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Sunday ride to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Watlington

Sunday, 21 July 2013 - 9:30am

Ride report

Eight riders met on a morning somewhat cooler than we had been used to in the current heat wave. We decided to ride through the centre of Abingdon rather than follow the bumpy route via Thrupp lake.

We hadn’t used Root One as a coffee stop for some time and were taken aback to find that a capucino now costs £2.79. By way of compensation, James’ enormous piece of cake was a bargain, and James is not known for biting off more than he can chew, as we watched in astonishment and admiration. 

The ride up to Cookley Green is always interesting: if you spin and ride steadily, you barely notice the climb, but racing is a different matter. On this occasion, we rode steadily. Few riders are brave enough to resist a touch of brake on the fast descent into Watlington, where the garden of  The Chequers was shady and welcoming.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Root One, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell 11am


The Chequers, Watlington 12:45pm


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

67km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

48km 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.