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Away-day ride Chilterns Special, starting at 10.30am in Cowleaze Wood car park

Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 10:30am

Following our successful foray into the Chilterns on 7th June, we have decided to spend more time in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our ride is inspired by the final stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour which took place on Sunday 21st June (see photo 2). As is usual for a stage race, they raced from A to B, whereas we have planned a circular route. The other difference is that they often used closed main roads, while we will stick to the minor lanes. This does mean that ours will be hillier – and much more scenic.

The 10.30am start is at the car park (free), which is a 30-40 minute drive from Oxford (18 miles using route shown in photo 3). We will ride straight to an early lunch at The Gate Inn, Bryants Bottom. http://www.ukcarparks.info/cowleaze-wood-car-park-stokenchurch#sthash.9HJ1Y5o0.dpbs Please let me know BY THURSDAY MIDDAY if you would like me to book you a place for lunch (info@ctcoxfordcity.org.uk)

Ride report

Discounting the flat bits at the start and at the end of the ride, we managed to cram in almost 900 metres of ascent into just 45k of route. Which explains the tired legs struggling up the final climb of Kingston Hill, which, according to Strava, reaches 18% in places. We usually manage to cope reasonably well with ripped tyres, broken derailleurs, jammed chains, lost cleat screws and the like, but even the combined wisdom and experience of 14 riders couldn’t help the rider whose right hand crank fell off. But one should never give up hope completely. Having limped to lunch with one foot scraping the ground, and even as plans were made to organise a taxi home, a white van turned up at the pub, advertising Cycle-tech.co.uk, Mobile Bicycle Repair Specialists. The final 35 kilometres back to the start were hilly, but uneventful apart from an unscheduled stop in Chinnor for ice-creams and chocolates – in preparation for the final assault of Kingston Hill.

GPX files

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Ride options and attendance

Ride option Distance Pace Attendees

Full ride

58km 20kph

The pace listed above is the average pace we do, so in general when cycling along the flat we will go a bit faster than the average pace. Please be aware of this if you are wondering whether you will be able to keep up on the ride.