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Sunday ride to Benson and Abingdon
Sunday, 22 October 2023 - 9:30am
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Warm-up up Cuddesdon Hill on the way to Benson for coffee then via Wallingford and South Oxfordshire villages to Abingdon for lunch in the Market Square
Despite a coolish start, the day quickly warmed to a lovely autumn day with the trees finally agreeing show their true seasonal colours – what could possibly go wrong?
Two things, really. Firstly, a building adjacent to the Waterfront Café at Benson had caught fire on Friday night / Saturday morning. This meant we were unable to park our bikes in the usual place and had to enter the café via a back door through the car park – no biggie, but more seriously we were not allowed to sit outside and enjoy the riverside ambience as they were busy hoovering up the abundant (hazardous?) ash.
Secondly and much more seriously one of our riders had an accident on NCN544, supposedly a safe cycle route, experiencing a front wheel skid where the smooth and clean tarmac suddenly became very slippery due to a thick covering of rotting leaves and other vegetation. After losing consciousness for a few minutes, our dazed and slightly confused colleague was whisked away to the JR in the back of a big yellow van with flashy lights (which had miraculously appeared in under ten minutes) for a series of examinations, scans, prods and various other indignities before being pronounced good enough to go home later that evening with only a couple of cracked ribs to show for it. The rest of the ride was relatively uneventful, even taking into account our near entanglement in the Abingdon Marathon while we shared their route from Sutton Courtney towards the finish line.
Full ride leader
Leader back from coffee
Ride venues and times
|Broad Street, Oxford
Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time (especially if you are new, so that we can say hello and sign you up).
|Waterfront cafe, Benson
For about half an hour.
|(To be arranged)
Somewhere near Abingdon market square
|All of the times (apart from the start time) are approximate only, as weather or punctures may affect them.
Ride options and attendance
Half day ride
Ride to coffee and back again.
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|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.