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Return to Oxford Day 1

Monday, 19 September 2022 - 9:30am

This is Day 1 of our return to Oxford, after completing the tour of Isle of Wight.

Ride report

The north breeze was still blowing, so it was a touch cool all day. A bit cool for shorts and short sleeves, but too humid for extra layers, so I stayed a bit cool all day. It was the day of the Queen’s funeral, so almost no road traffic at all. I stopped by the road for a bit to eat mid morning. Two other cyclists had stopped nearby looking at a phone, I could hear bagpipe music coming out – so obviously they were getting a quick glimpse of proceedings while they were stopped. Making my return pass through Salisbury, the streets were almost empty, businesses shut. I had gone 47 miles to Bulford just north of the A303 before I found a business open, and was able to top up with food for the evening. As it was, I rode the whole day on dried dates and water! I left the Avon valley before Upavon, and headed up across the army range to Everleigh, a bit along the top followed by a fast descent brought me back to Pewsey, and a bit further on the Bull pub campsite. Having had cloud from mid morning, it was nice for it to clear to get a good sunset.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Hurst View Caravan Park, Pennington 9:30am


The Wooden Spoon, Downton 1:00pm

For about an hour.


The Golden Swan, Wilcot 4:00pm
All of the times (apart from the start time) are approximate only, as weather or punctures may affect them.

Ride options and attendance

Ride option Distance Pace Attendees

Full ride

102km 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.

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