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Sunday ride to Abingdon and Benson

Sunday, 11 February 2024 - 9:30am

A loop south via Abingdon and Dorchester, mostly flattish with the odd hill here and there to exercise your gears.

Ride report

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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Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am

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) 10:50am

Plenty of choice in Abingdon


Waterfront cafe, Benson 12:35pm

For about an hour.


Oxford area 3:00pm
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

71km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

50km 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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