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Sunday ride to Long Crendon and Bicester

Sunday, 24 September 2023 - 9:30am

Out to the Base Café in Long Crendon and then going mostly north along country lanes until we get to Bicester. Lunch will be had Bicester Garden Centre. Let’s hope the Christmas decorations are not for sale yet!

Ride report

Earlier in the week, the forecast had been lovely but the day started with a little drizzle and possibly causing one member to cancel their lunch booking. We cycled to Long Crendon picking up Clare in Worminghall where we had coffee in the Base Coffee shop where they had reserved a table for us. We were joined by Niall’s daughter and grandchildren who had also cycled there but only a mile. The ride to Bicester was good apart from when I took a wrong turn in Bicester. Jon took us on a slightly different route so we didn’t have to retrace our steps. Just before the garden centre, John S went off piste on a gravel track to avoid some of the bike crossings and gained a puncture! During lunch Alistair spotted a piano across the room and went over and played it for us; such a treat! After lunch we rode home into an increasing headwind.

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Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes

Start

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).


Coffee

Base Coffee, Long Crendon 10:40am

For about half an hour.


Lunch

Bicester Avenue Garden Centre, Bicester 1:15pm

For about an hour.


Finish

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

81km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

50km 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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