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Sunday ride to Bicester and Chearsley

Sunday, 25 February 2024 - 9:30am

A loop NE with a flattish ride to coffee, with the urban delights of Bicester to follow. Lunch in Chearsley, quite hilly in places after coffee.

Ride report

With all the recent rain running straight off the land, we left Oxford to go to coffee via Kidlington, as the Water Eaton road was deemed to probably be too watery. Coffee was at Bicester Garden Centre, with the chilly weather outside, the bulbs for sale seemed about right, the summer garden furniture perhaps a tad too early! There was a strong north east headwind most of the way to lunch. Other than the head wind, weather was fine, chilly but bright. The Dorton – Chearsley road had the other flood query on my mind, a long down hill with a railway bridge at the bottom followed by an uphill. I had seen water depth markers there in the past. Sure enough, there was water under the bridge even before we got there. Iraj decided to offer to show how deep it was and rode through (almost up to his hubs). The rest of us cautiously walked on some rather ancient and cracked concrete beams that were by the bridge abutment and above the water level (mostly!). Jackie joined us at lunch; the Bell in Chearsley was friendly and efficient with our lunch. After lunch we had tail wind home.

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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).


Bicester Avenue Garden Centre, Bicester 10:55am

For about half an hour.


The Bell, Chearsley 1:10pm

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

83km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

58km 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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