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Sunday ride to Stanford in the Vale and Uffington

Sunday, 25 June 2023 - 9:30am

It is time to do the Mince Pie ride in the summer again. Unfortunately this lovely ride was cancelled before Xmas due to the icy weather. So now is our opportunity to do it in the summer. The only hill is Dragon Hill and that can be avoided or walked or cycled as leisurely as you like. Hopefully the weather will be nice and we can picnic in Uffington again but, if not, I will try to book a local pub just before we go.

Ride report

The weather was wonderful for our ride up to the top of Dragon Hill. It was hot but a headwind was unusually welcomed and made it much more bearable. Being so sunny, the views were great. We had coffee at the cafe in Stanford in the Vale and most of us stocked up on picnic items at the Co-op next door which we took up to the top of the hill for a picnic which we had at a bench on the edge of the car park in the shade. James and Matthew had 99s from an ice cream van parked in the car park. Then a very helpful tailwind saved our legs all the way home. It was a proper summer’s ride with no need for extra layers to be carried and most of us stopped at the Botley centre on the way back for an ice cream to help with our final legs 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

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

Stanford Coffee Shop 11:15am

For about half an hour.


Lunch

(To be arranged) 12:30pm

Picnic in Uffington, park by the village shop.


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

75km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

56km 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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