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Saturday ride to catch Women's Tour

Saturday, 11 June 2022 - 9:00am

A ride out to near Charlbury to watch the Women’s Tour go by then we will ‘race’ them back to Oxford in time to see the finish. We need to be at the Charlbury road by 11:50 in order to see them so an earlier start will give us some leeway. We will stop in Charlbury for some food from the Deli beforehand – probably to take and eat by the roadside while waiting for the women if the weather is good. We will then cycle home by a ‘slightly shorter’ route than the women racers are doing to give us a chance. Please use the lunch booking option on the website if you are coming.

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Ride report

A group of 9 set off from the Elsfield turn off the ring road on Saturday on a mission to get to Charlbury in time to see the Women’s Tour of Britain go by on their way from the start in Chipping Norton to the finish in St Giles in Oxford. It was a beautiful day, if a bit windy, and we made good enough time to stop in Charlbury and buy provisions and have a takeaway coffee before cycling on through the town and past the railway station and plonking ourselves on the verge halfway up Forest Hill waiting for the Tour to come by. The build up was interesting – we should have started counting the number of police motorbikes that came through before the actual race – I think it must have been over 20. Then from our vantage point, we could see the riders coming. As it was on a hill, they were tightly bunched but still seemed to speed by. They were followed by all the team cars and we tried to work out the value of all the bikes on the cars, let alone on the road – too many noughts to put here.

Then our mission was reversed and we had to get back to Oxford before the Tour. We had a slight advantage as we were going direct via Fawler, Eynsham and the A40 while they were going through Burford, Faringdon, Wantage, Wallingford, Didcot and Abingdon! So we made it in plenty of time and managed to find a spot at the finish that also had the big screen available to watch. It was great to see them riding on our local roads and trying to pick out exactly where they were.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Elsfield turn 9:00am

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time (especially if you are new, so that we can say hello and sign you up).


(To be arranged) 12:00pm

Charlbury deli


Oxford area 2:30pm
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

65km 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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