April 2016

30 March 2016 at 8:19 pm

Ellen writes… I hope you all had a very good Easter break and, like me, are now hoping to feel the sun on your back. It seems as though it’s been a long, dark, wet and windy winter and some consistently warmer weather feels very overdue.

April sees the return of our monthly midweek Stop & Stare rides with a brand new route exploring some of Oxford’s more interesting trees. Over the summer look out for more stop & stare rides with a variety of themes including Artweeks, architecture and wildlife.

The Isis ride leaders got together last month to plan the summer ride schedule and we hope you will find it enticing. In May we will be starting our monthly summer evening pub rides and our long rides will also start to get longer in preparation for our 50 mile challenge ride which this year will be on Saturday 3rdSeptember and will find us heading to Northamptonshire for a change.

Happy pedalling!

SATURDAY 2nd APRIL: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: AN 8 MILE POST-EASTER SAUNTER ROUND SECRET HEADINGTON

Dust off your bikes, oil your chains, remember a rucksack or pannier for carrying home some Portuguese goodies and join us for the first short Isis ride after Easter!

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 secret Headington. We will cycle through University Parks before ‘doing’ the inevitable hill – a gentle climb past the big houses on the 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 Quarry.

If we have a dry day, we may visit the CS Lewis Nature Reserve in Risinghurst. Thought to be the inspiration behind the Narnia classic, this tranquil woodland and pond once belonged to CS Lewis, and is now managed by BBOWT. Either way, we will be stopping for coffee and a Portuguese egg tart (pasteis de Nata) and/or some other scrumptious cake at the local Portuguese café, AKA Madeira Supermarket.  After coffee, we will return to either ‘downtown’ Headington or the starting point in town, depending on the group. The ride leader is Lucy Wright, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk in case of queries.

SATURDAY 9th APRIL: MEDIUM RIDE: BLUEBELL RIDE

Meet in Radcliffe Square (behind the University Church) at 10am for a 10.15am departure on a ride which will take us over Cumnor and Boar’s Hills before descending through Bayworth and Sunninghill and onto our refreshment stop at Sandford Lock. On the way, we’ll pass Bagley Wood where we hope to stop and admire the bluebells. We’ll leave central Oxford along the Thames heading to North Hinksey. We will then climb up the back of Cumnor Hill (steeper but shorter than the main road). Once at the top, we will descend gently to Dry Sandford before turning off through Wooton and Old Boars Hill. After another short and steep climb, we’ll stop to catch breath and admire the views of Oxford from Jarn Mound. We will then descend to Bayworth and Sunningwell before riding along the edge of Bagley Wood. The ride is approximately 16.5 miles round trip back to town and refreshments will be taken after about 12.5 miles. The ride includes 2 steep climbs, but don’t be put off. We will take them at a gentle pace and there’s no problem if you prefer to get off and walk. All the climbs are on quiet roads. The ride leader (and chief bluebell hunter) will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk)

TUESDAY 12th APRIL: STOP & STARE RIDE: THE INTERESTING TREES OF OXFORD

Meet on Magdalen Bridge, on the left hand pavement heading into Oxford, at 1.45 pm for a 2 pm start. This slow and gentle ride will focus on interesting trees in the grounds of colleges and will be based on Sophie Huxley’s book “Oxford Trees”.  We will visit at least four different college gardens and Holywell Cemetery if the weather is nice, and if we are lucky, we may get to see the magnificent fritillary display in Magdalen College Park.  There will be no entry fees for local residents, however if you have an Oxford University or Alumnus card, it will do no harm to bring it with you.

The ride will be less than 5 miles long and will take around 2 ½ hours. We will have tea in Walton Street, or the Vaults and Gardens café, depending on where we end up. The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith 07833 731253.  You can email janecs@phonecoop.coop if you need any more detail, as the exact itinerary will be available nearer the time.

SATURDAY 16h APRIL: LONG RIDE: TEA AT JANE’S ENCHANTED TEA GARDENS

Meet in Broad street in front of the Tourist Information Office at 10.45am for an 11.00am start. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5/51. It will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon and onto Kirtlington then onto the track down to Jane’s Enchanted Tea Gardens near Pigeon Lock).

The return journey is via Tackley and Woodstock, returning to Oxford down the A44 cycle track. This route includes several sections of off-road tracks. Most have a good surface (in the dry) but there is one section just before Tackley Station that is probably not suitable for bikes with very narrow road tyres.

This route (which is approx. 26 miles long) does include a couple of hills in either direction which can be taken at your own pace or walked. The ride leader is Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890731542, email lilia_bonacorsi@hotmail.com).

PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming on this ride, please let Lilia know by14th April because the tearoom is very popular and she will need to book to avoid disappointment.

SUNDAY 24th APRIL: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT 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

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 event, please visit the Beryl’s Night websiste.

 

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