December 2015

1 December 2015 at 9:16 pm

Ellen writes… Well, what a dark, gloomy, damp and breezy November it was! Congratulations to all those (not me!) who got out on one of the two surviving Isis rides.

There are a couple of cycling social events I’d like to bring your attention to. Firstly, Isis Cyclists have been invited to attend the Wantage CTC annual charity mince pie cycle ride to Whitehorse Hill on Sunday 6th December. There are a number of different length rides leaving Wantage Market Place from 9.45am. For details see below.

Secondly, if you’re out and about in West Oxfordshire on Sunday 13th December, why not pop in to support the Christmas Bike Café at Fairspear House, Leafield? Money raised is for the Bike Witney project (see poster below).

Finally, a date for your 2016 diaries: the Isis weekend away on 17th– 19th June. There will be options to camp, glamp, or B&B. We plan to include full details in the next newsletter.

Happy pedalling and have a great festive season!

SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: EXPLORING THE LANES ROUND WOLVERCOTE, SUMMERTOWN AND MARSTON

Meet by the statue of the Ox at Oxford rail station at 10.45 for an 11.00 am departure. We will head off up the canal to Wolvercote, then cross the railway and follow the back streets through Summertown to the Marston ferry cycle path. We dip off there and follow the river Cherwell for a short way to reach the Victoria Arms, where we can take refreshments. We then carry on through old Marston towards the city centre, cutting down Ferry Road and across Mesopotamia which will bring us back into the city centre. The ride is 7.5 miles long and more or less flat. It will be led by Karen Wolff (karen@wolffs.info). Please note the slightly later start time in order to fit in with the pub’s opening times.

See the route on Mapometer.

SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER – WANTAGE CTC GROUP – ANNUAL MINCE PIE CHARITY RIDES TO WHITEHORSE HILL

The Wantage CTC group has invited us to their annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children’s mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage Market Place from 9:45 onwards or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz-Kidz.

There will be a variety of different length rides (including an off-road ride) to choose from – ride entries with details will appear closer to the date. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration.

Afterwards the rides will continue for an optional pub lunch. There will also be a ride directly back to Wantage.

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SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER: MEDIUM RIDE TO WORTON ORGANIC GARDENS

Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown (corner of Banbury and Oakthorpe Roads from 12.45pm for a 13.00 departure to Worton Organic Gardens near Yarnton. We will make our way north along the back streets of Summertown to the main Kidlington Rd where we will take the cycle track and then the bridle track through Watereaton where we can try out the newly opened bridge which means there’s no more muddy field to ride across, what luxury! We will then cut through Kidlington and head towards the A44 and through Yarnton Village to the Organic Gardens at Worton. We’ll stop to browse the shop (don’t forget to leave extra room in your panniers) and take early tea in the adjacent café. The return route will be functional rather than scenic via Cassington and the A40 cycle track (roadworks permitting)! The route is flat except for a couple of steepish bridges and should be around 15 miles in length (returning to Summertown). Although we plan to be back in the light, it’s a good idea to carry bike lights, just in case. The leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk)

SATURDAY 19th DECEMBER: LONG RIDE: “DECK THE BIKES WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY” FESTIVE FUN RIDE TO ABINGDON

Meet outside the Sheldonian at 9.45am with both you and your bike looking suitably festive: e.g. tinsel twined around tubs, baubles dangling from the crossbar, mistletoe tied to your handlebars, reindeer antlers poking through your helmet etc. Let your imaginations run riot – but please ensure that your bike remains safe to ride. Christmas lights threaded through your spokes are not recommended!

We’ll set off at 10am to Abingdon via Kennington, Boar’s Hill, Wootton and Cothill, returning via Radley and Kennington. Coffee will probably be at Throwing Buns, but depending on the quantity of Christmas shoppers in the town we may have to spread ourselves across more than one cafe. There’s only one serious hill: the short and steep rise out of Bayworth.

This is the basic route and should be about 21 miles. If people think the idea of decorating bikes is fun but feel that the distance is a little too far, please let me know and I’ll shorten the route to a medium length (15-17 miles). More people are preferable to more miles!

The leader is Liz Matthews: liz.masterman@gmail.com

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.

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