March 2015

2 March 2015 at 9:40 pm

Ellen writes: Isn’t it wonderful that the nights are so much lighter! Further signs of spring were in evidence on the Isis long ride last month where, in addition to the snowdrops we were seeking, we also saw crocus, primroses, daffodils and sheep that looked as though lambs aren’t that far away.  Later this month, the regular Isis leaders will be getting together for my favourite planning meeting of the year. The one where we get to think about summer! We’ve got some ideas, but if there is a place you’d like to visit, a teashop we haven’t visited (unlikely, I know!) or a favourite ride that you’d like to do again, please do email me (ellen@133.me.uk) and we’ll see if we can incorporate it into our schedule.

Saturday 7th March: Short & Steady: West Oxford to Wolvercote

We will meet at 9.30 am for a prompt 9.45am departure outside the Woodins Shop (where Woodins Lane and Paradise Street meet – OX1). The route will mostly be off road, on cycle paths or on quiet back roads. We will head towards Botley via the tow path and  Willow Walk and pick up the lane that runs alongside the A34 to Wytham. We will then cycle along to Wolvercote where we will stop for refreshments at the Jacobs Inn before heading back into Oxford via Jericho. This is a short, slow ride more or less flat and we will go at the pace of the slowest rider. The ride will be no longer than 10 miles and will return to Oxford around 11.30am. The ride leader is Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 07704 590 134).

Saturday 14th March: Medium Ride: A Classic Oxford 360 Degrees

Join us for a ​360 degrees tour of Oxford following towpaths, alleyways, cycle paths and the occasional quiet road or crossing. We will ride in a clock-wise direction starting in the centre of town. Meet outside the Bike Zone cycle shop in St. Michael’s Street at 9.45am for a 10.00am departure. We will head down to the canal and follow it up to Wolvercote (avoiding the section that is currently being re-surfaced unless it is open by then!). From Wolvercote we will wiggle through Summertown on to the Marston Ferry cycle path and then through the back streets of Marston to Headington Hill which we will climb using Harberton Mead. From there we cycle through a bit of the Brookes campus, over the bridge towards the tennis courts and South Park. We then have a nice downhill swoop to join the Barracks Lane cycle path which leads us up to Cowley Marsh. Then it’s through the Florence park area to Iffley village which leads us to the Thames cycle path. We’ll stop for coffee at the Isis pub before returning to Oxford along the river towpath. The ride is approximately 13 miles back to the centre of Oxford. The ride leader is Karen Wolff: karen@wolffs.info.

Wednesday 18th March: Stop & Stare Ride: Diamond Or Carbuncle? – You Decide

A tour of some of the newest examples of modern architecture in Oxford.  We will visit a selection of developments by both universities, plus one or two others.  The ride is about 8 miles and will include one short steep hill (near the beginning and can be walked) and one insignificant hill.  We’ll take tea at the Vaults and Gardens Café, and vote for the best and the worst architecture.  Meet at 1.30pm, on Magdalen Bridge, on the left side as you go out of town, just before the roadworks.  We should be back in central Oxford before it gets dark, but bring lights in case of dull weather.  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).

Saturday 21st March: Long Ride: A Circuit of Otmoor

As we had to cancel this ride in January and we all love it so much, we’re giving it another go on the spring equinox! It’s a  23 mile clockwise route around Otmoor. Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford from 9.45am for a 10am departure. We will cycle out of Oxford through Marston towards Islip, and then head off  round the “Seven Towns” of Otmoor: Beckley, Noke, Oddington, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Fencott, Murcott and Horton-cum-Studley. Bring a snack, as, although we will stop for coffee, bar food may not be available. There are a couple of hills, and we will take it at a steady, not fast, speed. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson; tel: 0771 520 7784.

Sunday 29th March: Joint Isis/City Ctc Ride to Coffee at Woodstock

Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford in time for a prompt 9.30am departure for Woodstock. The route will leave Oxford via the University Parks and Marston and will continue to Islip before swinging generally northwest to Bletchingdon, Enslow and Woodstock. The return trip will take us through Bladon and Eynsham, and we will re-enter Oxford from the west at Botley. The round trip will be about 27 miles at a steady pace (not too fast!). The outward route will involve three climbs: from Woodeaton to Islip, into Bletchingdon, and away from the river and canal at Enslow; however, the return route will be more benign! The ride leaders will be Liz and Guy Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com).

Other Events

Yoga for Cyclists

If you missed the yoga for cyclists workshop in February, then don’t despair because Lucy Tennyson is giving a talk on the subject to Cyclox at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th March. The venue is St Michael in the Northgate. See the Cyclox website for more details.

Team Beryl Event

Team Beryl is presenting a series of talks by inspiring women cyclists for International Women’s Day, and we’d love to invite members of the Isis Cyclists along. The event information is here.

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