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Sunday ride to Aston and Faringdon

Sunday, 25 February 2018 - 9:30am

Ride to coffee led by Isis Rides for Women. A flat ride though the Thames Valley to coffee, with the Col de Faringdon on the way into Faringdon providing the only notable hill of the day. A route parallel to the A 420 brings us back into the west end of Oxford.

Ride report

On this last Sunday of winter, the spring sunshine was no match for the bitterly cold wind, blowing from the north east. But we were riding west for the first half of the ride and were lulled into a false sense of security, barely having to pedal to maintain a good pace. Riding back from lunch, now into the face of the wind, was a different matter. Twenty one members defied the weather forecast, with its promise of 1 degree at the start, “feeling like” minus 6 and 14 completed the full day ride, beneath a cloudless blue cold sky.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

Liz Weekes

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am

Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time (especially if you are new, so that we can say hello and sign you up).


Aston Pottery, Aston 11:00am

For about half an hour.


The Bell Hotel, Faringdon 12:45pm

For about an hour.


Oxford area 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

67km 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.