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Sunday ride to Woodstock and Upper Heyford

Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 9:30am

Don't be late: clocks forward. Note updated lunch venue

Ride report

The forecast rain turned out to be little more than drizzle until the heavens opened at about 3pm with the kind of rain that has cars switch on their headlights and has rain pouring into the eyes of cyclists. Fortunately by that time we were almost home, having decided on a shortened route to an early lunch at the Barley Mow in Upper Heyford. Days in the saddle often shed light on the human condition: in this case, we learnt that naan bread, when served stretchy and elastic, is not easy to digest. We were also reminded that when 30mph winds threaten to blow you across the road, it is best to grip the handlebars at their widest point and sometimes forego the courtesy of a hand signal.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Harriet’s Cake Shop, Woodstock 11am


The Barlow Mow, Upper Heyford 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

70km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home 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.