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February 2015

Saturday 7th February: Short & Steady

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 February’s weekly themes. You can order food online to collect on the day if you wish. From there we will return to Oxford via Littlemore, Rose Hill, Iffley village and Meadow Lane. The ride flat ride is 9 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider, so please don’t be shy if you’ve not been on a bike for a while. The ride leader is Clare Farley.

Saturday 14th February: Medium Ride: Romantic Ride for Valentine’s Day

Come with your Valentine to the statue of the ox opposite Oxford station: 9.45am for 10 o’clock start. We’ll head out along the Botley Road and up through Cumnor, Besselsleigh, Dry Sandford and Shippon to Abingdon. Coffee will be at Throwing Buns in the Market Place. We’ll return via Radley, Kennington and the South Oxford cycle path, disbanding at Folly Bridge after a total of 19 miles. The ride will include one climb, Cumnor Hill, but is otherwise fairly flat. The ride leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail. com).

Wednesday 18th February: Stop & Stare Ride: The Painted Glass of Oxford

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 1.30pm.  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 Oxfork café in east Oxford, after 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 towpath 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, but please bring lights, just in case.  Notes on the history of the glass will be provided. The ride leader will be Jane Carlton-Smith,; phone 07833 731253 if running late.

Saturday 21st February: Long Ride: Searching for Snowdrops

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 snowdrops and or daffodils (depending on how cold the winter has been!). 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 or sausage 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 or undulations, which will be taken at a gentle pace or can be walked. The ride leader is Lucy Wright; her email is in case of queries. To avoid disappointment (and give the shop notice to have enough fresh baps in stock), please email Lucy by Tuesday February 17th if you would like to have a bacon or sausage bap during our coffee stop.

Sunday 22nd February: Joint Isis/Oxford City CTC Ride to Coffee at Waterperry

Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford in time for a prompt 9.30am departure for Waterperry Gardens. The route will leave Oxford via Temple Cowley and Garsington before descending Ladder Hill into Wheatley and continuing onto Waterperry Gardens. The return trip will be via Worminghall, Stanton St John and returning to Oxford via Elsfield and Marston. The return trip will be 25 miles and will involve climbing two hills in the outward and one in the return direction. The pace will be steady but not too fast. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (

Saturday 28th February at St Alban’s Hall, Charles St, Ox4, 2.30-5pm

Workshop: Stop, Stretch, and Cycle How to warm up and stretch, and use yoga, to make your cycling easier and kinder on the body. Workshop being run jointly by yoga teacher and Isis ride leader Lucy Tennyson and yoga teacher and cyclist Alison Partridge.  We’ll do some gentle yoga to warm up, and offer a sequence of deeper postures to really stretch you for that next bike ride. Isis member Ellen Lee will be on hand to check your riding position and saddle height to make sure you are not putting unnecessary stress on your body. Our aim is to offer you an enjoyable day whatever your level of fitness. Cost £20 (£15 concessions) Refreshments will be included. To book your place email or call 0771 520 7784. See also


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