Isis Annual Report 2014-15

18 November 2015 at 9:21 pm


2014-2015 has been another successful and busy year for Isis Cyclists. It has continued a programme of five regular rides per month:

  • 1st Saturday = short and steady ride (<10 miles)
  • 2nd Weekend = medium ride (~15 miles)
  • 3rd Saturday = long ride (20-30 miles)
  • Monthly midweek = Stop & Stare ride (<10 miles)
  • Final Sunday = Joint ride to coffee with Oxford City riders (20-30 miles)

There were also regular monthly evening social rides in the summer between May and August and occasional other rides, including a 50 mile challenge ride in early September. In all, Isis Cyclists ran 57 rides during the year. A total of 118 women rode with us during this time, a 5% increase on the previous year. Of these, 59% (70) had ridden with the group previously and a further 41% (48) were new to the group.


This year, Isis Cyclists celebrated its 7th birthday with a tour of modern architectural “diamonds and carbuncles” in Oxford followed by a picnic (including bicycle themed cake!) on Port Meadow in glorious June sunshine. We have continued to enjoy joint rides with both Oxford and Wantage CTC members groups. Three Isis leaders took part in a workshop in March organised by CTC Oxfordshire with the aim of thinking about and swapping ideas on good ride leading practice. During the summer, our programme of long rides again centred around preparing for our 50 mile challenge which took place in early September. Nine riders enjoyed glorious late summer weather and a pleasant ride to Burford. 

Regular Rides (October 2014 – end of September 2015)

This year, Isis Cyclists ran 47 regular rides with another 2 falling victim of weather. There were also a total of 10 summer social and other rides. The average number of riders on each type of ride is as follows:

  • Short rides: Average of 10 riders (total of 11 rides) – increase on last year (9)
  • Medium rides: Average of 11 riders (total of 10 rides) – same as last year
  • Long rides: Average of 12 riders (total of 12 rides) – same as last year
  • Joint Isis/Ox City rides: Average of 8, Isis only (total of 9 rides) – same as last year
  • Stop & Stare: Average of 6 riders (total of 8 rides) – same as last year


The Isis leaders group has met three times this year in order to organise the programme and to attend to other business. This year we have gained two new leaders, Lilia Bonacorsi and Liz Weekes which brings the number of active ride leaders to 10.

Regular monthly email newsletters and occasional other mailings have continued to be delivered through our Google Group to approximately 330 women, an increase of 55 over the year. Rides and other events have also been promoted via our website and facebook page and by the Broken Spoke Co-op. Photographs taken on Isis rides are made available via a Google+ site.

Our thanks go to everyone in the leaders group for their enthusiasm, creativity and efficiency.

Ellen Lee & Lucy Wright
7th November 2015




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