November 2015

4 November 2015 at 10:00 pm

Ellen writes…

Welcome to the November 2015 edition of the Isis Cyclists newsletter. The rides last month fared well weather-wise and if you want to see what we got up to, take a look at the photos on our Google+ page.

Last month saw the last of our “Stop & Stare” rides till the Spring. The weather did us proud and we enjoyed a perfect autumn afternoon for our exploration of some of the hidden gems of Oxford. Despite thinking that I know everything in Oxford, Jane managed to find 2 places I’d never been and one I hadn’t been to for 30 years! Why not check out the pictures on the Google+ page and try and work out where we went?

This month may see the first cold weather of the winter, so be prepared to wrap up warm. We have our four regular rides and we are very pleased that Liz Weekes will be leading her first ride for us and visiting a new venue, the café at Tackley Village Shop. I’m leading the medium ride to Velovixen, the women specific cycle gear retailer, based at Wheatley. If your nearest and dearest is struggling to think what to buy you for Christmas, then perhaps you can help them out with ideas of new cycling kit. If, like me, you have a birthday a few weeks after the visit, it could be particularly handy!

SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: NORTH HINKSEY

Meet at 9.45am in front of the steps at the Said Business School, Frideswide Sq, near the bike racks to the right as you face the building, for a 10:00am departure. We will join the canal tow path going North to Wolvercote Green and then through to Wytham. We will return along the road to Botley.

Our refreshment stop will be at the Fishes pub in North Hinksey. Our way back to the centre of town will be via Willow Walk and the Thames tow path. The ride is flat and 8 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider. The ride leader is Clare Farley.

SATURDAY 14TH NOVEMBER: MEDIUM RIDE TO THE VELOVIXEN SHOWROOM IN WHEATLEY

Meet from 9.45am in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) for a 10am departure. The route will leave Oxford via Marston, Headington and Barton. From there we head to Wheatley via Forest Hill. We will then visit the Velovixen showroom where we have been offered refreshments. There will be an opportunity to browse; alternatively, take a look at their Velovixen online shop. If you are interested in anything in particular, they are happy to dig it out of their stock room so that you can try it on. The route will return to Oxford via Littleworth and Horspath. The ride will be approximately 15 miles long and includes a couple of hills on the outward journey and one on the return. However these can all be taken at your own pace, or walked. The ride leader is Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER: LONG RIDE TO TACKLEY

We will meet at 9.45 for a prompt 10am start outside the Sheldonian in Broad Street. We’ll be going to see what the new Tackley café in the village hall is like. They’re open 11 to 1.30 on Saturdays so we should have time to enjoy a cuppa and cake!

The ride is 26.5 miles and goes via Woodeaton and Islip and comes back via Bletchingdon and Kidlington. The ride leader is Liz Weekes (my first!). I’ve created the routes with GPS and they’re here (I haven’t mastered doing it in one go, sorry!):

There are a few hills, which we’ll take at an easy pace. Fewer coming back than going and over early on!

SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO WATERPERRY GARDENS

Meet at 9.15 outside the Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford, for a prompt 9:30am departure. We will leave Oxford on a south-easterly route past the Mini plant at Cowley and through Horspath up to Cuddesdon (hill alert!). The route then wiggles through Great Milton before turning north-west to Wheatley and across the A40 to Waterperry for coffee. We’ll return to Oxford via Worminghall, Horton-cum-Studley, Beckley (hill alert!) and Elsfield, rewarding ourselves with a whoosh down to the A40 and back into Oxford via Marston and University Parks. The total length of the ride is 29 miles; coffee is at the halfway point. The leaders will be Liz & Guy Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com). You can see the planned route on Mapometer.

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

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!

Information about this month’s Beryl’s Night can be found here.

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