June 2015

1 June 2015 at 9:35 pm

Sculpture at Bothy Vineyard (Isis ride, 30th May 2015). Photo CC BY Liz Matthews

Sculpture at Bothy Vineyard. Photo CC BY Liz Matthews

Isis Cyclists celebrate its 7th birthday on 6th June. As usual we will be celebrating with the aid of cake, so why not join us on 6th June for a tour of modern architecture in Oxford and a picnic on Port Meadow? Looking at the June calendar of rides, we’ve got a real variety in store. Ellen is particularly looking forward to leading her first Stop and Stare ride, visiting wildlife sites within the City. However, there’s lots more on offer, so we hope you find something to tempt you out.

June also means National Bike Week. This year it runs from 13th-21st June and there will be lots of bicycle-related events and rides. To find out what’s happening in Oxford, visit http://www.oxfordbikeweek.co.uk/events/. The national site, for events around the country is http://bikeweek.org.uk/events/.

Saturday 6th June: Slow & Steady Anniversary Ride Diamond or Carbuncle – You Decide

For Isis’ 7th birthday, we will be repeating the Stop and Stare ride which we ran on a weekday in March.  This went down very well, and so we wanted to give more people a chance to enjoy it.

Meet at 11.15am, for an 11.30am start, on Magdalen Bridge, on the left side as you go out of town, where the pavement is widest.  We will take a tour of some of the newest examples of modern architecture in Oxford, visiting 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).  We’ll have a picnic on Port Meadow, so please bring some snacks and something to drink (the leader will provide cake).  There will be a couple of stops after the picnic, but those who live north may well to miss these and depart from the Meadow.

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.

Thursday 11th June: Evening Social Ride to the Isis Farmhouse

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 Isis 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 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.  From Boars Hill, we’ll enjoy riding down to Bayworth (instead of up, as is usual on our rides!) and make our way back to the Sustrans route to the river and back along the towpath.  The ride is 9 ½ miles and you need to be able to carry your bike over the railway bridge, with help from others if needed.  Partners are most welcome on this ride and, as mentioned, it’s not particularly 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

Saturday 13th June: Medium Ride To Cuddesdon Via Shotover

Meet 9.45am, for 10am start outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street, Oxford.

We’ll take it easy on this medium paced ride, heading out of the city through Headington, soon leaving the traffic behind as we climb the hill over Shotover (where you can get off and push at any time) then seeking out quieter country roads to skirt Wheatley. After Great Milton we go on to Cuddesdon where we stop for coffee at the Bat and Ball pub. We return via Horspath, coming back to the city centre via Temple Cowley.

The ride will be 15 miles long and will involve the sharp climb to Shotover Country Park and the track across Shotover Plain. This is suitable for all bikes providing it’s been dry. If the track is wet, you are recommended not to use bikes with thin road tyres. The ride leader is Lucy Tennyson tel: 0771 520 7784

Saturday 20th June: Long Ride to Stanford in the Vale

This ride, at 35 miles, is a little longer than our normal long ride as it is part of the Isis group’s preparation for a 50 mile ride later in the summer. It follows quiet roads and lanes with a couple of unavoidable crossings of busy main roads. Once we are at the top of Cumnor Hill, the ride is more or less flat.

Meet by the statue of the ox at Oxford Rail Station at 9.45 for a 10.00 am departure; we will set off up Cumnor Hill, then cycle through the pretty villages of Appleton, Longworth, Hinton Waldrist and Pusey before arriving at Stanford-in-the-Vale for a late coffee and cake or an early light lunch at the ‘Huddle Stanford’ cafe. Our return route takes us through Charney Bassett, Fyfield, Cothill and Sunningwell before heading down to the Thames tow-path which brings us back into Oxford. There are two opportunities for a tea stop on our way back, depending on the wishes of the group.

The ride leader will be Karen Wolff karen@wolffs.info. To see the route details on Mapometer,  go to http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4044568

Tuesday 23rd June: Stop and Stare Ride: Oxford’s Secret Wildlife

About our Stop and Stare rides

Meet at 12.45pm for a 1pm departure outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Sreet, Oxford to explore a varied selection of Oxford’s little known wildlife sites.

We will leave Oxford City centre via the University Parks cycle track, passing through a section of Marston Meadows SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) before visiting our first site proper, Milham Ford Nature Park. We will then climb up to Headington (at a sedate pace!) to Rock Edge, another SSSI. Our final visit will be to the Lye Valley, part of which is SSSI and part Local Nature Reserve. At all three sites we will have a chance to wander around and see what wildlife we can find. If you have binoculars, it would be good to bring them.

We will finish the trip by having tea at another of Oxford’s well kept secrets; The Oxford History Centre in Temple Cowley. We will return to the town centre along the Barracks Lane Cycle track. The ride will be about 9 miles in length and will be very gentle-paced and the ride leader (and wildlife guide) will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

Sunday 28th June: Joint Isis/Oxford City Ctc Ride To Coffee At Ramsden Garden Centre

Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford, in time for a prompt 9.30am departure for Ramsden. We will leave Oxford via the A44 cycle track and Yarnton. We will then ride through Long Hanborough, Coombe, Stonesfield and Finstock. The return journey will take us through Ramsden, Delly End, North Leigh, Freeland and Church Hanborough, before returning to Oxford using the cycletrack along the A40. The ride will be taken at a steady pace and just a bit faster than a normal Isis long ride. It will include some climbing, but all hills can be taken gently and it’s worth it to get into the lovely Cotswold countryside and villages.

The round route to coffee and back will be approximately 32 miles long and cakes, snacks and meals are available at the Ramsden Garden Centre. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

Other Cycling Events In June

Thursday 18th June: Stop & Stretch Workshop – A ‘Pop-Up’ Yoga Special in the Park for Bike Week

Lucy Tennyson and fellow cyclist and yoga teacher Alison Partridge offer an evening session that will include warm ups, a short bike ride, and post-ride stretching in the park near Cheney School in Headington. We’re joining forces with Oxford Brookes Osteopathy Clinic for a Q&A advice session afterwards. Meet 6pm (for a choice of slow or medium paced rides towards Old Headington and Shotover) at the gate at the top of Cheney Lane. We regroup at 7pm (where you could join us later) in the park for post-ride stretching before going indoors for yoga and osteopathy advice. Bookings in advance (cost £15). For more info or bookings www.lucytennyson.com; tel: 0771 520 7784.

News From Team Beryl

Thanks to funding from the Big Bike Revival, we are able to offer free admission to Beryl’s Night on Thursday 4th June. This month, we’ll cover general maintenance and upkeep, which is great if your big bike is in need of revival!

We’ll be pitching the information to all levels, so even if you already keep your bike in great shape, there will be something for you!

Come and join us at Oxford’s only evening for women and transgender folk to talk bike maintenance and get our hands dirty.

Thursday 4th June 18:00-21:00 at The Broken Spoke Bike Co-op, The Gates, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1PB.



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