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Sunday ride to Benson and Didcot

Sunday, 28 November 2021 - 9:30am

A bike ride to the “scenic south” through villages on the outskirts of Didcot.

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Ride report

Despite the forecast for near-zero temperatures, sixteen of us departed Oxford under clear blue skies for a beautiful if chilly ride out to Benson and Didcot. A couple of riders departed en route to coffee due to concerns about ice but Storm Arwen on Saturday had dried out the roads and fortunately there were only a few bits of ice along the road edges. After coffee, we followed slightly less familiar roads through Cholsey and Aston Upthorpe to the Horse & Harrow pub in West Hagbourne where eight of us enjoyed our delicious lunch outdoors and Phil joined us from Abingdon having “overslept”. We had a gentle ride back to Oxford, in part due to the ride leader unknowingly having a slow puncture! Our arrival back in Oxford was timed perfectly to coincide with a gentle flurry of snow but we all made it back home safe and sound. Thanks to everyone who braved the elements and came out for the ride.

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 10:45am

For about half an hour.


Horse & Harrow 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

69km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

50km 20kph

Part of ride

Turned back at Garsington

20km 20kph

Part of ride

Joined at lunch

30km 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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