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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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    A long loop to the Oxford Garden Centre at South Hinksey, taking in Boars Hill

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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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  • Sun 29 September, 2019

    Sunday ride to Thame and Radnage

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    Coffee, cakes and chat? The chat started unsurprisingly with a discussion of why one of our riders had been unable to adjust headset bearings after fitting a new stem. Plenty of expertise there. What was not quite so predictable (and much less easy to solve) was the discussion on The Nature of Belief. (Adaptive evolution?) Which led to “Why are we here?” And because one thing leads to another, someone couldn’t resist: Surely, it depends what you mean by “here”. At which point we reverted to safer ground discussing the forecast downpours or perhaps just pondered a while over our americanos. Well, this is Oxford after all!

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  • Sun 22 September, 2019

    Sunday ride to Frilford and Uffington

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    The last ride of summer saw the first notable rain for some time. With heavy rain forecast between coffee and lunch, there were 8 for lunch, and 1 riding as far as coffee. The rain held off as we crossed over Boars Hill on our way to coffee at Millets Farm. Just as we left coffee, the heavy rain started, though the temperature was still warm. The rain faded as we passed through West Challow and Childrey along the bottom of the Downs. We arrived spot on time at the Fox in Uffington for lunch, except for Anthony and Jon. Jon went back to help Anthony, for whom the puncture fairy had left a hole in the road which gave him a pinch puncture. Over lunch there was much discussion (and a bit of related on line shopping) about how to keep feet dry in the rain. After lunch we did a loop through Woolstone with its pretty houses, before heading back to Oxford through the Vale of White Horse with a good tail wind.

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  • Sun 15 September, 2019

    Sunday ride to Stadhampton

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    For those not joining the away-day ride, an easy-paced (av. 17kph) morning ride to the Crazy Bear Farm Shop, Stadhampton, out via Cuddesdon, back through Garsington.

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  • Sun 15 September, 2019

    Away-day ride Chez Jon to Northend

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    From the first cup of coffee and home made cakes at 10am to the final cups of tea (and more cake) at 4pm, this was perhaps the ride of the year. Yes, there were a few 15% climbs, but the descents were  exhilarating – all under a September sunshine of just the right temperature.

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  • Sun 8 September, 2019

    Sunday ride to Twyford and Launton

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    If you remove your helmet, take care where you put it – leave it in the basket of someone else’s bike and you might never see it again 🙁
    Apart from that unfortunate beginning, this exit from Oxford is the most picturesque and cycle friendly by far, little used because of the distance to a convenient coffee stop.

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  • Sun 1 September, 2019

    Sunday ride to Ramsden and Burford

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    A fairly hilly ride to Burford via Ramsden with most of the hills before lunch.

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  • Sun 25 August, 2019

    Sunday ride to Bicester and Cherwell Valley Services

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    Lunch Picnic in Stoke woods behind Cherwell Valley Services. This may be the last time we will be able to have a picnic this year. One thing is for certain – there will be no bluebells this time of year. If wet, we will head through our “hole in the hedge” and eat in the motorway services.

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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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