July 2015

30 June 2015 at 8:35 pm

This month we’ve again got a bumper programme of rides. These include an exploration of seven Oxford city parks, a picnic at Rousham Gardens, and public sculpture in Oxford. We have reached the final stages of our preparation for our 50 mile challenge ride in September and will also be enjoying an evening social ride to Otmoor and a ride with the Oxford City CTC to Aston Pottery.

The Isis Cyclists leaders’ group will be getting together on 22nd July to plan the next four months’ rides and other events. If you have any ideas about where you would like us to go on our rides, then please email Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk) or talk to one of the leaders group on a ride.

Friday 3rd July: Lilia’s Birthday Picnic

Meet at 5:50pm outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street 6:00pm departure, to help Lilia celebrate her birthday in style with an evening picnic at Kirtlington Quarry. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5 and 51. For people based north of Oxford, there will be a pickup point outside St Mary’s Church in Kidlington at 6:30pm. We will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon and onto Kirtlington Quarry for our picnic. Cake will be provided, but please bring vegetarian food to share. If the weather is not suitable, then there are 2 good pubs nearby!

After the picnic we will continue on unpaved road to Pigeon Lock and across the fields (on Sustrans track) to Tackley to take the train back to Oxford. Alternatively, it will also be possible to cycle back to Oxford. Please remember to bring bicycle lights, a spare inner tube and a high visibility jacket (if you have one). The cost of the single train fare from Tackley to Oxford is £3.50. The ride from Oxford to Tackley Station is around 13.5 miles and the full return journey approximately 25 miles. There will be one hill in either direction. The ride leader (and birthday girl!) is Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890731542, email lilia_bonacorsi@hotmail.com).

Saturday 4th July: Slow & Steady Seven-Park Ride

Meet by the statue of the ox outside Oxford rail station at 9.45am for a 10.00am departure. This 9-mile ride will take us through no less than seven parks, with quiet roads or cycle lanes between them. The parks are, in order, Oatlands, Grandpont, Hinksey, Florence, Cowley Marsh, South and lastly Harberton Heights. We will stop for coffee at the spacious Café Central at Brookes University. We will be on tarmac paths or roads and there is one hill which takes us up to Hilltop road which can be walked. To see the route on ‘Mapometer’ go to http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4113712.html.
The ride leader is Karen Wolff:  karen@wolffs.info.

Saturday 11th July: Medium Ride – Picnic at Rousham Gardens

Meet in Radcliffe Square, Oxford (at the back of the University Church) from 9:45am for a prompt 10am departure for Rousham. The plan is to ride north to Rousham, arriving in time for a wander around the famed early eighteen century gardens (entry fee £5) designed by William Kent and enjoy a picnic lunch. We will then ride to Lower Heyford to catch the train home (fare £4.60) at 13.15. For those who would like to stay a bit longer, there will also be an option to ride home. The route out will be approximately 15 miles long and fairly flat although one or two short hills can’t be avoided. The ride leader will be Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com; 07961 028262).

Saturday 18th July: Long Ride (40 miles) to Benson

This ride is the final ride in our series preparing for the Isis 50-mile challenge ride which will take place on Sunday 6th September. We will be heading towards Benson for lunch. Unfortunately, the ride leader, Natasha Williams, has been away and has not had time to plan the details of the route, so watch out for a further email nearer to the day.

Wednesday 22nd July: Stop & Stare Ride – Public Sculpture in Central Oxford

About our Stop and Stare rides

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 to modern. Notes will be provided. We’ll take tea at the Vaults and Gardens café. 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. Jane Carlton Smith is the leader. Contact janecs@phonecoop.coop with any questions, or telephone 07833 731253 if running late for the start.

N.B.  This ride is a shortened version of the one run in Bike Week in June 2014, so if you enjoyed that one, you may appreciate this second opportunity!

Sunday 26th June: Joint Isis/Oxford City CTC Ride to Coffee at Aston Pottery

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. However, if the weather is nice and people would like to, we can take a quieter off road route into Oxford over Northmoor Lock. We’ll decide on the day.  The round trip is approximately 30 miles.  The ride leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com; 07961 028262).

Thursday 30th July: Evening Social Ride to Otmoor

Meet at 6pm outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad St, to set off at 6.15pm for a gentle after-work cycle out of the city via Marston to Stanton St John. If the weather is fine, we’ll go down to the RSPB reserve on Otmoor for an hour’s stroll down to the hides. Back via Beckley (quick stop for a drink). I suggest you should bring a snack, and, although we are stopping at the pub on the way back, you may need a drink as well. We might be lucky enough to ride back under moonlight (full moon is the next day, making it ‘once in a Blue Moon’, when there are two in one month). The route will be about 14 miles long and there will be at least two hills (three if we go to the RSPB reserve). Bring lights and reflective gear. Ride leader is Lucy Tennyson: 0771 520 7784.


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