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Sunday ride to Waterperry and Ickford

Sunday, 14 April 2013 - 9:30am

Ride report

The leader gathered us together to explain his “plan”. We needed to get to coffee quickly (due EAST via Horspath) since the ride on to lunch was longer than usual and included the climb to Brill. We set off obediently and briskly. Puzzlement turned to bewilderment as we found ourselves travelling due NORTH, towards Marston. It’s not our place to question: the leader surely knows best. Only someone as experienced and senior as James could quietly suggest a “minor adjustment” to the route. All pretensions to leadership now extinguished, and back on track, we arrived predictably late for coffee. You might think that all went smoothly thereafter. Not so. Three punctures and a burst tyre later, Jo had to push her bike to a (fortunately) nearby pub while the leader, to make amends, volunteered to sprint the final 10 miles home to pick up his car. All’s well that ends well.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry 10:15am


The Rising Sun, Ickford 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

69km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

26km 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.