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Sunday ride to Benson and Chalgrove

Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 9:30am

Please book lunch before 6pm Friday

Heading south east with some modest hills (Garsington) on the way to coffee at Benson, a big hill up then down to earn your lunch in Chalgrove. Some morning sized hills to get you home.

Ride report

Ride leader’s report
It must have been our lucky day. The weather forecast was for strong gusty wind, boarderline on cancelling the ride. Sunday morning dawned with barely a quiver on the branches in the garden. After punctures in the last 2 Sundays, and the puncture fairy apparently working overtime on the midweek ride, the fairy had a day off and we were puncture free.

After picking up a few people on the way out of town, we split into 2 groups as we left Oxford. With the weather better (warmer, less windy, dry) than everyone expected, we made a hilly route (via Garsington) to coffee in Benson who copped with tthe numbers easily.

With varying amounts of surface water from the previous week’s rain, we went up into the Chilterns, followed by a pay back descent into Ewelme, soon after which we saw the local tandem group (for the second time) cycling the other way.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am

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 10:40am

For about half an hour.


The Red Lion, Chalgrove 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

71km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

44km 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.

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