October 2015

1 October 2015 at 7:29 pm

SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER: SHORT RIDE AND STEADY RIDE – A SHORT AUTUMN SAUNTER AROUND SECRET HEADINGTON

We will meet at 09:45am for a prompt 10am start outside The South Lodge, University Parks (OX1 3JA, corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road) for an 8 mile slow and gentle ride around lesser known and possibly secret Headington. We will cycle through University Parks before ‘doing’ the inevitable hill – a gentle climb along tree-lined Harberton Mead, which is by far the easiest route to Headington! We will explore the quiet cycle lanes and residential streets of Old Headington and Headington before stopping for coffee at the Portuguese café in Risinghurst (Madeira Supermarket).  We will return to town by retracing our way down the hill – it always looks different from the other direction!… The ride leader is Lucy Wright, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk in case of queries.

SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER: MEDIUM RIDE TO WHEATLEY WINDMILL

A chance to visit to one of Oxford’s last working windmills. Meet outside the University Church on High St, Oxford at 13:15 for a 13:30 departure.

Wheatley Windmill dates from the 18th century and has been restored to full working order by volunteers, who now mill flour and bake a delicious range of cakes. It opens to the public several times a year, and we will join them on their last opening of 2015. We will cycle out of the city via Marston to explore first the Beckley area, and then drop down to Wheatley to tour the windmill (entrance free, donations taken) and have a well-deserved tea. There is hilly start but we can get off and push if necessary. We return to Oxford via Horspath, coming back through Cowley using cycle tracks as much as possible. The ride is 15 miles with a few short hills. We’ll go as slow as you need to enjoy the autumn scenerya. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson.

It would help to know numbers in advance, so if you are coming email me by midday the day before lucy@lucytennyson.com (no questions please, more about the windmill here http://www.wheatleymill.co.uk/welcome.htm ).

Please note the unusual starting venue which has been chosen to avoid roads shut for the Oxford Half Marathon. Check http://oxford.gov.uk/oxfordhalf for details of road closures. You may need to allow extra time to get to the start of the ride.

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER: LONG RIDE CIRCLING OTMOOR

A 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 Otmoor:  Oddington, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Fencott, Murcott and Horton-cum-Studley. We will take a refreshment break at Panshill Wood Fishery. There are a couple of hills, and we will take it at a steady speed. The ride will be about 22 miles in length and the ride leader is Clare Farley.

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER: STOP & STARE RIDE: THE HIDDEN GEMS OF OXFORD

About our Stop and Stare rides

This ride will take in places that the tourists never visit (well, mostly).  They are all outside and I would hope that we get some wonderful autumn colour as we proceed.  Starting from the Sheldonian (opposite Blackwells), we’ll set off at 2pm around the corner into the Turl.  From our first stop, we’ll ride on to a less visited College with beautiful grounds, and then up through Jericho to Summertown.  We’ll finish where we started, via a famous and threatened place.  As the ride is called “Hidden Gems”, this is all the information you’ll get, but if you want to check with the leader, please feel free to email.  The ride is less than 6 miles and should take about three hours with stops and tea.  Depending on how long we stop at each venue, we can take tea and cake in Summertown or back at the Vaults & Gardens Café in Radcliffe Square.  The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith – janecs@phonecoop.coop or 07833 731253

SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO WOODSTOCK:

Meet at 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure from outside the Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will leave through Jericho and North Oxford and take the more direct route to Woodstock, if conditions allow. The return journey to Oxford will be longer and more scenic traveling along country roads and cycle paths as much as possible. The entire trip will be approximately 20 miles, will be taken at a steady pace and is relatively flat. The ride leader to coffee and back will be Lucy Wright (lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk).

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Yoga Workshop: Sunday 18th October

Lucy T Yoga GraphicLucy and Alison continue their popular series of yoga workshops tailored to meet the needs of cyclists of all levels. No yoga experience is necessary, as the sessions will be gentle and focus on stretching and relaxing – ideal for post-ride recovery. Our Stop, Stretch and Cycle workshop takes a winter focus, and we will look at effective warm ups, and work on yoga postures for hands, feet, arms and shoulders which tend to suffer more in the cold.

Ellen takes time off from leading Isis rides to run a session on how to adjust your bike to fit your body size. She will also offer top tips on safe riding through the winter, and how to dress to keep out the cold and wet.

Meet at St Anthony of Padua Church Hall, 115 Headley Way Marston OX3 7SS from 1.45pm. The workshop runs from 2-5pm, and includes refreshments. Cost £20 (students £15). For more information and booking details see www.lucytennyson.com, or tel: 07715207784

Team Beryl at Broken Spoke

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s Beryl’s Night, please visit: http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

 

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