April 2015

8 April 2015 at 7:30 pm

Ellen writes: We’ve been (mostly) lucky with the weather for our rides in March, although wind has been a bit of a feature. Indeed our return ride to coffee at Woodstock (with City CTC) was cancelled due to winds predicted to be gusting up to 47mph! You may be interested to know that the March Stop & Stare ride was greatly enjoyed by those who took part and the votes for the best building were divided, but for worst were unanimous! We obviously know what we don’t like. I won’t spill the beans about the winners and losers, because Jane will be leading the same (or very similar) ride as our regular short ride in June and so we don’t want to prejudice the outcome! Anyway, do check out our photo site to see photos of some of the buildings visited. One of our regular riders, Liz Weekes, will be taking part in a 100km (62 mile) ride through London during the night of 6th/7th June to raise money for Sustrans and the NCN network which is 20 years old this year. She says: “If you’ve enjoyed using the National Cycle Network then help me celebrate its 20th anniversary by sponsoring my all night bike ride in London this summer. It’s on 6th June, in aid of Sustrans, & is 100 kilometres (62 or so miles) through the dead of night. Please support me in this! Thank you so much!! Liz” To sponsor Liz, go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-weekes1. Another of our regular leaders, Jane Carlton-Smith, will be riding the “Ride the Night Ride” on May 30th which is a women only sponsored ride from Windsor into central London and back in aid of Women V Cancer; http://www.ridethenight.co.uk. She is starting at 10.30pm in Windsor. Apparently there are still free slots, so if you too would like to take up the challenge contact her (janecs@phonecoop.coop) as she may be able to give you and your bike a lift in her van. If you wish to sponsor Jane then go to:  https://www.justgiving.com/Jane-Carlton-Smith1. Finally, Lucy and Alison are running another yoga workshop for cyclists on Sunday 26th April. This workshop has the theme “injury prevention”, something that I’m sure is close to all our hearts. See below for further details. Because of the Easter weekend, there is no short ride on a Saturday in April – it’ll back again in May!

Saturday 11th April. Medium ride: One-way trip to Didcot

Meet at Bonn Square at 9.45am for a 10.00 departure. We will ride along the National Cycle Route 5 from Oxford along the Thames to begin with, via Sandford, Radley and then Abingdon where we will take a coffee break in the square. Then we will continue via Sutton Courtney to Didcot. We will take the train back to Oxford. Timing needs to be rather flexible. The ride is approximately 15 miles long and fairly flat. The ride leader is Clare Farley.

Saturday 18th April. Long ride: Coffee at Cogges

Meet in Radcliffe Square at 9.45am for a 10am departure to Cogges Farm, Witney. The route will leave via North Oxford, the Oxford Canal and the A44 cycle track to Yarnton before heading on road via Long Hanborough, North Leigh and New Yatt. The return route will be via Stanton Harcourt and Eynsham. The outward journey includes about a mile of towpath (not suitable for very thin tyres) and a gentle climb through Long Hanborough to North Leigh, but coming back the roads are flat. The return trip will be approximately 28 miles and will be led by Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com).

Wednesday 22nd April. Stop & Stare ride: Station to Station

Introduction to Stop & Stare rides. Meet from 9:45am by the statue of the Ox at Oxford Railway Station ready for a 10am departure. The route is fairly flat and approximately 8 miles long. It uses some tow paths and shared cycle lane/ bus lanes (very short)  but mainly it will make use of the North Oxford cycle path, Sustrans routes and minor roads to head north from the station. We will see what progress has been made with the new Oxford Parkway Station at Water Eaton Park and Ride. The return route will be via Jericho with a refreshment stop at The Jericho Café. The ride should take approximately two hours (including refreshments) and the ride leader is Sarah Twine.

Sunday 26th April: Joint ISIS/City CTC Ride: Coffee at Abingdon

Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford in time for a prompt 9.30am departure for Abingdon. We will leave Oxford via Cumnor Hill and ride through Appleton, Fyfield, Tubney and Gozzards Ford before entering Abingdon via Shippon for coffee at Throwing Buns. The return trip will use NCN route 5 and will therefore include a few off-road sections of reasonable quality, although bikes with extra thin tyres are not recommended. The round trip will be 23 miles long and the only hill of any significance is Cumnor Hill which will be taken gently. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

Sunday 26 April. Yoga for cyclists: 2-4.45pm at St Alban’s Hall, Charles Street, East Oxford

Taking self-care and injury prevention as this month’s focus, Lucy and Alison will continue the workshop series by exploring how yoga can benefit anyone who cycles, looking at the shoulders in particular, and offering two contrasting yoga sessions suitable for all levels. We are delighted that Brita Benson will join us to give a 30 minute presentation, including hands-on bodywork, Do-In (self-Shiatsu & Acupressure), self-care tips & suggestions. Cost £20, no yoga experience needed.  Email lucy@lucytennyson.com if you would like more info or to book a place.

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