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  • Sun 18 February, 2024

    Sunday ride to Aston and Witney

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    Eight of us set out from Broad Street in what we thought would be fairly clement weather for the time of year, an illusion to be dashed by the time we got to Botley Road where we were greeted with a very heavy dose of drizzle propelled by a brisk headwind. The drizzle eased quite quickly, the headwind, not so much and short showers followed us all the way to Aston Pottery. The wind seemed to ease as we made our way on what became a pleasant ride through Carterton and on towards Witney for lunch; the only real impact of the weather was the need to avoid a few deep and wide puddles en route. Lunch was coffee and a toastie or similar at Coffee#1 before an enjoyable ride through New Yatt, North Leigh etc on the way home.

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  • Sun 11 February, 2024

    Sunday ride to Abingdon and Benson

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    Cool dry weather with moderate wind and some sunshine provided excellent cycling conditions. 12 riders began with all but 1 going on for lunch in Benson, following a coffee break in Abingdon Market Place. The light reflecting from the extensive flooding we saw provided alternative views of familiar landscapes. On our planned route, the tunnel under the A40 at Fyfield was full of muddy water and the River Thame was flowing fast and deep over Hayward Bridge. Avoiding flooding necessitated 2 diversions and an 8km increase in distance. Thanks to prior warnings from helpful cyclists, we made no U-turns.

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  • Sun 4 February, 2024

    Sunday ride to Witney and Long Hanborough

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    It was a surprisingly mild day for early February and perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that we were a group of 16 in Broad Street. We wended our way to Witney via Kidlington to have coffee and cake though a couple of riders turned back at Eynsham; it was more windy than we expected. Nine of us went on to lunch at Long Hanborough via some quiet country lanes. We had a bit of a wait as the pub was busy but we all enjoyed the food when it arrived. A short ride back to Oxford brought us home.

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  • Sun 28 January, 2024

    Sunday ride to Waterperry and Chalgrove

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    It was a beautiful, almost spring like day and we saw lots of cyclists out on the roads enjoying the weather. There was a large turnout at Broad Street with 3 joining us at Waterperry while 3 went home after coffee. Lunch was really good at the Red Lion in Chalgrove, if a bit slow, but we were still back in Oxford before 4pm.

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  • Sun 21 January, 2024

    CANCELLED: Sunday ride to Aston and Witney

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    Fairly familiar route to Aston for coffee then looping through downtown Carterton and Brize to Witney where there is a wide and free choice for lunch. Then home through North Leigh and Long Hanborough to the A40.

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  • Sun 14 January, 2024

    Sunday ride to Bicester

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    We had a one-stop ride to Bicester Garden Centre for a very efficient brunch service. The food arriving at our tables practically before we had sat down! We could ride along past University Parks as planned to Marston as the recent floods had completely subsided there. It was a chilly start but the hill up to Elsfield worked its magic to warm us up. And the sun came out before we even made it to Bicester. There was a very good turnout considering the temperature but I think everyone is grabbing the odd good day to get out which is all you can do in the winter. There were 14 of us for brunch.

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  • Sun 7 January, 2024

    Sunday ride to Frilford and Wantage

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    There seem to be many differing sorts of cyclists: lycra or baggy shorts?, battery or dynamo lights? derailleur or hub gears? X1 or double? (standard, compact or sub compact?) or triple chainsets? – the list goes on. And I have found another sort. With the risk of flooded roads, I sent an email to those signed up for the ride, saying that while the Abingdon Rd was closed due to flooding, we could get round via Bertie Place, and the approach to East Hanney might be flooded and need a diversion. Result? 4 cancelled their lunch bookings. So I now add to differing types of cyclists, hydophobes or hydrophiles? So it was 8 hydrophiles cyclists met in Broad St, and we circumvented the Abingdon Road closure and still kept our feet dry. We got to Millets Farm with no notable puddles on the road. Unlike one of my 2 flooded rides last year, no one felt the need to go and buy some dry socks during the coffee stop. The route to Wantage was fine, with some shallow puddles over most of the road here and there. Lunch at the Bear Hotel in Wantage was good, if a little noisy. The route back was a bit slower, having a chilly north head wind. The road into East Hanney was dry, but had signs of recent flooding. In Drayton we played safe, and took the road into Abingdon, in case the Sustrans route from Sutton Courtney into Abingdon was flooded. The river in Abingdon was high, just below the road. One section of road was dry but closed, so it probably
    had been flooded. So a dry day out in the end, while the hydrophobes missed a chilly but pleasant day out!

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  • Mon 1 January, 2024

    Special New Year's Day ride to Brill

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    We were lucky in that it was the only dry and still day sandwiched between many wet and windy days. 12 riders gathered promptly at our house bringing supplements to the lunch I had prepared for after the ride. We cut a couple of miles off the ride as we knew that the Wood Eaton ride would be impassible from flooding. Otherwise it was a lovely ride with the surprise of coffee being available on the top of Brill Hill from the Brill coffee van (not usually there on a Monday). We returned for lunch of Baked potatoes, chilli toppings and salads along with desserts generously donated. Riders generously donated to Alzheimer’s Research and along with a couple of donations from family a total of £140 was raised.

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  • Sat 23 December, 2023

    Saturday half-day ride to Charlbury

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    We cycled on Saturday as I thought Xmas Eve would just be too close to Xmas for our club members to be free to ride. Ten of us met in Broad Street for a 32 miles coffee ride to Charlbury Garden centre and back. The Garden Centre, previously Hilltop more accurately described its location so we had a relatively hilly ride out and back. The weather was warm for December, though windy on the way out; a nice tailwind for our return. On our way back through Combe I spotted a good friend walking past an angel (see photo). My friend kindly offered me coffee which I declined as I thought coffee for 10 would be a bit of an imposition.

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  • Sun 17 December, 2023

    Sunday ride to Waterperry and Wheatley

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    Only 3 were booked for lunch – may be the lure of the M40 services I thought, but I later found there were 4 people who could not make the ride. Lunch numbers rose to 5 in Broad St. It was chilly but not overly cold, and lightly cloudy, so quite a pleasant day weatherwise, though there was a fair wind. We took a roundabout route to Waterperry for coffee where John and Clare were waiting. After coffee we slipped down to 4 for lunch. We went via Oakley and Chilton to Long Crendon and then on to the Oxford M40 services, usually chosen just before Christmas to avoid pubs being too busy with Christmas lunches to fit us in. As per usual, the food choices were such that we all opted to go into Waitrose and buy a picnic each. It was then another roundabout route via Great Milton and Cuddesdon and back into Oxford.

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  • Sun 10 December, 2023

    Mince Pie Ride to Uffington and Stanford

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    Well done to everyone who came on the Mince Pie ride up to the top of Dragon Hill in terrible weather. The rain was at its heaviest as we were climbing the hill and once we had reached the top, we lost all shelter from the fierce wind and it became nearly impossible to stay on the bike. I walked the bit across the top and Helen was blown over! But we made it to the car park and were very grateful for the mince pies and mulled wine on offer by Wantage CTC’s wonderful volunteers. There weren’t many other groups there when we were. Didcot Phoenix had sped by us up the hill and were still there and we recognised a couple from the midweek group. We didn’t hang around long due to the weather and made our way to the café at Stanford in the Vale which was really quick and efficient. By the time we had finished lunch the sun was out and we had a nice, wind assisted ride home to Oxford. But it was quite a tough day out!

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  • Sun 3 December, 2023

    CANCELLED: Sunday ride to Bampton and Aston

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    Cumnor hill to warm us up on an autumn day, then pretty flat all the way. Lunch at Aston Pottery. I recommend the quiche!

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  • Sat 25 November, 2023

    Saturday ride to Gagingwell

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    The ride was changed in the end to avoid the Cotswold Guy cafe as they didn’t have any gluten free bread and it was really quite expensive – they do do the best sausage rolls in the world according to David Beckham though! So, with two other options nearby being temporarily or permanently closed we opted for a coffee stop at the Deli in Charlbury which was nice and then we went on to try and get into a cafe in Woodstock. But the ones we tried were all either full or not open so on we went again to find room for us at Yarnton Garden Centre eventually. Saturday rides have a very different feel to our usual Sunday rides – the traffic is heavier earlier when we are starting our ride but seemed quieter by the end. We had a visitor out with us too. A guy called William from Newcastle who was visting Oxford for a conference the day
    before and staying on and he hoped joining a group ride was the best way to see the country round this way. Can’t argue with that – the weather was freezing but brilliantly sunny all day meaning that our countryside was at its most stunning. William was quite a bit faster than us but he didn’t seem to mind coming on ‘a bimble’ ride as his local club call them, I had warned him! It was a nice day out which was not as originally planned but the sunshine made it a very pretty ride regardless. I have had a lovely message since the ride from William saying: Thank you for welcoming me in your club. I was in good company to taste the roads around Oxford. I had a brilliant day. Thanks for the photos: I look very pink 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the WE and many rides with the club 🚴‍♀️

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  • Sun 19 November, 2023

    Sunday ride to Long Crendon (twice)

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    We visited Long Crendon twice, both for coffee and lunch. Not too many hills before coffee at Base Coffee and then on for 12 hilly miles in a circuit to build up an appetite for lunch. We covered Ashendon, Dorton and Chilton. As John B said it was reminiscent of the Grand Old Dukeof York. The wind was gusting strongly, but just short of needing to cancel the ride. The rain surprisingly held off, though the last 5 miles or so before home we did have a light though persistent drizzle. Lunch was again very good at the Eight Bells.

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  • Sun 12 November, 2023

    Sunday ride to Benson and Checkendon

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    A grey autumn morning with some light rain, not as heavy as forecast. We took a fairly direct route to coffee at Benson, with a diverted route through Benson as the main road in the village was closed for remembrance day commemorations. The cafe at Benson was very quiet, and conversation ceased when Big Ben was heard striking 11.00. After coffee, we skirted the bottom of the Chilterns, pausing to let a convoy of tractors pass, before the steady climb up to Woodmancote. This route was a long gradual climb, with no steep sections making it one of the easiest ways to climb the Chilterns. The orangey-yellow leaves on the trees stood out well against the grey sky. Lunch was at the Black Horse in Checkendon, still its usual self with its usual array of customers. As we were early, we had the end room to ourselves, and were joined by the pub cat and the pub dog. The Black Horse often has someone turn up in an “interesting” (or old) form of transport. Today it was the tractor convoy we saw earlier in the morning, along with an old steam traction engine. After lunch we headed back to Oxford via Garsington.

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  • Sun 5 November, 2023

    Sunday ride with coffee/brunch in Woodstock

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    A beautiful day with just a little rain which arrived conveniently as we enjoyed our paninis and all-day breakfasts in the Blenheim Buttery. But a problem at the start: Woodeaton road “Closed due to floods”. We were about to divert via Elsfield when a Tesco van appeared and, responding to our questioning looks, gave us a smile and a thumbs up. He was right – no sign of flooding. There were a few hills after Tackley and lovely tiny country lanes as we rode due west into a headwind before heading south towards our late refreshment stop in Woodstock. After a longer than planned stop, we made our various ways home via the A44 cycle path which, I’m told, is recently much improved.
    Ah yes, the hands? Mending a puncture is usually dirty work with little to recommend it. But in this case, it was perfectly planned to ensure that we arrived at our lunch venue right on time.

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  • Sun 29 October, 2023

    Sunday ride to Witney and Long Hanborough

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    There was a big turnout for this ride with over 16 riders in Broad Street and one joining on the way. The day started in lovely sunshine which unfortunately disappeared and was replaced by quite heavy rainfall before we had even made it to coffee at Cogges Farm. It rained the whole time we were at coffee and for a few miles after but then cleared up to be another nice, sunny day for the rest of the ride. The rain made the roads really filthy though and led me to have to clean my bike, with the clocks going back as well, we are truly now into the autumn/winter season.

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  • Sun 22 October, 2023

    Sunday ride to Benson and Abingdon

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    Despite a coolish start, the day quickly warmed to a lovely autumn day with the trees finally agreeing show their true seasonal colours – what could possibly go wrong?
    Two things, really. Firstly, a building adjacent to the Waterfront Café at Benson had caught fire on Friday night / Saturday morning. This meant we were unable to park our bikes in the usual place and had to enter the café via a back door through the car park – no biggie, but more seriously we were not allowed to sit outside and enjoy the riverside ambience as they were busy hoovering up the abundant (hazardous?) ash.
    Secondly and much more seriously one of our riders had an accident on NCN544, supposedly a safe cycle route, experiencing a front wheel skid where the smooth and clean tarmac suddenly became very slippery due to a thick covering of rotting leaves and other vegetation. After losing consciousness for a few minutes, our dazed and slightly confused colleague was whisked away to the JR in the back of a big yellow van with flashy lights (which had miraculously appeared in under ten minutes) for a series of examinations, scans, prods and various other indignities before being pronounced good enough to go home later that evening with only a couple of cracked ribs to show for it. The rest of the ride was relatively uneventful, even taking into account our near entanglement in the Abingdon Marathon while we shared their route from Sutton Courtney towards the finish line.

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  • Sun 15 October, 2023

    Sunday ride to Bampton and Aston

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    A sunny if chilly start from unfamiliar Carfax start – sadly one potential rider lost to the crowds and closures. A hapless (hopeless?) ride leader was Garmin-less and indebted to other ride leaders to help with first part of ride. Fortunately the phone still worked and able to memorise the next sections. A lovely quiet lane loop from coffee to lunch through very pretty villages – especially Alvescot.

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  • Sun 8 October, 2023

    Sunday ride to Waterperry and Long Crendon

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    It was the first chilly ride of the autumn, but the weather was nice and mostly sunny. After a roundabout route to coffee, we headed to Long Crendon via Chilton. Rather than wait at the junction at the top of the hill, we waited further on the bend, which gave us the opportunity to admire the view from the gateway into the school. Lunch at the newly re-opened 8 Bells was good. A route via Cuddesdon brought us back to Oxford.

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  • Sun 1 October, 2023

    Sunday ride to Witney and Ramsden

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    It was nice weather for our ride to Cogges Farm for coffee. We noticed they had Shetland ponies in the paddock by the outdoor seating area this time rather than the goats we have seen before. Our lunch was at Charlbury Garden Centre and they had plenty of food available this time. We last went there for lunch on a Sunday to find they had run out of anything more than cake despite opening the next day which was a Bank Holiday Monday. It wasn’t too far from lunch to get home although we did cycle very close to the biomass plant at Cassington which was to blow up in a lightning strike the next day.
    The half-day coffee ride suffered a mishap – snapped chain. But we sorted it!

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  • Sun 24 September, 2023

    Sunday ride to Long Crendon and Bicester

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    Earlier in the week, the forecast had been lovely but the day started with a little drizzle and possibly causing one member to cancel their lunch booking. We cycled to Long Crendon picking up Clare in Worminghall where we had coffee in the Base Coffee shop where they had reserved a table for us. We were joined by Niall’s daughter and grandchildren who had also cycled there but only a mile. The ride to Bicester was good apart from when I took a wrong turn in Bicester. Jon took us on a slightly different route so we didn’t have to retrace our steps. Just before the garden centre, John S went off piste on a gravel track to avoid some of the bike crossings and gained a puncture! During lunch Alistair spotted a piano across the room and went over and played it for us; such a treat! After lunch we rode home into an increasing headwind.

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  • Mon 18 September, 2023

    Return rides Lymington to Oxford

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    Return route, Lymington to Oxford, camping near Pewsey, same campsite as the outward journey.

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  • Sun 17 September, 2023

    Coffee ride to Abingdon

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    We decided to ride the route in reverse, which worked well and meant that coffee was towards the end rather too close to the start. Our thanks to Barbara for some tricky route planning and to John for an alternative few kilometres into Abingdon.

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