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Sunday ride to Thame and Ludgershall

Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 9:30am

Ride report

Having climbed up Muswell Hill a few weeks ago, this time we decided to race down the same hill. But we kept the speed to below 60k, as the surface is not brilliant and cars can come round the bends on the wrong side of the road. The climb up to Ashendon from the south also has a lot going for it (although it’s actually steeper from the north west). Just thought I’d mention that in case you are in search of good hills to test the legs. The route didn’t quite go to plan as the road from Westcott to Wotton Underwood isn’t really a road at all and we were faced with a choice. Either backtrack up the 14% climb to Ashendon or continue on and ride a couple of miles on the A41. We chose the latter and arrived at the Bull and Butcher at ETA + 1 minute. It’s uncanny how often our ride average is 19-20k (see the Garmin Connect link). Lovely weather and plenty of undulating hills. We arrived home feeling we deserved the slabs of chocolate cake (see photo) and roast lunches: the Garmin showed 2,300 calories – but we know the Garmin lies.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


The Coffee House, Thame 10:45


The Bull and Butcher, Ludgershall 1pm


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

80km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

46km 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.