Rides June 2013 to September 2014

29 September 2014 at 8:49 pm

This page lists past rides in order to give you an idea of where we go.

September 2014

Please note that due to our weekend away on 6th and 7th September, the regular short and medium rides will be a week later than normal this month.

THURSDAY 11th SEPTEMBER: EVENING SOCIAL RIDE TO THE FISHES, N. HINKSEY

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street, Oxford at 6pm for a 6.15pm departure for a gentle evening potter (alas the last of the year!) to The Fishes in North Hinksey for a drink and food (if required). We will be leaving Oxford via the University Parks cycle track, Marston, North Oxford and Wolvercote before taking the road through Wytham to North Hinksey. The ride will be about 9 miles long and fairly flat. We will be using good quality cycle tracks and quiet roads (no mud!). Remember to bring bike lights. The ride leader will be Lucy Tennyson (0771 520 7784).

SATURDAY 13th SEPTEMBER: SHORT RIDE AROUND THE CYCLE LANES AND QUIET ROADS OF OXFORD WITH VISITS TO “OPEN DOORS” VENUES

This short Isis bike ride happens to coincide with Oxford’s “Open Doors” weekend so it is an attempt to provide a pleasant 7.5 mile ride with short visits to a variety of places that one would not normally be able to see.

We will meet at 9.45am for a 10.00am start outside Nuffield College in New Road, by the bike racks opposite Oxford Castle. We will be able to explore around the college then will then set off by bike along the river Thames via to Iffley where we can have a look at Iffley church with its lovely stained glass windows. From Iffley we head down Meadow Lane and cut through the back streets of East Oxford, stopping in Magdalen Road for a cup of coffee and a short visit to Magdalen Road Studios then on to the delightful little chapel (formerly leper hospital) in Bartlemas Close. After this we head up the hill in Southfield Road, cut through Brookes tennis courts, down Harberton Mead and Ferry Road to South Parks. Here we can visit the Experimental Psychology Department and learn how to keep mentally fit! From there it is a short ride to Turl Street to enjoy Exeter College’s fellows’ garden then back to Broad Street where the ‘Inner Space’ meditation centre provides a fitting end to our physical and mental exertions!

The length of this ride will depend on how long we want to spend at each venue but as all the venues are relatively close to the city centre, people can of course peel off whenever they please. We will try to keep the visits to each venue short.  If you would like to know a bit more about the planned visits, have a look at the ‘Open Doors’ web-site at http://www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk. The ride leader is Karen Wolff: karen@wolffs.info.

FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER: STOP & STARE RIDE: PUBLIC SCULPTURE IN CENTRAL OXFORD

We will meet outside the Oxford Campus Stores on Broad Street at 2.15pm, for a 2.30pm start.  Taking a circular route around central Oxford, we’ll see 10 sculptures, ranging from Victorian times to Anthony Gormley.  Notes will be provided.  We’ll take tea at the Vaults and Gardens café, behind The University Church, in Radcliffe Square.  The ride is almost completely flat and will take around one and a half hours with stops.  It can be extended for anyone living on the south east side of the city, if desired.  Contact janecs@phonecoop.coop with any questions, or telephone 07833 731253 if running late for the start.

Note:  This ride is a shortened version of the one run in Bike Week in June, so if you went on that one, you may not want a repeat.

SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER: MEDIUM RIDE

Meet in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) at 9.45am for a 10am departure to Marston, Woodeaton and Islip, returning via Kidlington and Yarnton to Wolvercote for coffee, probably at Jacob’s Inn. The ride is almost completely flat apart from a single hill between Woodeaton and Islip. It will mostly use quiet roads with a short stretch of the Oxford Canal towards the end. Total length to the coffee stop is approximately 15 miles. The ride leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com).

For a preview of the route, visit http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_3859728.html.

SUNDAY 28th SEPTEMBER: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT ANNIE’S, THRUPP

Meet at 9.15 for a prompt 9.30 am departure from outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford.  We will ride out of Oxford through the University Parks and Marston heading to Woodeaton and Islip. We’ll then climb up to Bletchingdon before descending to Gibraltar Lock. We will then ride a short distance along the A4260 before turning off to Shipton on Cherwell where we will pick up the canal towpath to Thrupp for coffee. The return route will skirt the northern edge of Kidlington to Begbroke and the A44 cycle track before once again using a short section of canal towpath to Wolvercote. The return ride will be approximately 23 miles long. There will be three short hills one of which is quite steep before coffee and the return route is flat. We will also use two sections of towpath and one other track. All have a good surface, but should the weather be bad, alternative on road routes will be taken. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk)

OTHER CYCLING EVENTS

Oxford CTC 90th Anniversary

The Oxfordshire CTC (Cyclists Touring Club) turns 90 this month! To celebrate, they are organising a variety of rides starting from the village hall in Standlake on Sunday 21st September. For more details see:

http://www.ctcoxfordshire.org.uk/rides-and-events/ctc-oxfordshire-90th-anniversary-rides.

Cyclox September Meeting

Tuesday September 16th 7.30pm
St Michael’s at the Northgate, Cornmarket, Oxford OX1 3EY
All welcome, free entry, refreshments

Carlton Reid will talk about his book Roads Were Not Built For Cars – how cyclists were the first to push for good roads and became the pioneers of motoring.

Cycling’s role in highway history was consciously downgraded – and, in some cases, deliberately deleted – when the bicycle morphed from the vehicle of rich transport progressives in the 1890s to “poor man’s transport” in the 1930s. It’s time that Victorian cyclists were given credit for what they helped bring about. Some became ardent motorists and were all too happy to forget their cycling roots, but many of the other motor pioneers continued cycling, and celebrated the shared links between transport modes that are now deemed to be worlds apart. One of those motor pioneers, well known in Oxford, and about whom Carlton will reveal interesting details in his talk, is William Morris, the bicycle shop owner who became Britain’s first motor magnate.

Edmund King, President of the Automobile Association said Carlton’s work “will break down some road ownership issues, and help promote harmony for all road users whether on four wheels or two.” Professor David Cox OBE, CTC’s chair of council said: “Roads Were Not Built For Cars is a major and original piece of work, and a significant contribution to social history. It is also an underpinning for current debates about the urban realm.”

http://www.cyclox.org

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cyclox-forum

https://www.facebook.com/Cycloxfanpage

Memorial Ride for Helen Beane

Isis Cyclists are organising a memorial ride for Helen Beane, one of our regular rides leaders who died earlier this year. Helen had a very wide interest in cycling and was involved with many cycling organisations and groups in Oxfordshire. Members of all the groups she was involved with are joining us for a celebration of the many faces of cycling on the afternoon of Saturday 18th October. More details will follow next month, but put the date in your diaries now!

Past Rides

AUGUST  RIDES –

10am SATURDAY 9th AUGUST: MEDIUM RIDE: COUNTRYSIDE & CUDDESDON : 15 mile ride
We will meet at Jacob’s Chop House (on the corner of Osler Road and London Road in Headington) at 09:45am for a 10am start, heading out to Stanton St John and cycling through Forest Hill before touching on the outskirts of Wheatley. As much as possible, we will follow country roads and quiet lanes through the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. We will pass through the pretty village of Great Milton before stopping for coffee at the Bat and Ball pub in Cuddesdon. Once refreshed, we will pass the stately buildings of Ripon College (a theological centre), before joining Sustrans Route 57 to descend to Horspath and back to Oxford. This 15 mile ride has a couple of hills, which will be taken at a gentle pace or can be walked. The ride leader is Lucy Wright. In case of queries, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk.

 11.15am SATURDAY 16th AUGUST: POP UP YOGA
Stretch out and get more out of your Isis cycling! You are invited to join Lucy for a ‘yoga for cyclists session’ outdoors by the river at Wolvercote on Saturday 16 August. Meet in the public car park (on the left before reaching the Trout and bridges over the Thames from the Oxford direction) at 11.15am. Bring a rug/mat if you can (I have several non-slip yoga mats I can lend out). Total beginners to yoga welcome. Charge £5. I am trying to see if I can find an indoor space we can use as a backup if it rains. Please let me know if you are coming, tel: 0771 520 7784.

 1.45pm SUNDAY 17th AUGUST: LONG RIDE: CREAM TEA AT COOMBE: 27 mile ride
Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown, Oxford from 1:45pm for a prompt 2pm departure for Coombe. We will head out of Oxford along cycle track to Kidlington. Here we will ride over the meadows emerging on the road to Hampton Poyle. From there we will climb the hill to Bletchingdon and coast down to Gibraltar Lock before climbing again back to and crossing the A4260. Skirting round Wootton, we’ll cross the A44 north of Woodstock and enter Coombe from the north. Apart from a short section of main road (unavoidable) the rest of the route will use minor roads and cycle tracks. After tea at the Reading Room (http://combereadingroom.co.uk/events.php) we’ll return home via Long Hanborough and Yarnton. The ride will be approximately 27 miles long and will include a couple of hills which will be taken steadily. This ride is a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are welcome. The ride leader will be Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail or 07704 590 134).

5pm  THURSDAY 21st AUGUST: STOP & STARE RIDE: SWIMMING HOLES OF OXFORD
Meet at 5pm outside the Botanic Garden on the town side of Magdalen Bridge for a very gentle potter to explore some of the swimming places of Oxford; Tumbling Bay, Dame’s Delight and Long Bridges. The ride is flat and will be taken at a gentle pace and there will be plenty of time to explore before heading off for refreshment at the Isis Farmhouse. The ride leader is Lucy Tennyson (0771 520 7784) and you are welcome to join Lucy after the ride for a quick dip in the river, bring a towel and costume.

 9am SATURDAY 30th AUGUST: ISIS 50 MILE CHALLENGE RIDE TO LECHLADE & BACK
Meet from 9am for a prompt 9:15am departure by the statue of the ox outside Oxford Railway Station. Alternatively, if you live in west Oxford you may prefer to meet us outside St Peter & St Paul’s church at the bottom of Cumnor Hill (arrival 9:25am approx) or at the top of Cumnor Hill (at the junction with Oxford Rd, Cumnor, 9:40am approx). Meeting at either of these points, you will definitely still complete 50 miles by the time you return. Please email Ellen if you intend meeting at one of these alternative pick-ups so we know you are coming and don’t sail on past!  The route will take us out of Oxford up Cumnor Hill to cross the River Thames at Newbridge before heading to Bampton for coffee. We will then continue via Clanfield, Langford and Little Faringdon into Lechlade and lunch by the river (there is a choice of pub or teashop). The return journey will take us back through Clanfield and Bampton for afternoon tea at Aston Pottery before returning to Oxford via Eynsham.

This ride is intended for those challenging themselves to ride 50 miles for the first time, so it will be taken at a steady pace and there will be a stop every 10 miles or so to stretch legs and have something to eat and drink. Please bring plenty of drinks and snacks as we will be stopping (at least!) twice along the route in addition to the coffee, tea and lunch stops. We will therefore probably return to Oxford around 5-6pm. The route is very gentle with a single hill in the morning (Cumnor Hill) and one small hill in the afternoon. Otherwise it’s flat roads all the way! The route is also entirely on road, mostly quiet country roads, but there will be a few short and unavoidable sections of A-road. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk). Please note that we have decided that this ride should be a normal Isis ride, i.e for women only.

 DON’T FORGET – LAST CHANCE TO BOOK!!!!

ISIS WEEKEND AWAY AT BRITCHCOMBE FARM NEAR UFFINGTON

6th & 7th SEPTEMBER

Contact Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com). Please note that if you intend to bring your own tent or stay in a B&B, you will need to make your own bookings, but please still let Natasha know. Lucy Tennyson will be taking tents and other gear to the campsite in her camper van. Arrangements for co-ordinating this will be made nearer the time and there will also be an evening get together a few days before to sort out other arrangements.

INFORMAL SWIMMING GROUP

A group of us – not all Isis riders – have been meeting up to find places for ‘wild swimming’ on the river in and around Oxford. If you would like to add your name to the mailing list, contact Lucy, lucy@lucytennyson.com These are not organised rides, but an email list where anyone can suggest meeting up for an outdoor swim. Friends and partners are welcome.

 

Email isiscyclistsctc@gmail.com with any questions

 

SATURDAY 2nd AUGUST: BROMPTON RIDE TO BEYOND BINSEY
The idea of this ride is to give you the opportunity to try out a Brompton from the Oxford Brompton Dock at Oxford Railway Station as suggested in last month’s newsletter. See below for details on hire. Please allow plenty of time to sort out your hire in order to be ready for the ride.  Meet at the Oxford Railway Station (by the statue of the ox) from 09:45am for a prompt 10:00am departure for a gentle ride through Osney Island, North Hinksey, Wytham and Godstow before heading towards Binsey along the River. We will ride beyond Binsey for a brief diversion before taking refreshments at the Perch in Binsey. The group will then return to the centre of Oxford along Binsey Lane. This ride will be around 8 miles in length and is flat, so it’s ideal for beginners and anyone who hasn’t been out on their bike for a while. The ride leader will be Clare Farley.

Please note that riding a Brompton is not compulsory! Other bikes and their owners are also welcome!http://www.bromptondock.co.uk/our-docks/oxford-2624/

Brompton Dock, the company that hires Brompton folding bikes out from an automated facility at the train station, has given Isis Cyclists a special offer. Join as a leisure member for £1 with the OXF2014 code and get 2 free consecutive free hire days (The 2 days free hire must be used within a week of registration)

FRIDAY 8th AUGUST: EVENING SOCIAL RIDE TO WATCH THE MIKRON THEATRE
We will meet at 6pm at the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street, before cycling up the Canal towpath to Wolvercote, where the Mikron Theatre are performing “Till the Cows Come Home” at 7.30pm.  They describe the play as – “a farm-fresh, full-fat, fair-trade fable about the nation’s favourite food!”  In other words, ice cream.  More details here.  http://www.mikron.org.uk/shows.php?details=till-the-cows-come-home. The performance is free and they ask for donations afterwards.  The play is performed outdoors and you can order food from the pub to eat before or during the play.  We will return on the Banbury Road – don’t forget your lights!  The whole trip is around 6 miles.

July past rides

SATURDAY 5TH JULY: A POTTER TO THE VICKY ARMS – 10 mile ride
Meet at the Oxford Railway Station (by the statue of the ox) from 10:15am for a prompt 10:30am departure for a gentle potter through Jericho, North Oxford and Old Marston on minor roads and (if weather permits) easy off-road tracks. Refreshments will be taken at the Victoria Arms in Old Marston and the group will then return to the centre of Oxford. This ride will be around 10 miles in length and is flat, so it’s ideal for beginners and anyone who hasn’t been out on their bike for a while. The ride leader will be Liz Matthews

THURSDAY 17TH JULY: STOP & STARE RIDE IN GREEN HEADINGTON:
Meet at 1:30pm at the entrance to Bury Knowle Park on London Road, Headington. This leisurely ride will explore some of the green areas and trees in and around Headington including Bury Knowle Park itself, Brasenose Woods and Shotover. Come and meet “The Snark Tree” and a 400 year old oak tree. The route will involve using some short bridle tracks in Shotover which will be best walked. however don’t let this put you off as there will be plenty of time to stop and admire the scenery. The ride is expected to take around 1.5 hours. The route will return to Headington for refreshments at Jacob and Fields. The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

SATURDAY 19TH JULY: RIDE TO THE WATERFRONT – 40 mile ride
Well, here we are, the last of our rides preparing for the Isis 50 mile challenge next month. Like the previous rides in the series, it is a mixed social ride, so male friends and partners are welcome.
Meet outside Woodin’s Shop (Woodin’s Lane, off Paradise Street, OX1) at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure. We will join NCN route 5 and head to Abingdon. We will then take a scenic route via Wittenham Clumps to the Waterfront Cafe at Benson for lunch (or you can bring a picnic). We will then return via Great Haseley & Cuddesdon approaching Oxford from Horsepath. The ride is mostly flat with one hill (Wittenham Clumps) in the morning and a few hills on the approach to Oxford. Make sure you bring something to eat and drink because we will probably stop for an al fresco tea stop. The ride is approximately 40 miles back to the ring road. The ride leader is Natasha Williams

THURSDAY 24TH JULY: EVENING SOCIAL RIDE: AN EVENING ALONG THE RIVER
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street, Oxford at 6pm from where we will pedal along the riverside cycle path out to Kennington and then onto Sunningwell village. We will then take a small track through to Abingdon and continue into the town centre. We will then pick up the cycle route back towards Oxford, through Radley and along the river until we reach the Isis pub for a refreshing pint or two. This is an Isis Social ride, so male friends and partners are welcome to join us. The ride is mostly flat but very gently undulating in places and around 18 miles long. The ride leader will be Sarah Spackman.

9.15 SUNDAY 27TH JULY: JT ISIS/OX CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT ASTON POTTERY: 30 mile ride
Meet at 9.15 for a prompt 9.30 am departure from outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will cycle up Cumnor Hill and through the villages to Aston Pottery for our coffee stop. We will then cycle home via Eynsham and back down towards the Botley Road. The round trip is approximately 30 miles. The ride leader is Natasha Williams

June past rides:

SATURDAY 7TH JUNE: ISIS CYCLISTS 6TH BIRTHDAY RIDES: Join one of our two birthday rides and help celebrate an amazing SIX YEARS of Isis!
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre from 11:45am for a 12 noon departure. We will ride out across the edge of the University Parks, on paths adjoining Marston and through Summertown to Wolvercote (Helen’s birthplace). From there, we’ll take the Thames towpath south to Binsey, where we will take a short detour to provide some variety (and a better surface), before rejoining the towpath at Osney Lock. We can stop at Medley Manor Farm to buy asparagus (if still available) and other produce. We’ll then head south to the Isis pub for a 2pm cakey celebration. The ride is 11 miles and will be led by Jane Carlton Smith. There are no hills (other than crossing a canal,
a railway and a river)!
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Meet at the Sheldonian from 11:45am for a 12 noon departure. Following cycle tracks, we will head out towards Kennington and take quiet roads to Sunningwell. We will ride down the track from Sunningwell through to Abingdon and head to the river. We then will return via the Farm shop at
Peachcroft, Radley village and on to the towpath, finishing at the Isis pub with other Isis cyclists for celebratory cake at around 2pm. The ride is mainly flat or gently undulating and around 17 miles long. The leader is Sarah Spackman

SUNDAY 13TH JUNE: MEDIUM RIDE:
Meet outside the Co-op supermarket on the Banbury Road in Summertown ready for a 2.00pm departure for this medium ride north of Oxford. We will set off along the cycle path through Summertown, over the bridge to Cutteslowe Park, then a short spell along the Banbury Road cycle path before turning off along the concrete tracks past the farms to Water Eaton. From there we pass
through Hampton Poyle, up the hill to Bletchingdon where we do a circuit of the lanes there before heading back down the hill towards Kidlington. We then follow the paths across Kidlington Meadows to St. Mary’s church in Old Kidlington where we can enjoy tea and home-made cakes before our return to Oxford. The ride is 19 miles in length with a hill in either direction and will be led by Karen Wolff

THURSDAY 19TH JUNE – STOP & STARE RIDE FOR NATIONAL BIKE WEEK:
A slow and leisurely tour of some of Oxford’s ‘blue plaques’ showing where the city’s most illustrious women residents once lived. Meet outside the Tourist Office in Broad Street at 6pm. We should finish about 8pm, ride leader Lucy Tennyson

SATURDAY 21ST JUNE: LONG RIDE: 35 MILE RIDE:
Today’s ride is part our preparation for the 50-mile challenge at the end of August. Meet outside
Oxford Station by the statue of the ox at 9.15am for a 9.30am start. The 35-mile route will take us into the Vale of White Horse via Cumnor, Appleton, Fyfield, West Hanney, Denchworth, Goosey, Charney Bassett, Southmoor, and back via Fyfield, Appleton and Cumnor. There will be one big
hill at the start. We’ll have an al fresco mid-morning refreshment stop (please bring your own eats and drinks for this), lunch at the Chequers in Charney Bassett, and tea and biscuits at Liz’s house in Cumnor. The ride will be mostly on quiet lanes, with one crossing of the A420 at Fyfield and a short stretch along the A417. This is a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are welcome to come too. The ride leader is Liz Matthews. http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_3859749.html

SATURDAY 28TH JUNE: EASEL RIDERS – SKETCHING AT RIPPON COLLEGE, CUDDESDON: 17 mile ride
Meet in Radcliffe Square (opposite Vaults Cafe) at 1.15pm for a prompt 1.30pm departure to Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Once there, we will choose our view – and sketch! Refreshments will be taken at the Bat and Ball pub nearby. We plan to allow around 90 minutes for sketching and refreshments and then head back to Oxford for around 5pm. No drawing skills or talent required – only enthusiasm and willingness to have a go. The Ride Leader is Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com) and the Artistic Director is Imogen Foxell. Imogen will bring some materials with her but it would be helpful if riders could bring something to lean on and paper / sketch pad and drawing implements if they have them. We will take a slightly longer route there and the direct route back to town via Horspath.

THURSDAY 12TH JUNE: EVENING SOCIAL RIDE TO THE FISHES, NORTH HINKSEY: 12 mile ride
Meet in Radcliffe Square at the back of the University Church from 7pm for a prompt 7:15pm departure. We will head for the Thames towpath at Folly bridge and then through Iffley and emerge from the Sustrans track near Sandford Lock. We will then ride to Bayworth where we will encounter the only (but steep!) hill to Boars Hill. Don’t worry, we’ll take it gently. Assuming the weather is fine, we will then pick up the track through Chilswell Farm, hopefully being able to admire views of the dreaming spires before descending the hill on road through Raleigh Park to North Hinksey and the Fishes PH. Please remember to bring lights if you are planning to stop at the pub. The route will be about 12 miles long and is best ridden on a mountain bike, hybrid, touring or ordinary round town bike because of the off-road section. This is a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are welcome to come too. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

SATURDAY 14TH JUNE: MEDIUM RIDE: 17 mile ride
Meet at 9.45am outside Costa Coffee in Summertown for a 10.00am departure to coffee at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock: a more or less flat route out via Cassington and Bladon, and back via Kidlington: http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_3859785.html. (We could allow people
time to visit the museum, and there’s also an exhibition: International Garden Photographer of the Year.) The ride leader will be Liz Matthews.

SUNDAY 29TH JUNE: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT WESTON ON THE GREEN: 22 mile ride
Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford for a prompt 9:30am departure for The Milk Shed at Weston on the Green. The outward route will be via Marston, Woodeaton and Islip. The return route will be different, returning to Oxford via Kidlington. The route will be approximately 22 miles long and will include one climb in either direction. The leader will be Lucy Tennyson .

MAY RIDES 

SATURDAY 17TH MAY: LONG RIDE: 30 MILE SOCIAL RIDE FOR TEA AT DORCHESTER ABBEY:
Meet on the northern side of Donnington Bridge, Oxford from 1:15pm for a prompt 1:30pm departure so that we will get to Dorchester at approx. 3.30pm. The route will take us along the Sustrans route, south through Abingdon to Sutton Courtney where we will ride through Appleford before picking up another Sustrans track to Long Wittenham, then Little Wittenham. We will then cross the River Thames at Day’s Lock and ride off road for about 1 mile into Dorchester. The return route will be on road, through Drayton St Leonard and Stadhampton. We will then ride direct to Little Milton before returning to Oxford via Cuddesdon and Horsepath. As this is a long ride, please make sure you are carrying a drink and some food so that we can have a short extra break along the route. The route to Dorchester is mostly on good quality tracks and is fairly flat. The shorter return route includes a couple of climbs which will be taken steadily. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk). As this is a social ride, male friends and partners are welcome.

THURSDAY 22ND MAY: STOP & STARE RIDE: ARTWEEK IN SUMMERTOWN & JERICHO
Meet at Artweek venue St Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road, Summertown OX2 7ES from 3.30pm, where six artists are exhibiting. We’ll then gather in the church garden by the entrance on Lonsdale Road for a 4pm sharp departure on our gentle ride. We will take in several venues, and a tea stop, before ending our tour at another group exhibition in St Barnabas Church in Jericho around 6.30pm. The ride leader will be Lucy Tennyson

SATURDAY 24TH MAY: STOP & STARE RIDE: ARTWEEK IN EAST OXFORD
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre, Broad St, Oxford at 1.30pm. We will use mainly quiet streets and lanes to ride south and visit sites in South and East Oxford, featuring a wide range of artwork, including Ceramics, Furniture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Jewellery and Sculpture. We can adapt our visits as we go, dependent on people’s particular interests. We’ll stop at the lovely Oxfork Café for tea and cake and the gentle ride will take about 3 1/2 hours including tea. It is led by Jane Carlton Smith janecs@phonecoop.coop / 07833 731253 (if you’re late and want to try and catch us).

SAT-MON 24TH-26TH MAY – BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH OXFORD CITY CTC IN THE COTSWOLD WATER PARK:
Oxford City CTC have recently organised a couple of very successful spring weekends away at Bourton on the Water (2012) and Yeovil (2013). This year they have invited members of Isis Cyclists to take part. The weekend will be 24th-26th May and will be based at the Second Chance Campsite at Castle Eaton near Cricklade. If camping isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of B&Bs in the area or, as it’s only an hour’s drive from Oxford, perhaps you could drive out to join us for the Sunday ride? Please book your own accommodation and then let James Dawton rides@ctcoxfordcity.org.uk and Richard Morris (chair@ctcoxfordcity.org.uk.) know that you are coming and where you will be staying. The programme for the weekend is as follows:

Sat 24th May – Meet 10am outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford for a 38 mile ride to Castle Eaton, stopping for coffee at Aston Pottery and lunch at Lechlade. The ride is fairly flat and will be at a gentle pace. There will be an opportunity to shop for food (campers) at Lechlade.

Sun 25th May – A 47 mile ride starting at 9:30am at the Second Chance Campsite, Castle Eaton. Coffee will be at Cirencester where there will be time to explore before riding onto Malmsbury for lunch. This ride will be on gently undulating country lanes. However, if there is demand, a shorter ride will be arranged (probably Ellen & Stephen Lee leading).

Mon 26th May – A 42 mile ride home on quiet and flat roads. We will start at 9:30am at the campsite and head to Shrivenham for coffee and Uffington for lunch.

SATURDAY 3rd MAY: SHORT RIDE: A SLOW SPRING SAUNTER THROUGH SECRET HEADINGTON – 8 mile ride
We will meet at outside The South Lodge, University Parks (OX13JA, corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road) for an 8 mile slow and gentle saunter around lesser known and possibly secret Headington. We will cycle through University Parks before ‘doing’ the inevitable hill – a gentle climb along 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, Headington Quarry and New Headington before stopping for coffee at the Jacobs & Field café. We will return to town by retracing our way down the hill – it always looks different from the other direction! The ride leader is Lucy Wright.

THURSDAY 8TH MAY: EVENING SOCIAL RIDE TO THE ABINGDON ARMS BECKLEY – 20 mile ride
Meet in the lay-by on the corner of Marsh Lane / Cherwell Drive in Marston (by the parade of shops). We will cycle up to Woodeaton and Islip and do the Otmoor loop to Beckley, where we will stop for refreshments (and supper if people wish to) before heading directly back to Headington. The total ride is 20 miles and we will ride at a steady 12mph pace to ensure we get to the pub in daylight and can enjoy the views. The ride leader is Natasha Williams  Please bring lights and day-glo clothing as we will be riding home in the dark. As this is a social ride, male friends and partners are welcome.

SATURDAY 10TH MAY: MEDIUM RIDE – CHERWELL VALLEY – TRAIN ASSISTED – 15 mile ride
Meet at Oxford station at 10.00am for the 10.16 train to Heyford. After the trouble we had last month, please buy a single ticket and be ready on the platform. Space out and look like you are travelling independently of each other. I won’t organise us at the station and will get people to sign in when we disembark. Any one with a folding bike might bring that. We will ride south through Kirtlington, Bletchingdon, Kidlington, Yarnton to reach Worton Organics for refreshments. Bring an empty bag if you wish to buy veg etc. We will go back to Oxford via Woodstock Road. The ride is approximately 15 miles long and fairly flat. The ride leader is Clare Farley

MARCH RIDES

SATURDAY 1st March 2014: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: A BLUE PLAQUE RIDE TO CELEBRATE OXFORD’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FESTIVAL. – 7 mile ride
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at 9.45am for a 10am departure. The Oxfordshire Blue Plaques scheme “promotes recognition and awareness of people, places and events that have been of lasting significance in the life of Oxfordshire or more widely”. Those honoured need to have lived locally for at least five years, and died 20 years ago or more. On this slow and gentle ride, we will set out to find the eight blue plaques (out of a total of thirty five) bearing women’s names in Oxford. We will use the Oxford Cycle Map to guide us along quieter roads and cycle tracks through the city. All women with bikes welcome. The ride distance is approximately 7 miles in length and the ride leader is Lucy Tennyson

SATURDAY 8th March 2014: MEDIUM RIDE: CUMNOR, COTHILL & FYFIELD – 16 mile ride
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 direction). Our destination is my house in Cumnor for (home-made) soup. Once refreshed, we will have an easy ride downhill back into Oxford. It would help me to plan the catering if people could email me during the week before the ride to let me know they’re planning to take part: liz.masterman@gmail.com. Also, if you think you might be peckish before we get to my house, do bring a ‘smackerel’ (as Winnie the Pooh would say), and we can linger at one of the regrouping points for people to replenish their energy reserves. The ride will inevitably involve climbing Cumnor Hill, but apart from that is not too hilly and is approximately 16 miles in length. The ride leader is Liz Matthews,

SATURDAY 15TH March 2014: LONG RIDE: DIDCOT HINTERLANDS – 20 mile ride
Meet at the Oxford Railway station to catch the 13.17 train from Oxford to Didcot to join up with the Wantage CTC group. We will meet them at Sainsbury’s petrol station near Didcot Station to leave at 2pm, so if you would prefer to drive or ride out to meet us we’ll see you there. The ride is approximately 20 miles going north-east from Didcot via the Wittenhams and coming back round south of Didcot. Refreshments will be taken at Savages Garden Centre in Blewbury. We will return to Didcot from the west. Please note that this is a mixed social ride, so male friends and partners are very welcome. The ride leader will be Clare Farley.

TUESDAY 18TH MARCH 2014: MAP-READING AND ROUTE PLANNING WORKSHOP
Have you ever wished you had more confidence at map reading and route planning? If so, why not join Clare and Ellen for Isis Cyclists’ workshop on the subject. Meet at 6.45pm in Quarter Horse Coffee House on Cowley Road, Oxford. Please arrive and buy your refreshments before we start at 7pm. We will be covering many aspects of interpreting maps and choosing good cycle routes. As there is limited space, please book by email with Ellen if you want to take part (ellen@133.me.uk). Ideally, participants should bring a copy of the Landranger (1:50,000) map of Oxford, map No. 164 with them. Please note, there are no toilets at the café.

2pm WEDNESDAY 19th MARCH 2014: STOP & STARE RIDE – “THE PAINTED GLASS OF OXFORD” – 5 mile ride
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 2pm. We aim to stop to view at least three different colleges/churches, time permitting, to look at stained glass windows dating from the 13th to the late 20th centuries. We will stop for tea and cakes at the Isis Farmhouse, near Iffley Village, before our final visit to see the newest work.  With stops of no more than 20 minutes (allowing for stashing bikes safely), the ride should take 2½ to 3 hours, at a slow pace, and involving some travel on the tow path between town and Iffley Village (weather permitting!). The ride length is 5½ miles from start to finish. You should be able to get home before dark. Notes on the history of the glass will be provided. The ride leader will be Jane Carlton-Smith

9.30am SUNDAY 30th MARCH 2014: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT THE RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT, BENSON – 32 miles
Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford for a prompt 9:30am departure for Benson. The outward route will be fairly direct leaving Oxford via the Cowley Rd and B480 as far as Stadhampton before turning onto the road through Newington. After a short climb, we will turn to Benson passing through Berrick Salome. After refreshments at The Riverside Restaurant we will return on a route yet to be decided. However the round trip will be approximately 32 miles and will involve climbing a couple of hills in each direction. The leader to coffee and back will be Natasha Williams,

FEBRUARY PLANNED RIDES

SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2014: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: NORTH HINKSEY – 8 mile ride
Meet at 9.45am in front of the steps at the Said Business School, Frideswide Sq, near the bike racks for a 10:00am departure. We will join the canal tow path going North to Wolvercote Green and then through to Wytham. We will return along the road to Botley and stop at the Fishes pub in North Hinksey for coffee. Our way back to the centre of town will be via Willow Walk and the Thames tow path. The ride is flat and 8 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider. The ride leader is Clare Farley. Please note that this ride will be changed, should flooding return.

SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2014: MEDIUM RIDE: BOARS HILL & CUMNOR HILL – 15 mile ride
Meet at 12 noon for a 12:15pm departure outside Woodins Shop (1 Woodins Way, OX1 1HD) near where Woodins Way meets Paradise Street. The route will take riders to Boars Hill via Kennington and return down Cumnor Hill and into West Oxford. The ride will be about 15 miles in length and will include a refreshment stop. It will also include the climb of Boars Hill which is quite long but steady and can be taken at your own pace. The ride leader is Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com).

SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2014: LONG RIDE: SEEKING SNOWDROPS IN SOUTH EAST OXFORDSHIRE – 22 mile ride
We will meet on the corner of Osler Road and London Road in Headington at 09:45am for a 10am start, heading out to Stanton St John and cycling through Forest Hill and the outskirts of Wheatley. As much as possible, we will follow country roads and quiet lanes through the rolling Oxfordshire countryside hunting daffodils. We will pass through the villages of Great Milton (of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons fame), Great and Little Haseley before stopping for a break at the Little Milton Village Shop where we can have coffee and cake or a bacon bap – perfect sustenance for a cycling brunch as we tend to arrive about 11.30am. Once refreshed, we will return via Cuddesdon where we will pass Ripon College (a centre of theological training and research), before descending to Horspath and back to Oxford. This ride is about 22 miles and has several hills, which will be taken at a gentle pace or can be walked. The ride leader is Lucy Wright; To avoid disappointment (and give the shop notice to have enough fresh baps in stock), please email Lucy by Tuesday February 11th if you would like to have a bacon bap during our coffee stop.

SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 2014: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT WOODSTOCK – 20 mile ride
Meet in Broad Street, Oxford (outside Oxford Campus Stores) for a prompt 9:30am departure for Newington Garden Centre. The ride out will be fairly direct along the Cowley Road and B480. The return trip will initially also be along the B480 before diverting through Denton, Cuddesdon and Horsepath and entering East Oxford along the Barracks Lane cycle track. The return trip will be approximately 20 miles long. The outward route will include a couple of gentle hills and the return journey will have a few short sharp hills. However as these are on minor roads they can be taken gently or even walked. The ride leader will be Helen Beane.

JANUARY RIDES 

SATURDAY 4th JANUARY 2014: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: ANOTHER WYTHAM WANDER
Meet near the entrance of the Worcester Street Car Park (at the end of George St) from 10:45am for an 11am departure. We will cycle up to join the Thames tow path and take cycle paths and minor roads to Botley, Wytham and Wolvercote where refreshments will be taken at Jacobs Inn. We will then wend our way back to the centre of town. The ride is flat and 10 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider. The ride will take approximately 2 hours and the ride leader is Natasha Williams

SATURDAY 11th JANUARY 2014: MEDIUM RIDE to ABINGDON
Meet outside the ‘Bike Zone’ shop on St. Michael’s Street from 9:45am for a 10.00am departure. We will set out along the cycle path through Grandpont then along the back roads of Kennington to the village of Sunningwell where we take an off-road path that crosses the A34 and ends up in Abingdon. We’ll stop for coffee in the market square then head back to Oxford along the Sustrans route which follows the railway line, then the river Thames. The ride is about 17 miles in length and is mostly fairly flat but with a bit of a hill up to Sunningwell. The route mainly consists of cycle paths and quiet roads but there will be an unavoidable section of relatively busy road in Abingdon. The ride leader is Karen Wolff

SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY 2014: LONG RIDE TO WOODSTOCK – 20 mile ride
Meet outside Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford from 9:45am for a 10am start. We will leave Oxford via cycle paths through Summertown and Cutteslowe and ride to Kidlington and then Yarnton. From there we will ride up the A44 on the cycle path to Woodstock where we will stop for a warming cup of coffee. We will pedal home via Bladon and Cassington and then join the A40 cycle path back to Oxford. The towpath will probably be too wet at this time of year so we will use the cycle lanes back through Jericho to the centre of town. The ride is around 20 miles in length and pretty flat and will be taken at a steady pace. The ride leader will be Sarah Spackman.

SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 2014: JT ISIS/OX CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT WOODSTOCK – 22 mile ride 
Meet in Broad Street, Oxford (outside Oxford Campus Stores) for a prompt   9:30am departure for Woodstock. We will leave Oxford through Jericho and North Oxford before picking up the cycle track along the A4165 to Kidlington where we will ride up the eastern edge emerging on the main road by the railway bridge. A short section of main road will then allow us to ride to the north of the airport, across the A4095 and into Woodstock via Hensington. The return journey will via the A44 and Begbroke Lane, into the western side of Kidlington and back to Oxford. The round trip will be approximately 22 miles and will be taken at a steady pace. The ride leader to coffee and back will be Ellen Lee

DECEMBER RIDES

FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2013: CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
Join us from 7pm in the St Aldates Tavern, Oxford for a pre Christmas social evening. Snacks will be available and the plan is to meet in the room upstairs. There’s no need to book, just turn up. However the organiser is Natasha Williams.

SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 2013: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: AN ADVENT AMBLE TO IFFLEY – 7 mile ride
Meet at 10:15 am by the statue of the Ox outside Oxford Railway Station for a 10:30am departure. Today we will be heading off towards Botley using minor roads and tracks parallel to the Botley Rd. We will then wiggle down to the South Oxford Cycle Route via a short section of river towpath. From there a meander round Rose Hill will bring us out in Iffley for coffee at the Isis Farmhouse. We’ll then make a home run along the towpath to Folly Bridge. The ride is mainly flat, with the possibility of one hill around Rose Hill and will be 6-7 miles long and should be suitable for all kinds of bikes (and riders). The ride leader will be Liz Matthews.

 SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER 2013: MEDIUM RIDE TO WORTON ORGANIC FARMSHOP – 15 mile ride
Last month’s ride to Worton was an unfortunate victim of the wet weather and only three riders (including the leader!) took part. So, to give you all another chance to enjoy the delights of the café (& wood burning stove) and to pick up wonderful veggies and maybe the odd Christmas present, we’re repeating the ride this month.  Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at the slightly later time of 10.45am to leave at 11am taking quiet roads out of the centre of Oxford towards open countryside north of the city, and across through Yarnton to Worton. We’ll take it easy on this mostly flat ride, so loading up your panniers with goodies at the farm shop (fresh bread, fruit and veg cheeses etc) shouldn’t slow you down too much on the way back. The round trip distance should be around 15 miles. The ride leader is Lucy Tennyson

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2013: ISIS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RIDE. 5 – 10 mile ride
Yes, our almost annual foray to investigate all that is tacky in the realm of Christmas lights is back on the calendar this year! Meet from 6:30pm (6:45pm departure) outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street, Oxford for a potter around some of the highlights (or low lights?) of Christmas festive illuminations. Rest assured your trusty ride leader will be busy in the coming weeks doing her research, but if you spot a light display that you feel your fellow Isis Cyclists shouldn’t miss, please let her know. The ride will be 5-10 miles long (depending on the weather) and may include the odd hill and will definitely include time to stop and stare, so please make sure you wrap up warm. We will end our ride at the Victoria Arms in Old Marston for a drink and a chat. The (possibly intrepid) ride leader will be Ellen Lee.

SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2013: LONG RIDE TO WATERPERRY GARDENS – 20 mile ride
Meet outside the Regal (corner of Cowley Rd and Magdalen Road) from 10am for a prompt 10:15am departure to Waterperry Gardens. The route will leave Oxford using the Barracks Lane cycle track, crossing the ring road and heading out to Horsepath, Littleworth and Wheatley en route to Waterperry. The return journey will take us through Great Milton and Cuddesdon before heading down the hill back to Horsepath and Oxford. The approximately 20 mile route will include a couple of hills in each direction, but is otherwise fairly flat. The ride leader will be Helen Beane.

SUNDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2013: OXFORD CITY CTC POST CHRISTMAS BRUNCH IN BICESTER – 30 mile ride
Bicester might not seem the ideal scenic post Christmas destination (unless you’re interested in the sales!) but even so, why not join the riders from the City CTC group for their traditional ride to The Penny Black in Bicester for a cheap and cheerful post Xmas brunch! Meet in Broad Street, Oxford (outside Oxford Campus Stores) for a prompt 10:00am departure. The route will leave Oxford via Marston before heading out through Islip, Weston on the Green and Wendlbury. The round trip will be approximately 30 miles. Please note that there is no coffee stop on this ride. The ride leader is Helen Beane.

WEDNESDAY 1ST JANUARY 2014 – WALK & POT LUCK LUNCH
Isis Cyclists are cordially invited to a New Year walk and pot luck lunch joint with Oxford City CTC riders. Meet at 10am at Ellen & Stephen’s house in Marston, Oxford. The plan is to go for a walk for about 1 ½ hours and then return for a pot luck lunch. Soup and bread will be provided. Please could you bring food to share and let Ellen know beforehand (a) that you’re coming and (b) what you will be bringing to eat and/or drink so that we get a good balance of food. Please note that male partners are also very welcome.

NOVEMBER RIDES

SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2013: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: SANDFORD FOOD MARKET
Meet at 9.45am at Bonn Square at the end of Queen Street for a prompt 10am departure. We will ride down St Ebbes to the river Thames towpath south to beyond the ring road and then onto the cycle path by the railway to Sandford Lock. On the other side of the river, we will take refreshments at Sandford Village Hall where the market is held every Saturday. Check out their market diary for November’s weekly themes. You can order food online to collect on the day if you wish. See website below.
http://talkingshopsandford.wordpress.com/goods-to-order/
From there we will return to Oxford via Littlemore, Rose Hill, Iffley village and Meadow Lane.

SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2013: MEDIUM RIDE TO WORTON ORGANIC FARMSHOP
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at the slightly later time of 10.45am to leave at 11am taking quiet roads out of the centre of Oxford towards open countryside north of the city, and across through Yarnton to Worton. We’ll take it easy on this mostly flat ride, so loading up your panniers with goodies at the farm shop (fresh bread, fruit and veg cheeses etc) shouldn’t slow you down too much on the way back. The round trip distance should be around 12 miles. The ride leader is Lucy Tennyson

SUNDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2013: FAST TRAINING RIDE TO WATERPERRY
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at 9.30am for a prompt 9.45am departure and we will ride out to Waterperry, where we’ll enjoy a quick refreshment stop before heading home via Shotover (weather permitting!). We will aim to keep a steady 13-15mph pace (save going up hills!) and to be back in town by 12.30pm. The ride will be approximately 25 miles and is led by Natasha Williams

SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2013: LONG RIDE – TACKLING THE TWIN PEAKS!
Meet by the statue of the bull (or ox?) outside Oxford railway station at 9.45am for a 10.00am start. We will follow the path through Oatlands Park, then Willow Walk which leads us to our first peak – Harcourt Hill. We’ll then follow a track to Hurst Lane then on to Wootton where we’ll take refreshments at the ‘Bystander’ pub. This should set us up nicely for our second peak – Boar’s Hill. We’ll admire the views from the top as we cycle past Ripon Hall then it’s downhill to Bayworth. From there it’s a pleasant coast down to the river Thames where we’ll follow the tow path back into Oxford. The ride is about 20 miles in length and the hills can be cycled/walked at whatever pace is required. The ride leader is Karen Wolff

SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2013: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CTC COFFEE AT THE MILK SHED, WESTON ON THE GREEN
Meet in Broad Street, Oxford (outside Oxford Campus Stores) for a prompt 9:30am departure for Weston on the Green. The ride will leave Oxford via the University Parks Cycle Track and Marston before heading north-east through Woodeaton and Islip, arriving at The Milk Shed around 10:45am. The return journey will use a different route which will be decided on the day and will depend on the weather. The total distance to coffee and back will be around 25 miles and the route is mostly flat, but expect a couple of hills (one in each direction). We will ride in a group at a pace comfortable for all and the ride leader will be Lucy Tennyson

OCTOBER RIDES

10.15am SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2013: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: A POTTER TO THE VICKY ARMS – 10 mile ride
Meet at the Oxford Railway Station (by the statue of the ox) from 10:15am for a prompt 10:30am departure for a gentle potter through Jericho, North Oxford and Old Marston on minor roads and (if weather permits) easy off-road tracks. Refreshments will be taken at the Victoria Arms in Old Marston and the group will then return to the centre of Oxford. This ride will be around 10 miles in length and is flat. It will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider, so it’s ideal for beginners and anyone who hasn’t been out on their bike for a while. The ride leader will be Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com).

 9.45am SATURDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2013: MEDIUM RIDE – COUNTRYSIDE & CUDDESDON – 15 mile ride
We will meet at Café Noir (on the corner of Osler Road and London Road in Headington) at 09:45am for a 10am start, heading out to Stanton St John and cycling through Forest Hill before touching on the outskirts of Wheatley. As much as possible, we will follow country roads and quiet lanes through the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. We will pass through the pretty village of Great Milton before stopping for coffee at the Bat and Ball pub in Cuddesdon. Once refreshed, we will pass the stately buildings of RiponCollege (a theological centre), before descending to Horspath and back to Oxford along the Sustrans route. This 15 mile ride has a couple of hills, which will be taken at a gentle pace or can be walked. The ride leader is Lucy Wright. In case of queries, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk.

9.30am SUNDAY 13th OCTOBER 2013: FAST TRAINING RIDE TO WATERPERRY – 25 mile ride
Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at 9.30am for a prompt 9.45am departure and we will ride out to Waterperry, where we’ll enjoy a quick refreshment stop before heading home via Shotover.  We will aim to keep a steady 13-15mph pace (save going up hills!) and to be back in town by 12.30pm.  The ride will be approximately 25 miles and is led by Natasha Williams nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 07704 590 134

2pm SATURDAY 19th OCTOBER 2013: VISITING THE MILK SHED (WESTON ON THE GREEN) – 18-20 mile ride
Meet at the Wolvercote Bathing Place Car Park (Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, OX2 8PG) at 2pm for a 2:15pm departure to Weston on the Green. We will be riding through Wolvercote and onto the Oxford Canal for a short stretch before picking up the A44 cycle track to Yarnton and on through Kidlington, Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon. Our refreshment destination is The Milk Shed at Weston on the Green. The return journey will be via Islip and Kidlington. The ride will be 18-20 miles in length and will involve climbing a single hill in each direction. For this ride we will be joined by riders from the Wantage CTC group. The ride is a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are welcome to join us. The ride leader is Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

9.15am SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2013: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CTC COFFEE AT WATERPERRY GARDENS

Meet in Broad Street at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure.  We will take a scenic route to WaterperryGardens cafe for coffee and return via Shotover.  The total journey will be approximately 25 miles.  The Wheatley to Shotover hill is longer than our usual hills but not steep and is manageable with a couple of breathing stops along the way – or you can always walk some of it.  The ride leader will be Natasha Williams nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 07704 590 134

SEPTEMBER RIDES

SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2013: A WYTHAM WANDER – 10 miles
Meet in Radcliffe Square – outside Vaults Café / St. Mary’s Church at 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm departure.  We will cycle up to join the Thames tow path and take cycle paths and minor roads to Botley & Wytham, where we will stop for afternoon tea in the village store Tea Garden.  We will then continue on our way to Wolvercote and use cycle tracks to return to Radcliffe Square via Walton Street and Broad Street.  The ride is flat and 10 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider.  The ride will take approximately 2 hours and the ride leader is Natasha Williams 

SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2013: MEDIUM RIDE, BICESTER TO BRILL (TRAIN ASSISTED) – 20 miles
This will be a train-assisted ride of about 20 miles. Meet at Oxford railway station for the 11.00 train to Bicester Town. Buy a return ticket.  We will leave Bicester via the East through Marsh Gibbon and Ludgershall, approaching Brill via the gentler side to the North. We will have a pub lunch in Brill and return via roads to the South of the M40, possibly using a piece of bridleway. We will take the train back at either 14.18 or 15.28, which ever fits with our timing. The ride leader will be Clare Farley. Please email her so she knows to look out for you at the railway station:

SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2013: LONG RIDE TO FYFIELD – 24 miles
Meet at 9.45 am for a 10.00 start by the statue of the Ox outside the railway station for this long ride through the villages west of Oxford. The ride starts with a steady climb up Cumnor hill but once we reach the top the rest of the ride is either flat or downhill and takes us through the pretty villages of Cumnor, Appleton, Fyfield and Sunningwell along quiet country lanes. Refreshments will be taken at the ‘Doghouse’ pub in Frilford. We join the Sustrans route for our return to Oxford following the river Thames past the ‘Isis’ pub if anyone feels the need for another drink or snack! The ride, at about 24 miles, is slightly longer than our usual long rides but the pace will be the same as a normal long ride. The ride leader is Karen Wolff

SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2013: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CTC COFFEE AT COGGES FARM, WITNEY – 29 miles
Meet in Broad St, Oxford outside Oxford Campus Stores for a 9.30am departure to Cogges Farm on the SE edge of Witney. The route will leave via North Oxford and the A44 cycle track to Yarnton before heading on road via Long Hanborough, North Leigh and New Yatt. On entering Witney we will use cycle paths to skirt round the edge of the town to Cogges Farm. The return trip will be via Stanton Harcourt and Eynsham. The outward journey includes a gentle climb through Long Hanborough and onto North Leigh, but the return journey is flat. The return trip will be approximately 29 miles and will be lead by Ellen Lee

AUGUST RIDES

SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST 2013: A SLOW & STEADY RIDE AROUND THE HINKSEYS WITH VIEWS OF OXFORD – 9 mile ride
Meet at the Oxford railway station (at the statue of the bull) from 9:45am for a 10am departure for this 9 mile ride. We will cycle through the Oatlands Recreation Ground to the North Hinksey A34 underpass. The ascent of Harcourt Hill can be taken at your own pace or walked, and we will all be rewarded with views of Oxford (hopefully). We will then follow deserted countryside lanes and tracks past Chilswell Farm with more views before meeting the Hinksey Hill road. We will make our way to the A34 cycle track and make a detour to the Garden Café at the South Hinksey Garden Centre for a welcome coffee and cake.  After the break, we will rejoin the A34 cycle track escaping from the traffic as soon as possible to the peace of North Hinksey village and the cycle track through the southern side of the Oatlands Recreation Ground. The canal towpath will take us back to town. The leader will be Lucy Wright, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk in case of queries. Please note that due to rough ground and loose stones on the Chilswell track we do not recommend riders use bikes with skinny tyres.

SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST 2013: MEDIUM RIDE FOR COFFEE AT THE GREYHOUND, BESSELSLEIGH – 12 mile ride
Meet from 10:45am for an 11am prompt start from the Oxford railway station (the statue of the bull) for this 12 mile round trip. We will ride up Cumnor Hill and through Cumnor village to the Greyhound at Besselsleigh for coffee. The return trip will be via Wootton and over Boars Hill returning to the centre of town along the Abingdon road before taking Sustrans route 5. The ride will include two substantial hills. However, these can both be taken at your own pace or walked if necessary. The ride leader will be Helen Beane. (helenbeane@btinternet.com)

SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST 2013: CREAM TEA AT COOMBE – 27 mile ride
Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown, Oxford from 1:45pm for a prompt 2pm departure for Coombe. We will head out of Oxford along cycle track to Kidlington.  Here we will ride over the meadows emerging on the road to Hampton Poyle.  From there we will climb the hill to Bletchingdon and coast down to Gibralter Lock before climbing again back to and crossing the A4260. Skirting round Wootton, we’ll cross the A44 north of Woodstock and enter Coombe from the north.  Apart from a short section of main road (unavoidable) the rest of the route will use minor roads and cycle tracks. After tea at the Reading Room (http://coombereadingroom.co.uk/events) we’ll return home via Long Hanborough and Yarnton. The ride will be approximately 27 miles long and will include a couple of hills which will be taken steadily. This ride is a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are welcome. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

SATURDAY 31ST  AUGUST – SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER – ISIS WEEKEND AWAY TO STREATLEY
Positively the LAST CHANCE to sign up for our annual weekend away which this year will be at Streatley on the river Thames in the south of Oxfordshire. Contact Helen Beane (helenbeane@btinternet.com) for more details. There will also be a train assist out to meet up and ride back with the weekenders on Sunday 1st September. For more details nearer the time contact Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

SATURDAY 6th JULY 2013: A SLOW SUMMER SAUNTER AROUND SECRET HEADINGTON FOR 2013 – 8 mile ride

SATURDAY 13TH JULY 2013: MEDIUM RIDE TO STANTON ST JOHN AND HORTON CUM STUDLEY – 15 mile ride

TUESDAY 16TH JULY 2013: AN EVENING RIDE: LOOKING DOWN ON THE DREAMING SPIRES – 14 mile ride
Meet at 6:15pm for a prompt 6:30pm start in Radcliffe Square, Oxford (behind the University Church) for a 14 mile evening ride taking in the wonderful views of the city from Boars Hill. We will leave Oxford along the towpath to Sandford Lock and then ride on minor road to Bayworth where we will climb the sharp (but happily short) hill up to Boar’s Hill. Take the hill at your own pace and walk if you prefer, there’s no hurry. From there we will coast down to pick up the Chilswell track across country (off road) to Cumnor Hill. From here we will descend into North Hinksey, stopping at The Perch in Binsey for refreshments in the garden (hopefully, weather permitting!). The route will include some off-road track which has a loose surface in places, so a road bike with thin tyres is not suitable.  The ride leader will be Ellen Lee.  Please remember to bring lights if you intend stopping at the pub. Note this ride is a mixed social ride, so male friends and partners are very welcome to join us. 

SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013: TEA WITH JANE – 25 mile ride
Meet 9.45am for a prompt 10am start outside the Sheldonian in Broad Street for a 25 mile round trip to Jane’s Tearoom on the canal at Kirtlington, an Isis favourite! The outward route will exit Oxford via minor road and track north through Cutteslowe before continuing through Kidlington, Hampton Poile and Bletchingdon to Kirtlington. The return route will be different (and interesting!) and may involve some tracks and/or towpath depending on the weather conditions. The ride will be taken at a steady pace and will involve climbing approximately one hill in either half. As usual this can be taken at your own pace. The ride leader will be Natasha Williams

SUNDAY 28TH JULY 2013: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CTC – COFFEE AT ASTON POTTERY – 25-30 mile ride
Meet in Broad St, Oxford outside Oxford Campus Stores for a 9.30am departure to Aston.  The route will head to Aston through the flat countryside of south-west Oxfordshire and return via a different route. In all, the ride will be between 25 and 30 miles in length and mostly flat, but do expect the odd hill! The ride to and from coffee will be lead by Natasha Williams.

WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE 2013: AN EVENING RIDE ROUND OTMOOR – Please remember your lights! – 20 mile ride

Meet at 6pm for a prompt 6.15pm start outside Café Noir, on the corner of Osler Rd and London Rd, Headington.  We will be riding an anti-clockwise loop around Otmoor, arriving for refreshments at the Abingdon Arms, Beckley after about 15 miles.  From there it will be about 6 miles back into Oxford. The ride is mostly flat, but there will be a couple of hills to tackle.  As usual, these can be ridden or walked at your own pace. Please remember to bring lights if you are intending to stop at the pub, because it will be getting dark by the time we leave. The ride leader will be Natasha Williams.

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