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  • Sun 18 August, 2019

    Sunday ride to Aston and Burford

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    The heavy downpour at the start was enough to make us regret leaving the overshoes at home and made us wonder whether we were suitably waterproofed. Most of our usual half-day riders took one look at the dark skies and decided to stay at home. But having pre-booked our lunches at The Royal Oak in Burford, 11 riders felt obliged to start. And we were rewarded by a blue sky that soon appeared almost miraculously, seemingly from nowhere, leaving a further 90k of sunshine with just a few drops here and there.

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  • Sun 11 August, 2019

    Sunday morning ride to Waterperry

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    For those not away in the hilly Cotswolds, this is a short coffee ride to Waterperry Gardens, which has long been a club favourite.

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  • Sun 11 August, 2019

    Away-day ride Burford and Guiting Power

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    Can’t beat the Cotswolds for winding lanes, pretty villages and muddy fords. Definitely one our favourite areas and well within reach on an away-day ride. More than 1000m of ascent over a relatively short distance, but it didn’t feel too hilly as most of the route was rolling rather than steep.

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  • Sun 4 August, 2019

    Sunday ride to Bampton and Lechlade

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    A summer ride to enjoy some of the Cotswold back roads and the Vale of White Horse. Any post lunch complacency will be treated with the climb up to Coleshill after lunch.

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  • Sun 28 July, 2019

    Waterperry and Brill spokes

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    A couple of firsts for our club. The first “first” was a picnic prepared by the leader and friends; the second “first” was a bike with 3 aboard. Unsurprisingly, the climb up Gidley Way was hard work – so hard that one passenger had to alight. The 4 “spokes” (Brill Hill, Muswell Hill, Tramhill and Thame Road) were more easily managed because of the intervening descents and flat sections which gave plenty of time for recovery. Thanks to the leader and friends for the picnic enjoyed at the top by the windmill and to our members for raising over £200 for the charity Bikes for Africa.

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  • Sun 21 July, 2019

    Sunday ride to Thame and Crowell

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    With 21 for coffee (including 4 new riders), we decided to split into 2 groups and to book the upstairs at the Treacles Tea Rooms in Thame.  One of our groups stopped to help a stranded tourist (Dutch?) who was miles from help with a broken chain. He was lucky we a chain tool and the right size links.

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  • Sun 14 July, 2019

    Sunday morning ride to Farmoor

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    For those not on the away-day ride, this is a short morning ride with an early, easily-managed climb bringing the rewards of fine views (if it’s clear) and two brisk descents, with an opportunity for a sprint home from coffee.

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  • Sun 14 July, 2019

    Away-day/Trivets 100k

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    Coffee in a restaurant, rather then in a café, was a change and a disappointment for some when we realised that restaurants don’t necessarily serve cakes. But the coffee was excellent and we had the whole top floor to ourselves, beautifully laid out for 25, so all was forgiven.  We were joined by a guest from Somerset whose 64 years of uninterrupted membership of CTC (as he insists on calling it) may well make him one of the oldest surviving members. As for the chat, well, this was after all a veterans ride, so we make no apology for discussion on PSA tests (“prostate-specific antigens in the blood” for you young folk) and a variety of endoscopies.

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  • Sun 7 July, 2019

    Sunday ride to Aston and Burford

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    The fourteen riders who continued on to lunch enjoyed some delightful country lanes, which included the return along the Windrush Valley.

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  • Sun 30 June, 2019

    Sunday ride to Abingdon and Abingdon

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    Most of our strong ride leaders are away doing the Oxfordshire 100 miles, so here’s an easy “home early” ride, keeping close to Oxford and flat most of the way. A bit bumpy here and there (but nothing we haven’t done many times before). A new pub – delicious food.

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  • Sun 23 June, 2019

    Sunday ride to Waterperry and Chearsley

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    First drop of rain 2:34pm and still 24k to go! Second drop of rain around 4pm and everyone home (and dry). Phew…

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  • Sun 16 June, 2019

    Sunday ride to Stanton St John

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    A shorter ride for those not attending our Isle of Wight away-day, with the opportunity to pick your own at Rectory Farm

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