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Sunday ride to Aston and Charney Bassett

Sunday, 28 July 2013 - 9:30am

Ride report


The most recent BBC weather forecast promised light rain by 11am, becoming heavier after lunch. Those with touring bikes and panniers can store their waterproofs but a road bike cyclist has to come to a decision. As a result, at least one rider spent the day in overshoes and waterproof jacket, hoping to reap the benefit for his forethought and to demonstrate his good sense. Of course, there was no rain.

As this was the last Sunday of the month, CTC City was joined by 10 ISIS ladies, making a group of 21 for the start in Broad Street. Natasha devised an interesting and longer than usual route to Aston Potteries for coffee. We managed this large group of mixed abilities by splitting into three smaller groups with a leader middle marker and a sweeper.

Aston was busy and the queue long but everyone was fed and watered by 12 noon. Seven of us went on through Bampton, Clanfield, over the Thames at Radcot Bridge, through Thrupp and up the Hill to Littleworth before crossing the A420 and on to lunch (see the Garmin Connect link).

We were joined on the road by a lone rider from Botley who stayed with us until we reached the Chequers in Charney Bassett – an opportunity to hand out our business card! The Inn was also busy but they were able to accommodate us in the garden. With the BBC forecast still in mind, we struggled to move a large table to find shelter from the threatened downpour.

As we noted earlier, cycling folklore dictates that the likelihood of rain is inversely proportionate to the energy spent anticipating it.

Sure enough, despite the grey skies, the rain continued to hold off. The shelter proved unnecessary and we ate and rode home in the dry.

We arrived home around 4pm. Half an hour later, the grey skies turned black and the downpour began.


Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Helen Beane - (Log in to see phone)

Leader back from coffee

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Aston Pottery, Aston 10:45am


The Chequers Inn, Charney Bassett 1pm


Oxford area
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

80km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

40km 16kph

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.