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Sunday ride to Bicester and Marsh Gibbon

Sunday, 14 May 2017 - 9:30am

Note change of start: Carfax instead of Broad Street, to avoid 10k race road closures

Coffee in Bicester and a sting in the tail after lunch: Brill (Muswell Hill) at 190m.

Ride report

Heavy rain on Saturday; rain again on Monday. Sunny all day on Sunday! No one wearing leggings and no one with overshoes: it seems that summer is definitely here. The route changed at the last minute when we discovered that the pub wasn’t serving food because of “oven problems”. The nearest pub was full and the next nearest pub¬†meant a change of route to keep the coffee and lunch stops to sensible distances. With Google street view to check for cycle tracks on busy roads, OS maps to keep us legal and a Garmin to guide us in unfamiliar territory, no problem. Indeed, all that was required as we left the pub in Marsh Gibbon was an answer to the question “which way is north?” and the rest was plain sailing, taking Muswell Hill in our stride (see photo above).

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 5 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 11:00am

About half an hour


The Plough Inn, Marsh Gibbon 12:45pm

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

76km 20kph

Half day ride

54km 20kph

Lunch only

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.