Monthly Programme

Bicycle cappuccinoWelcome to Isis Cyclists CTC! We publish details of our rides month by month. The current month’s rides appear below this introduction, and you can also browse previous months in order to gain an idea of where we go and what we get up to. To see an outline programme for up to four months ahead, visit the Looking ahead page.

We aim to start each ride promptly, and so we encourage people to meet 15 minutes before the advertised start time in order to welcome new riders, catch up with familiar faces and sign the riders’ list.

If you’re new to cycling with a large number of other people, you may find our tips on group cycling helpful. We welcome you to email isiscyclistsctc@gmail.com with any questions (although please be patient, as we only check our inbox once a week or so). And you can also follow us on Facebook.

 

18 August 2016 at 8:38 pm

August 2016

Ellen writes… Last month’s rides all had good weather which was fantastic. Hopefully the trend will continue into August where we have some more great rides including a new short ride route visiting 9.5 parks and open spaces in Headington and Marston! That must be the highest park to mile ratio we’ve ever managed. Our team of ride leaders have been busy because there’s a new stop and stare ride on offer too; an exploration of Oxford’s working past. Old favourites such as Abingdon, Otmoor and cream tea at Coombe haven’t been forgotten though.

At our last Isis leaders’ get together we discussed the observation that numbers on our short and steady rides have been declining. As we haven’t carried out any active publicity for a while, we’ll be getting going on that again. If you have any thoughts and comments on the short and steady rides do let me know as we do really value your input. Let us know whether you think occasional Sunday short rides are a good idea or perhaps you would you prefer a greater variety of start times etc.

Two other events in which you might be interested in are:

  • Tour de Potholes on Sunday 14th August, , organised by Cyclox. The idea is to record as many of Oxford’s potholes as possible (they shouldn’t be stumped for lack of raw material!). You can either join the main event or record potholes individually: visit the Cyclox website for more information. I’m sure we’ve all got our particular “favourites”!
  • Cycling Picnic and Treasure Hunt on Sunday 18th September, organised by Oxfordshire CTC. The event is based at the village of Standlake, south of Oxford. More information is on the Oxfordshire CTC website.

Happy pedalling!
Ellen

Check our photo site for all the latest pictures taken on our rides! 

SATURDAY 6th AUGUST: SHORT & STEADY RIDE – GOING GREEN IN HEADINGTON & MARSTON

Meet from 10am for a prompt 10.15am start outside The South Lodge, University Parks (OX1 3JA, corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road). (Note the slightly later start to accommodate the pub opening time).

Join us on this slow and gentle 8 mile ride to discover the green and leafy spaces of Headington and Marston. – some have manor houses, some have secrets and others you may have passed many times and not even realised that they were there. The challenge will be to name all of the parks during our coffee break at the Victoria Arms in Old Marston, while relaxing by the banks of the River Cherwell – hopefully in the sunshine!

The other lesser challenge will be the hill that has to be climbed to get us to Headington. Of course, our route will be green and leafy, and as always, this can be taken at a gentle pace or walked if you prefer. We will always wait.

After coffee, we will return to the starting point in town or disperse from Old Marston, depending on the group. The ride leader is Lucy Wright, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk in case of queries.

SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST: MEDIUM RIDE – AN AMBLE TO ABINGDON

Meet at 10.45 am for an 11am departure by the tourist information office in Broad Street, Oxford. From the town centre we will follow cycle route number 5 to Kennington then on to Sugworth Lane towards Sunningwell. There we will pick up Pen Lane which will take us off road to Abingdon where we are going to have our lunch/ refreshment stop at Throwing Buns.

We will return following route number 5 via Radley then along the river all the way to Oxford city centre.

Please note that very thin tyres are not suitable for this ride as it includes some bumpy, off road path. Please also remember to bring with you a spare inner tube that fits your bike tyre.

The ride leader will be Lilia Bonacorsi lilia_bonacorsi@hotmail.com, 07890731542

TUESDAY 16TH AUGUST: STOP & STARE RIDE – OXFORD’S WORKING PAST

On this flat ride around central Oxford, we will visit former industrial and commercial buildings that have been converted into housing.  We’ll note the shift from 19th Century industry to residential accommodation, reflecting the industrial decline that we’ve seen in our lifetimes and the huge and unmet demand for housing in the city.

We will meet in Radcliffe Square, opposite the Radcliffe Camera, outside the Vaults & Gardens Café, at 13.45hrs for a 14.00hrs departure. The ride is 5 miles long and mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths, to avoid the crowds.  It should take 1 ½ to 2 hours, with stops.  We’ll have tea at Manos Café in Walton Street.

The ride leader will be Jane Carlton Smith – janecs@phonecoop.coop.  If running late, ring me on 07833 731253.

SUNDAY 21st AUGUST: LONG RIDE – CREAM TEA AT COOMBE

Meet at 1:15pm for a 1:30pm departure outside Costa Coffee on the main Banbury Rd in Summertown for our annual pilgrimage to Coombe for cream tea. We will head north on quiet roads and tracks to Kidlington from where we will pick up a short section of off-road track, Begbroke Lane. This brings us out on the A44 cycle track for about 3 miles before we reach Woodstock. There we pick up Sustrans route 5 for a mile or so before turning north and west towards Coombe. After our cream teas in Coombe’s historic “Reading Room” we will head back to Oxford via East End and the Hanboroughs. The approach to Oxford will be along the A40 cycle track, although if you are heading south and west of Oxford, you may prefer to divert through Eynsham. This is a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are very welcome to join us. The ride is approximately 25 miles in length and moderately hilly, but all hills can be taken at your own paced or walked if necessary. The Begbroke Lane off-road section is suitable for all bikes. However, the off-road section north of Woodstock is probably not suitable for bikes with very narrow tyres. However an on-road alternative is available so don’t be put off. The ride leader will be Liz Weekes.

TUESDAY 30th AUGUST: EVENING SOCIAL RIDE

Meet at 6pm for a 6.15pm departure outside The South Lodge, University Parks (OX1 3JA, corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road). Tonight’s ride will explore some of the villages and countryside around Otmoor. If the weather preceding the ride has been dry, then we will ride to the Otmoor RSPB Reserve via Elsfield and Beckley. Once there we will take a bridle path to the small Hamlet of Noke before returning to the Victoria Arms in Old Marston for a drink and some food. If the bridle path is not dry, we’ll ride a different on-road route ending up at the same destination. The ride will be approximately 15 miles long and will involve climbing a couple of hills, but only at your own pace. This is a mixed social ride, male partners and friends are very welcome to join us. As the nights are starting to draw in, remember to bring lights with you.

Please note that very thin tyres will not be suitable if we ride the bridle path option. I will send out a separate email a few days beforehand letting you know what I plan, so that you can choose the right bike for the ride. The ride leader is Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s Beryl’s Night, please visit: http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

2 August 2016 at 12:04 pm

July 2016

Ellen writes… We’ve had another somewhat varied month’s weather. Given the amount of rain that’s fallen, I think we’ve done very well with only our evening social a victim of the weather. Fourteen us enjoyed the Isis weekend away, and miraculously we only had about 10 minutes of rain the whole weekend! Saturday evening turned out to be gloriously sunny and Sunday was also pretty good, with a little light rain just as we got home. The campsite outside Charlbury worked out very well with riders able to camp, glamp or B&B. Thanks to the ride leaders for some excellent routes on lovely Cotswold lanes.

This month we have another varied programme of rides including a visit to the FAI farm at Wytham, a Shakespeare ride and a ride to help Liz M & Liz W celebrate their significant birthdays in 2016. All we need is the sunshine…fingers crossed.

By the way, the Isis Cyclists leaders’ group will be getting together later this month to plan the next 4 months’ rides. So if there is somewhere you’re burning to visit or revisit, then please do get in touch with me and I’ll add it to our “suggestions” list.

SATURDAY 2ND JULY: SHORT & STEADY RIDE TO THE FAI FARM WYTHAM

Meet at 10.15 am for a 10.30 departure at the junction of Parks Road and Norham Gardens just by the entrance to University Parks. We will ride up through North Oxford towards Wolvercote, then on to Wytham where we have the opportunity to be given a short (20 – 30 mins approx) tour of the FAI farm. We will be able to see how the egg grading room works, have a look at the garden that is worked by adults with special needs, and see some of the animals that are organically reared.

We’ll then continue on to North Hinksey where we’ll stop for refreshments at The Fishes, then return to Oxford via Willow Walk. The ride is 11 miles in length and is more or less flat. The ride leader is Karen Wolff – karen@wolffs.info

THURSDAY 7TH JULY: STOP & STARE RIDE: A RIDE WITH THE BARD

This month we have a Shakespeare themed ride to mark the occasion of the bard’s death 400 years ago. It will give cyclists the opportunity, after the ride, to view a major exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries and share any memorable quotes or comments about the bard with one another.

We will meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at 09.45hrs for a 10.00hrs departure. It is envisaged that the ride will be approximately 6 miles long and about an hour duration, taking a route along the cycle-paths and the Thames towpath in Oxford City. The ride will end where we started to allow riders to enjoy the ‘Shakespeare’s Dead’ exhibition at the Weston Library.

Coffee or early lunch can be taken in the Weston library cafe. Please bring any Shakespeare quotes, verses or stories if you would like to ‘stop and share’.

The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

SATURDAY 9TH JULY: MEDIUM RIDE: STRAWBERRY RIDE

Meet in Radcliffe Square, Oxford (at the back of the University Church) from 9.45am for a 10.00am departure. We’ll leave Oxford along the Cowley Rd and Barracks Lane. We’ll then head to Horspath and Wheatley before riding a short section of the A40 cycle track and turning up the B4027 through Forest Hill to Stanton St John and the Rectory Farm PYO. We can enjoy tea at the Country Café, browse the farm shop and pick some soft fruit. Strawberries will definitely be available and hopefully also raspberries. We’ll return home via Elsfield and enter Oxford through Marston. The ride is 15 miles long and will include a couple of hills which can be taken at your own pace or walked. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

SATURDAY 16TH JULY: LONG RIDE: LIZ & LIZ’S BIRTHDAY RIDE

Come and help Liz & Liz celebrate their significant birthdays this year. Their age is related to the length of the ride, but alas, not in miles, in kilometres!

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad St, Oxford from 9.45am for a 10am start. The route (http://www.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4341759) takes us out via Cumnor, Charney Bassett and Goosey to the very foot of the Berkshire Downs and villages such as Uffington, Kingston Lisle and Sparsholt. The return route will take riders through Stanford in the Vale, Pusey and Hinton Waldrist before returning to Oxford through Cumnor, stopping for tea at Liz M’s house. Cunningly, the ride is also the last in our series of long rides preparing for the 50 mile challenge on September 3rd.

The mid-morning coffee stop will be al fresco, with the opportunity to purchase snacks in Kingston Bagpuize (or bring your own). Lunch will be taken at a pub in one of the Vale villages (which one will probably depend on timing, but is likely to be in Uffington). The ride is mainly flat once Cumnor Hill has been conquered. There is just one other notable hill in the vicinity of Kingston Lisle and the whole ride is just under 40 miles long.

The joint leaders and birthday girls are Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com) and Liz Weekes.

WEDNESDAY 27th JULY: RURAL EVENING SOCIAL RIDE

After our June ride washout we’re hoping for better luck this month! We will cross the river and a lake, ride across meadows, through the fields and back to the river, finishing at the Perch pub for refreshments.  Starting from Radcliffe Square (outside the Vaults & Gardens Café), we will cross Hinksey Lake and the railway line, before heading through South Hinksey Village and up towards Boars Hill on the bridleway.  The track can be a bit rough and is not ideal for road tyres, but it can easily be walked.  We’ll then traverse the Chilswell Farm track before descending to Willow Walk and making our way to the Perch.  We’ll return via Port Meadow and the canal towpath and the ride is just over 11 miles (see the route at http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4326716.html).  Partners are welcome on this ride and, as mentioned, it’s not suitable bikes with thin road tyres.

Meet at 6.15pm, for a getaway at 6.30pm.  The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith.  Any queries to janecs@phonecoop.coop or ring me on the day if wanting to join, but running late.  07833 731253. N.B.  We will need to carry our bikes over the railway bridge, but can help each other if necessary.

SUNDAY 31st JULY: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CYCLING RIDE TO COFFEE AT COGGES FARM, WITNEY

Meet at 9.15 for a prompt 9.30 am departure from outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will explore the countryside to the west and south-west of Oxford. The route will be mainly flat, but be prepared for the odd hill along the way.  We will leave Oxford to the north via the Canal, Yarnton, Long Hanborough and Eynsham. Refreshments will be taken in Witney (Cogges Farm, hopefully) and the route back may feature some off-road riding depending on the weather and the preference of the group. The ride leader will be Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com). The ride will be a little over 30 miles.

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s Beryl’s Night, please visit http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

26 June 2016 at 12:00 pm

June 2016

Jane writes… Hello Everybody, This month I’ve been recruited as deputy editor, as Ellen is away. Hoping for lovely June weather, we have an action-packed schedule on offer, including our weekend away. We’ll send a separate email with final details for the weekend, which takes place from Friday evening 17 June to Sunday 19th. There are still two places available in the PODS if anyone would like to sign up now. In the meantime, you can refer back to our group email sent on 2 February, with details of the rides and accommodation (and see below).

Lucy Tennyson has kindly offered to transport kit, including tents, to the site on the Friday and to bring it back on Sunday. However, she is on holiday from 9 to 14 June, so please make arrangements to deposit your belongings at her house before she leaves. I think you can then take them to her between 15 and 17 June. Contact Lucy at lucytennyson@gmail.com.

We have two rides and one event that are part of Bike Week this month, to which all are welcome. Do spread the word to friends and colleagues.

Happy pedalling,
Jane

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE TO SANDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 09:45 am for a 10:00 am start. We will head out of the centre down St Ebbes, using the footbridge to cross the Thames and dropping onto the riverside path. From there we follow the river all the way to Sandford via Iffley. We might encounter a few puddles so mudguards and thicker tyres recommended! We’ll return via Rose Hill and Donnington Bridge and the Iffley Road. The coffee stop is at the farmers market in Sandford Village Hall. The ride is fairly flat and 9 miles long. We will arrive back in the centre of town 1pm at the latest. Ride leader Lilia Bonacorsi tel: 07890 731542.

SATURDAY 11 JUNE: MEDIUM RIDE TO AFTERNOON TEA AT ANNIE’S, THRUPP

This ride is part of Bike Week. Meet outside the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm departure to Annie’s for afternoon tea. The route will be mostly on cycle paths, bridle paths & quiet roads, and will be about 16 miles long, taken at a social pace (11 mph). The ride leader is Natasha Williams nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 01865 723 760.

THURSDAY 16 JUNE: WOMEN GET PEDALLING

Part of Bike Week, this event is aimed at encouraging women to try cycling. Do tell friends, relations, colleagues etc who want to find out more about cycling about it.

Meet outside West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road (on playing fields next to tennis courts) from 5.45pm to start at 6pm. Free to all women.

Programme

  • 6pm Introduction to Isis women’s cycling group
  • 6.15pm How to stretch for better pedalling (warm up/stretching)
  • 6.45pm Safer cycling: short ride and tips on road positioning
  • 7.30pm How to adjust your bike for your height and reach
  • 8pm: social drink in nearby pub
  • Website https://isiscyclistsctc.wordpress.com/

Contact: Jane 01865 423741 / Lucy 0771 5207784

FRIDAY 17 JUNE TO SUNDAY 19 JUNE: WEEKEND AWAY NEAR CHARLBURY

Our venue is the Cotswold View Campsite, which is located a couple of miles outside Charlbury.

Friday 17th June: Meet at 17:15 outside M&S in Summertown for a 17:30 departure for the campsite. The route will be 17-20 miles in length and will take us to Charlbury and on to the campsite which is located a mile or so north of the town just off the B4022. The plan (once we are sorted out) is to have a “bring and share” picnic, so please bring something to contribute to this. If you don’t want to carry it all the way, then we can stop to buy food in Charlbury. The route will include a few hills which will be taken steadily. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee. If you can’t make the ride out then why not come later by train or car?

Saturday 18th June: After a leisurely breakfast (you can book a farmhouse breakfast at the campsite shop on arrival, price £7.50 pp) you will have a choice of 2 rides:

  • A 35-40 mile fairly hilly ride to the Rollright Stones stopping for an early evening meal at around 6pm (venue tbc). The ride leader will be Natasha Williams.
  • A shorter 20-25 mile ride which will explore some less hilly countryside. It will either meet up for supper with the rest of the group or eat elsewhere, depending on the route chosen. It will be a leisurely ride with plenty of chance to stop and look at things. The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

Sunday 19th June: After another leisurely breakfast, we will pack up and head for home. The route home will be less direct than the route out and will include a lunch stop and possibly a visit in the afternoon to Combe Mill which is in steam that day. The ride leader will be Liz Weekes. We will aim to be back in Oxford by 5pm.

TUESDAY 21 JUNE: STOP AND STARE RIDE: COMMUNITY WILDSPACES

Meet from 2.45pm (for a 3pm start) by the statue of the Ox outside Oxford Railway station for an afternoon exploring some wildlife sites and green spaces which have heavy community involvement. We’ll start by riding up the Oxford Canal to visit The Trap Grounds with its reed bed, ponds and quiet wooded areas. We will then continue on road and cycle track to Wolvercote Lakes, a very recent addition to Oxford’s green spaces, thanks to a generous bequest and the involvement of the Preservation Trust. Finally we will visit the Wolvercote Community Orchard with its many historic varieties of fruit trees. We’ll then have refreshments in Wolvercote, probably at the Jacobs Inn, before returning to town. If the weather allows, we’ll return along the towpath which give fantastic views across Oxford’s biggest and probably oldest green space of all, Port Meadow. The ride will take 2-3 hours including refreshments and is fairly flat. Why not bring a pair of binoculars? We’ll have the chance to stop and look for birds etc from hides and screens. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE: RURAL EVENING SOCIAL RIDE

Hoping for a lovely June evening, we will cross the river and a lake, ride across meadows, through the fields and back to the river, finishing at the Perch pub for refreshments.  Starting from Radcliffe Square (outside the Vaults & Gardens Café), we will cross Hinksey Lake and the railway line, before heading through South Hinksey Village and up towards Boars Hill on the bridleway.  The track can be a bit rough and is not ideal for road tyres, but it can easily be walked.  We’ll then traverse the Chilswell Farm track before descending to Willow Walk and making our way to the Perch. We’ll return via Port Meadow and the canal towpath and the ride is just over 11 miles (see the route at http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4326716.html). Partners are welcome on this ride and, as mentioned, it’s not suitable for road tyres.  Meet at 6.15pm, for a getaway at 6.30pm.  The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith.  Any queries to janecs@phonecoop.coop or ring me on the day if wanting to join, but running late.  07833 731253

SUNDAY 26 JUNE: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT RAMSDEN GARDEN CENTRE

Meet from 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure for Ramsden Garden Centre. Our route will take us out of Oxford along the Botley Rd and to Eynsham crossing the Toll Bridge. We’ll then cross the A40 and head along Cuckoo Lane to meet the A4095 and the cycle track to North Leigh. We’ll then descend the hill to New Yatt and Ramsden before arriving at the Garden Centre. Our return route will take us through Finstock and Wilcote before returning to the A4095. We’ll then follow the cycle track for a while before turning to Freeland and Church Hanborough. We’ll end up on the A40 at Eynsham and the group can split either returning along the A40 cycle track or via Eynsham and the Farmoor Rd. The ride is all on road or surfaced cycle track and includes a few short but steepish climbs which can be walked or ridden. The return trip will be approximately 31 miles and the ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s Beryl’s Night, please visit:
http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

27 May 2016 at 7:51 pm

May 2016

Ellen writes… We had some interesting rides in April – and some interesting weather too! Our short and medium rides enjoyed blue sky and sunshine (though not, alas warmth!). However the Stop & Stare ride and the long ride to Jane’s tearooms enjoyed moments of extreme sogginess! You can see the contrast for yourself in our photo gallery on Google+.

I spent a week cycling through the New Forest, mainly on forest tracks and minor roads. As it was term time, the forest was very quiet and I got to see lots of wildlife from my bike including an adder. It hissed magnificently at me, so I was glad to be able to put my bike between me and it!

This month we have our usual varied mix of rides. Something for everybody, hopefully. Although the weather isn’t yet committed to summer, we are, because we are starting both our regular evening pub rides and our preparation for our 50 mile challenge by starting to lengthen our long rides.

SATURDAY 7th MAY – SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: EXPLORING SOME OF OXFORD’S PARKS

Meet by the statue of the ox outside Oxford rail station at 10.00am for a 10.15am departure. This 9-mile ride will take us through no less than seven parks, with quiet roads or cycle lanes between them. The parks are, in order, Oatlands, Grandpont, Hinksey, Florence, Cowley Marsh, South and lastly Harberton Heights. We will stop for coffee at the spacious Café Central at Brookes University. We will be on tarmac paths or minor roads and there is one hill which takes us up to Hilltop road which can be walked. To see the route on ‘Mapometer’ go to http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4113712.html. The ride leader is Karen Wolff:  karen@wolffs.info.

TUESDAY 10TH MAY – STOP & STARE RIDE: OXFORD ARTWEEKS

It’s Artweeks in Oxford when local artists throw open their homes and studios to the public. Our slow and gentle morning Stop & Stare ride will begin outside the Sheldonian in the centre of town, and take the canal part way and then the road to Lower Wolvercote. We’ll head to Jacob’s Inn for coffee, and then spend a little time at some Artweeks exhibitions in the village. There are eight all close by.

Meet outside the Sheldonian at 10.15 to leave 10.30am. Ride length maximum an hour each way.

Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 07715207784

SUNDAY 15th MAY – MEDIUM RIDE: WORTON WIGGLE

Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown at 1.45 for a 2pm departure to Worton Organic Farm for tea. Because the cafe closes at 4 we’ll go straight there, via the Oxford Canal and Yarnton. Feel free to stock up on veg too, but don’t fill your panniers too full: most of the ride will be after Worton. We’ll then explore some of the country roads between the A40 and the A4095, taking in Church Hanborough and Freeland. We’ll return via Eynsham and the B4044 over Swinford Toll Bridge, dispersing at Botley. People who live in North Oxford can peel off at Eynsham if they wish and return via the A40 cycle path. The total distance is about 18 miles and there are no hills worth mentioning. The leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com; 07961 028262). This will be a social ride; partners of all varieties are welcome!

SATURDAY 21ST MAY – LONG RIDE: ARTWEEK IN SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE

We begin our sequence of longer rides over the summer with a 30 mile jaunt, our target Ewelme, a delightful small village, where the local pottery is open for Artweeks, with a range of artists showing their work. However, we will take our time, and stop off at one or two Artweeks venues. We will ride out via Gt Milton and Chalgrove and come back via Berrick Salome, Newington and Stadhampton, meeting in Headington outside Jacobs and Field, 15 Old High Street, Headington, so you can buy snacks for the ride, or at nearby Waitrose. First we start with the A40 cycle track to Wheatley to get out of the city quickly, before looping down through a string of pretty villages east of the city, returning to the city mid-afternoon. There are some gentle hills.

Meet 9.45am for 10am start at Jacobs and Field, 15 Old High Street, Headington. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 07715207784

SUNDAY 22nd MAY JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT THE FLOWERPOT CAFE, LONG CRENDON

Meet in Broad Street (near Oxford Campus Stores) at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure.  We will head out of Oxford via Barracks Lane and the steep Gidley Way hill (which can be walked, if necessary) and take the quiet roads through Wheatley, Worminghall and Shabbington before arriving in Long Crendon for our refreshment.  We will return on a nice long loop via Boarstall, Otmoor and Islip (plenty of options to shorten the ride if the weather is inclement!).  The ride will be a bit hilly but will be taken at a steady pace with plenty of views and downhill sections to distract us!  The ride will be 32 miles back to the ring road (Marsh Lane) and the ride leader is Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 01865 723 760).  You can download the route here:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13470166

THURSDAY 26th MAY – EVENING SOCIAL RIDE TO THE FLOWING WELL, SUNNINGWELL

Meet in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) from 6pm for a 6.15pm departure. We’ll take a slightly circuitous route to get to the pub (the Flowing Well in Sunningwell), via Kennington and Radley, roughly 10 miles, and come back in a more direct way (about 5 miles to the centre of Oxford). The ride is mainly flat, no real hills. This is a social ride, so male friends and partners are welcome to join us. Don’t forget to bring lights in case the ride back is in the twilight. The ride leader is Liz Weekes. 

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Beryl’s Night at Broken Spoke

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s Beryl’s Night, please visit http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

CYCLOX Event on  24th May: Laurie Taylor, City Centre Manager

Oxford’s City Centre Manager, Laurie Taylor, will tell us about her experience during her first two years in post and what plans there are for the future, no doubt also including the Westgate Centre. This is a great chance to understand the workings behind the scenes in Oxford’s historic centre.

The meeting is being organised jointly with OxPA, so please note the earlier start time and different venue. 7pm, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates.

4 May 2016 at 8:52 pm

April 2016

Ellen writes… I hope you all had a very good Easter break and, like me, are now hoping to feel the sun on your back. It seems as though it’s been a long, dark, wet and windy winter and some consistently warmer weather feels very overdue.

April sees the return of our monthly midweek Stop & Stare rides with a brand new route exploring some of Oxford’s more interesting trees. Over the summer look out for more stop & stare rides with a variety of themes including Artweeks, architecture and wildlife.

The Isis ride leaders got together last month to plan the summer ride schedule and we hope you will find it enticing. In May we will be starting our monthly summer evening pub rides and our long rides will also start to get longer in preparation for our 50 mile challenge ride which this year will be on Saturday 3rdSeptember and will find us heading to Northamptonshire for a change.

Happy pedalling!

SATURDAY 2nd APRIL: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: AN 8 MILE POST-EASTER SAUNTER ROUND SECRET HEADINGTON

Dust off your bikes, oil your chains, remember a rucksack or pannier for carrying home some Portuguese goodies and join us for the first short Isis ride after Easter!

We will meet at 09:45am for a prompt 10am start outside The South Lodge, University Parks (OX1 3JA, corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road) for an 8 mile slow and gentle ride around lesser known and secret Headington. We will cycle through University Parks before ‘doing’ the inevitable hill – a gentle climb past the big houses on the tree-lined Harberton Mead, which is by far the easiest route to Headington! We will explore the quiet cycle lanes and residential streets of Old Headington and Headington Quarry.

If we have a dry day, we may visit the CS Lewis Nature Reserve in Risinghurst. Thought to be the inspiration behind the Narnia classic, this tranquil woodland and pond once belonged to CS Lewis, and is now managed by BBOWT. Either way, we will be stopping for coffee and a Portuguese egg tart (pasteis de Nata) and/or some other scrumptious cake at the local Portuguese café, AKA Madeira Supermarket.  After coffee, we will return to either ‘downtown’ Headington or the starting point in town, depending on the group. The ride leader is Lucy Wright, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk in case of queries.

SATURDAY 9th APRIL: MEDIUM RIDE: BLUEBELL RIDE

Meet in Radcliffe Square (behind the University Church) at 10am for a 10.15am departure on a ride which will take us over Cumnor and Boar’s Hills before descending through Bayworth and Sunninghill and onto our refreshment stop at Sandford Lock. On the way, we’ll pass Bagley Wood where we hope to stop and admire the bluebells. We’ll leave central Oxford along the Thames heading to North Hinksey. We will then climb up the back of Cumnor Hill (steeper but shorter than the main road). Once at the top, we will descend gently to Dry Sandford before turning off through Wooton and Old Boars Hill. After another short and steep climb, we’ll stop to catch breath and admire the views of Oxford from Jarn Mound. We will then descend to Bayworth and Sunningwell before riding along the edge of Bagley Wood. The ride is approximately 16.5 miles round trip back to town and refreshments will be taken after about 12.5 miles. The ride includes 2 steep climbs, but don’t be put off. We will take them at a gentle pace and there’s no problem if you prefer to get off and walk. All the climbs are on quiet roads. The ride leader (and chief bluebell hunter) will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk)

TUESDAY 12th APRIL: STOP & STARE RIDE: THE INTERESTING TREES OF OXFORD

Meet on Magdalen Bridge, on the left hand pavement heading into Oxford, at 1.45 pm for a 2 pm start. This slow and gentle ride will focus on interesting trees in the grounds of colleges and will be based on Sophie Huxley’s book “Oxford Trees”.  We will visit at least four different college gardens and Holywell Cemetery if the weather is nice, and if we are lucky, we may get to see the magnificent fritillary display in Magdalen College Park.  There will be no entry fees for local residents, however if you have an Oxford University or Alumnus card, it will do no harm to bring it with you.

The ride will be less than 5 miles long and will take around 2 ½ hours. We will have tea in Walton Street, or the Vaults and Gardens café, depending on where we end up. The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith 07833 731253.  You can email janecs@phonecoop.coop if you need any more detail, as the exact itinerary will be available nearer the time.

SATURDAY 16h APRIL: LONG RIDE: TEA AT JANE’S ENCHANTED TEA GARDENS

Meet in Broad street in front of the Tourist Information Office at 10.45am for an 11.00am start. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5/51. It will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon and onto Kirtlington then onto the track down to Jane’s Enchanted Tea Gardens near Pigeon Lock).

The return journey is via Tackley and Woodstock, returning to Oxford down the A44 cycle track. This route includes several sections of off-road tracks. Most have a good surface (in the dry) but there is one section just before Tackley Station that is probably not suitable for bikes with very narrow road tyres.

This route (which is approx. 26 miles long) does include a couple of hills in either direction which can be taken at your own pace or walked. The ride leader is Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890731542, email lilia_bonacorsi@hotmail.com).

PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming on this ride, please let Lilia know by14th April because the tearoom is very popular and she will need to book to avoid disappointment.

SUNDAY 24th APRIL: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT WOODSTOCK

Meet at 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure from outside the Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will leave through Jericho and North Oxford and take the more direct route to Woodstock, if conditions allow. The return journey to Oxford will be longer and more scenic traveling along country roads and cycle paths as much as possible. The entire trip will be approximately 20 miles, will be taken at a steady pace and is relatively flat. The ride leader to coffee and back will be Lucy Wright (lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk).

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s event, please visit the Beryl’s Night websiste.

 

30 March 2016 at 8:19 pm

March 2016

Ellen writes… Not the greatest weather in February! We ended up having to cancel one ride due to high winds and rain and shorten a second one. Our long ride to Tackley did go ahead as planned with 6 riders braving wind, rain and mud! They were rewarded with a great selection of hearty and warming food at the community café. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this month we have some warmer (less cold?) and calmer conditions so that we can concentrate on enjoying our riding? We’ll see!

Be sure to read to the bottom of this newsletter because there are details of cycling related activities organised by Broken Spoke and Cyclox plus news of another yoga workshop.

The Isis Cyclists leaders’ group will be meeting in the middle of March to sort out the programme for the summer. As usual, we will be running our ‘short and steady’ and medium length rides. Our long rides will be building up for our 50-mile challenge ride in early September. Our midweek ‘Stop & Stare’ rides will be getting under way again in April, exploring within the ring road. We’ll also be including some summer evening rides. If you have any ideas for a new destination or would like to return to an old favourite, please do email me and we’ll try to fit it in the schedule (ellen@133.me.uk).

In the meantime I hope the sun shines and the wind stops blowing and that you’ll join us on one of our March rides.

SATURDAY 5th MARCH: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: SANDFORD ON THAMES

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 10:15 am for a 10:30 am start. This slow and gentle trip to Sandford on Thames and back is an ideal way of getting back into the saddle after winter, or venturing out on your first Isis ride. Mostly flat all the way, we will head out of the centre down St Ebbes, using the footbridge to cross the Thames and dropping onto the riverside path. From there we follow the river all the way to Sandford via Iffley. We might encounter a few puddles so mudgards and thicker tyres recommended! We’ll return via Rose Hill and Donnington Bridge and the Iffley Road. The coffee stop is at the farmers market in Sandford Village Hall. The ride is fairly flat and 9 miles long. We will arrive back in the centre of town 1pm at the latest. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 0771520 7784

Note: For an ideal warm down and stretch after the ride, Lucy will be leading a yoga and tai chi workshop for cyclists in Oxford from 2-5pm afterwards in East Oxford (see bottom of this newsletter for more details)

SATURDAY 12th MARCH: MEDIUM RIDE: CUMNOR AND LOOPING BACK VIA BESSELSLEIGH, COTHILL AND FYFIELD FOLLOWED BY SOCIAL LUNCH

Meet by the statue of the ox opposite the entrance to Oxford station at 9.45am for a 10.00am start. We will pedal up Cumnor Hill in a leisurely manner and into the village. From there, we will take a circular route through Besselsleigh, Cothill, Tubney, Fyfield, and Appleton (or maybe the other way round, depending on the wind). Our destination is Liz’s home in Cumnor for a bring-and-share lunch. Once you’re refreshed, it’s an easy ride downhill back into Oxford. The ride will inevitably involve climbing Cumnor Hill, but apart from that is more or less flat and is approximately 16 miles long to Liz’s house. This is a mixed social ride, so male friends and partners are welcome. The ride leader is Liz Matthews.

Note from Liz about catering: I will provide home-made soup for all, and we ask each person to bring a contribution to share: bread (eg rolls or a baguette), a salad, or cake. The ride passes my house after about 5 miles, so we’ll stop briefly to offload the food.

To help with the planning, please can you contact me during the week before the ride to let me know you what you’d like to bring: liz.masterman@gmail.com or 07961 028262. Also, if you think you might be peckish en route, bring a snack and we can linger at one of the regrouping points for people to replenish their energy reserves.

SATURDAY 19h MARCH: LONG RIDE ** Change of meeting point **

Meet in Marston, outside the Co-op store (in the  row of shops in the slip road opposite the BP garage by the small roundabouts) at 9.45am ready to set off at 10am. We’ll be looking out for the first signs of spring on this circular route around the pretty villages of Otmoor, which is popular with many local cycling clubs. We won’t be racing round however, but going at a steady pace, allowing time for the hills (only a couple) as many of us will be lacking strength in our legs at this time of year (me included!). We will cycle out of the city through Marston towards Islip, and then head off through Oddington, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Fencott, Murcott and Horton-cum-Studley, with a break for coffee and snacks at the Panshill Wood Fishery. The ride length 22 miles. The ride leader will be Lucy Tennyson tel: 0771 520 7784.

SUNDAY 20th MARCH: JOINT ISIS-OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO ASTON POTTERY

Meet in Broad St near Oxford Campus Stores for a prompt 9:30am departure for Aston Pottery. The route to Aston will lie south of the Thames, going up Cumnor Hill and taking the back road through the villages to Hinton Waldrist, then crossing the A420 to continue through Pusey. We’ll then turn north to re-cross the A420 and ride through Buckland, down the hill to Tadpole Bridge; thence to Cote and Aston. Return will be via a the more familiar route through Stanton Harcourt and Eynsham. This will be a very long ride by Isis standards: 20 miles to Aston and 15 miles back to Oxford, but it will take in some pretty lanes that we don’t normally get to explore. Cumnor Hill is the only substantial climb on the outward route. (If the weather forecast is breezy, the outward route may go via Standlake instead.) The ride leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com).

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s event, visit the Beryl’s Night page of the Broken Spoke website.

Stop, Stretch and Go! Saturday 5 March

Isis ride leader Lucy Tennyson will be joined by fellow cyclists Alison Partridge and Ann Furtado (one of the co-founders of Isis) for a Stop, Stretch and Go! Yoga and tai chi workshop. The aim is to help cyclists learn how to stretch out fully after their chosen activity. This helps boost recovery, and tones up muscles ready for the next ride or activity. Ann will lead an introductory session on how tai chi can help maintain flexibility. The workshop will begin with a gentle warm up and stretching using yoga postures. This will be followed by a contrasting session of stronge vinyasa flow yoga, with gentler alternative stretches as an option.

The workshop is on Saturday 5 March, at St Alban’s Hall, Charles St, East Oxford from 2-5pm. Cost £20/£15 students. Email yoga@lucytennyson.com to book a place.

Cyclox Short Film Competition

Cyclox Cycling Shorts. Wednesday 9th March, Short film competition screening!: FREE!, 6.45pm (for 7.00pm start) to 8.00pm, Keble College, O’Reilly Theatre, Oxford OX1 3PG – please enter via Blackhall Road. Screening of all 24 film entries, prize giving, and commentary and feedback by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz and Chair of Cyclox Simon Hunt. You can link to all the entries from our short film competition page. Please note: entry is free, and the venue capacity is 181 people, so please arrive promptly to ensure you get a seat!

 

28 February 2016 at 9:40 pm

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