

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    Eynsham Cricket Club Cassington Rd, Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX29 4LF We are once again combining the Annual General Meeting with our usual Sunday ride, though you are welcome to make your own way to the venue, where refreshments will be served from 10:30am and where there is ample parking space. For riders, we will leave from Broad Street at 9:30am. There is also a longer ride, continuing on to lunch after the AGM. If you wish to propose any motions for…

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  • Sun 27 October, 2019

    Sunday ride to Benson and Milton Hill

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    Of the many directions we have available from Oxford, south is the least visited, possibly for good reason. Part of this ride will allow us to view “The Beautiful South”.

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  • Sun 20 October, 2019

    Sunday ride to Witney and Charlbury

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    Coffee at the lovely Hunters in Witney followed by the hilly section to lunch at the Old Shed just outside Charlbury. An undulating ride home from there.

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  • Sun 13 October, 2019

    Half day coffee ride to Oxford Garden Centre

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    Heavy rain, so just the 2 leaders attended – out of a sense of duty!

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  • Sun 13 October, 2019

    Away-day ride Wantage and Chilton Foliat

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    Began to brighten up towards the end, but flooded roads everywhere. Several riders expressed a wish for disk brakes when traditional rim brakes had little effect on the descents. The forecast wet start meant that we came well prepared to cope with the early downpours and it turned out to be a great day in the North Wessex Downs, with excellent – if pricey – food at the Wheatchief. Unanimous decision: let’s do this ride again in the summer!

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  • Sun 6 October, 2019

    Sunday ride to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Checkendon

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    A ride into the Chilterns to catch some early hints of autumn and a visit to a “proper” pub. Expect hills before and after coffee.

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