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Sunday ride to Benson and Chalgrove

Sunday, 5 September 2021 - 9:30am

To Benson for coffee with a small loop round Ewelme and the Brightwells before a short stop at the Red Lion in Chalgrove.

Ride report

There were 22 on the ride on Sunday, 14 meeting in Broad Street and 8 being swept up at various places on the way to coffee at Benson. The weather was the nicest we have had since probably July and the views were enhanced by some sunshine for a change. 15 of us went on the full ride with a group going back together from coffee. Our planned lunch stop at the Red Lion in Chalgrove was changed to a picnic because the pub was full with a classic motorbike rally. We had the picnic at Julian’s garden in Chalgrove which was very kind of him. Our route home was altered at the last minute after an innocent question was asked about cycling over Shotover instead of our usual way up through Littleworth and Horspath. It was certainly dry enough to cycle that way, but bumpy for a road bike on one part. Probably won’t become a regular route!

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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 11:00am

For about half an hour.


The Red Lion, Chalgrove 1:15pm

For about an hour.


Oxford area 3:30pm
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

75km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

56km 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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