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Sunday ride to Benson and Checkendon

Sunday, 12 July 2015 - 9:30am

Ride report

We had 650m of climbing today, mostly concentrated in the relatively short stage from coffee to lunch, with both our 2 new members riding strongly in the hills. For a couple of riders, this was preparation for the forthcoming Prudential 100 miles on August 2nd. Someone forgot to carry spare inner tubes and was unfortunate enough to suffer 2 punctures, but fortune smiled when the rider found £10 by the roadside, conveniently matching the price of 2 new inner tubes, kindly provided by CTC regulars (who know better than to leave home unprepared!) Had we been passing through Great Haseley a day later, the cricket fans amongst us might well have been among those million Twittter followers to have been fooled by Sachin Tendulkar’s plea for help after having been supposedly stranded in the village (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/33500551). Despite the punctures, we were back in Oxford by 16.25, experiencing just 10 minutes of pleasantly warm rain on the descent from the Chilterns.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Waterfront cafe, Benson 11am


The Black Horse, Checkendon 1pm


Oxford area
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

85km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

61km 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.