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Sunday ride to Benson and Ardington

Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 9:30am

A few short climbs out of Oxford on the way to Benson for coffee before enjoying a scenic loop south-west with views of Didcot before a short section on the well surfaced off-road Icknield Way and lunch in the lovely village of Ardington. There is an alternative route for those not wanting to ride off road which is a bit longer at 94k.

Ride report

Starting from Market Street to avoid the hardy souls running the Oxford half-marathon, 18 of us (which included a few picked up along the way) climbed out of Oxford towards Benson. We zig-zagged our way along autumnal country lanes with one rider commenting that she never knew there were so many back roads between Oxford and Chalgrove! After coffee at the welcoming and busy Waterfront Café , 5 of us departed for lunch at the Boar’s Head in Ardington, whence back to Oxford at a good pace and home for 4pm.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Cornmarket/Market Street 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).


Waterfront cafe, Benson 11:00am

For about half an hour.


The Boar’s Head, Ardington 1:00pm

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

Avoiding some off-road 94k

90km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

62km 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.