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Sunday ride to Bladon and Finstock

Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 9:30am

Ride report

Zero degrees overnight, gradually climbing to 2 degrees by lunchtime. But feeling colder in the brisk north-easterly wind. This is what we were promised and so I wondered how many would turn up. But this was a joint ISIS/CTC ride and Oxford women cyclists are a feisty bunch, not to be intimidated by cold air from the Arctic (see photo of smiling faces). As our coffee venue didn’t open until 11am, Ellen led us on an interesting route (see Garmin Connect map; you can zoom in) through unknown territory to make what is normally a 45 minute ride into one twice as long. Four of us continued on to lunch at the Plough in Finstock where the pub food is about as good as you will find anywhere. And home just after 3pm, no one now complaining about the cold (being followed by a 15mph cold Arctic blast is much more comfortable than riding into one).

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Park House Bed & Breakfast, Bladon 10:30am


The Plough Inn, Finstock 12:45


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

56km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

32km 16kph

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.