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Sunday ride to Waterperry and Cuxham

Sunday, 1 December 2019 - 9:30am

Please book lunch before 6pm Friday

A slightly undulating but mostly flat route. A mostly tarmac track after Thame which was OK when we used it previously, then skirting the edge of the Chilterns with a short, flat ride back after lunch.

Ride report

James’ report

A cold but quite dry day, with a stiff north breeze. A roundabout route to coffee, some of us seeing a normal looking pheasant but with a white head near Beckley. Jackie met us at coffee having been delayed by a “shoes issue”. Note, if you use waterproof socks, you don’t notice when your shoes are wet – until the next time you put them on, so after using waterproof socks, check your shoes for wetness!.

After coffee there was a puncture in Shabbington, where a committee of 5 evolved :

  1. Feeler for sharp objects around the inside of the outer tyre
  2. Sorter outer/putter away of the old tube
  3. Pump provider
  4. Pumper upper
  5. Puncture victim, doubling up as wheel remover/refitter.

Suprisingly, there was no general offerer(s) of “helpful advice”.

After eventually getting the back wheel on, it was found the tyre had quite a cut in it, so the wheel fitting process was repeated and a £5 was used as a tyre boot. The off road section was quite an acceptable surface. With good views across the the Chilterns, and also to the west we continued to Pyrton where another puncture occured (another less financial tyre boot required), so 4 continued to lunch, with the remainder joining us a bit later. A good lunch at the Half Moon in Cuxham was had, and all ordering/payments went smoothly this time.

After lunch was an uneventful run back into Oxford.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


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).


Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry 10:45am

For about 45 minutes


The Half Moon, Cuxham 1:00pm

For about an hour.


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

73km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back 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.

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