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Sunday ride to Benson

Sunday, 2 January 2022 - 9:30am

A ride to Benson for lunch/brunch to get the year started. Some hills to use up some of that Christmas pudding.

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Ride report

The weather was coldish but dry and bright, less mild than recent days, but not too cold. We headed south east via Barracks Lane and the Haseleys to Benson with a head wind most of the way. Julian joined us about half way to coffee. Benson was fairly busy, but they still managed an efficient service. We braved the outside for our food stop. A bit like when I first started with the club, outdoor picnic lunch all year around – but without the complaints I heard years ago of no longer being able to leave one’s primus stove in the middle of the road as there was too many cars!

With some benefit from the tail wind we headed back via Berrick Salome, Chislehampton and Garsington. A faster group had gone on ahead, which with hindsight might have been a good move. As we progressed, it started to rain which got heavier as we approached Oxford, ending up as a biblical deluge. The road through Sandford along with Sandford Lane in Kennington were just a torrent of water and debris.

GPX files

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride 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 12:20pm



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

57km 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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