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Sunday ride to Aston and Faringdon

Sunday, 4 October 2015 - 9:30am

Ride report

We started with clear skies in Oxford, but the mist gradually closed in as we rode west. We know that mist makes exhaust fumes slow to disperse, which is not usually too much of a problem for us on a Sunday. Unless. Unless the MG Club happens to be having a special outing and dozens of their classic cars happen to be taking the same route as us. With rasping breath and a metallic taste in our mouth, we were reminded that car engines of the 60s and 70s were many times more polluting than modern engines – even more so than VW diesels. Most of us hadn’t been up Faringdon Folly and the walk helped to digest a heavy lunch.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Aston Pottery, Aston 10:45am


The Bell Hotel, Faringdon 12:15pm


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

70km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

51km 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.