May 2016

4 May 2016 at 8:52 pm

Ellen writes… We had some interesting rides in April – and some interesting weather too! Our short and medium rides enjoyed blue sky and sunshine (though not, alas warmth!). However the Stop & Stare ride and the long ride to Jane’s tearooms enjoyed moments of extreme sogginess! You can see the contrast for yourself in our photo gallery on Google+.

I spent a week cycling through the New Forest, mainly on forest tracks and minor roads. As it was term time, the forest was very quiet and I got to see lots of wildlife from my bike including an adder. It hissed magnificently at me, so I was glad to be able to put my bike between me and it!

This month we have our usual varied mix of rides. Something for everybody, hopefully. Although the weather isn’t yet committed to summer, we are, because we are starting both our regular evening pub rides and our preparation for our 50 mile challenge by starting to lengthen our long rides.

SATURDAY 7th MAY – SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: EXPLORING SOME OF OXFORD’S PARKS

Meet by the statue of the ox outside Oxford rail station at 10.00am for a 10.15am departure. This 9-mile ride will take us through no less than seven parks, with quiet roads or cycle lanes between them. The parks are, in order, Oatlands, Grandpont, Hinksey, Florence, Cowley Marsh, South and lastly Harberton Heights. We will stop for coffee at the spacious Café Central at Brookes University. We will be on tarmac paths or minor roads and there is one hill which takes us up to Hilltop road which can be walked. To see the route on ‘Mapometer’ go to http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4113712.html. The ride leader is Karen Wolff:  karen@wolffs.info.

TUESDAY 10TH MAY – STOP & STARE RIDE: OXFORD ARTWEEKS

It’s Artweeks in Oxford when local artists throw open their homes and studios to the public. Our slow and gentle morning Stop & Stare ride will begin outside the Sheldonian in the centre of town, and take the canal part way and then the road to Lower Wolvercote. We’ll head to Jacob’s Inn for coffee, and then spend a little time at some Artweeks exhibitions in the village. There are eight all close by.

Meet outside the Sheldonian at 10.15 to leave 10.30am. Ride length maximum an hour each way.

Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 07715207784

SUNDAY 15th MAY – MEDIUM RIDE: WORTON WIGGLE

Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown at 1.45 for a 2pm departure to Worton Organic Farm for tea. Because the cafe closes at 4 we’ll go straight there, via the Oxford Canal and Yarnton. Feel free to stock up on veg too, but don’t fill your panniers too full: most of the ride will be after Worton. We’ll then explore some of the country roads between the A40 and the A4095, taking in Church Hanborough and Freeland. We’ll return via Eynsham and the B4044 over Swinford Toll Bridge, dispersing at Botley. People who live in North Oxford can peel off at Eynsham if they wish and return via the A40 cycle path. The total distance is about 18 miles and there are no hills worth mentioning. The leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com; 07961 028262). This will be a social ride; partners of all varieties are welcome!

SATURDAY 21ST MAY – LONG RIDE: ARTWEEK IN SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE

We begin our sequence of longer rides over the summer with a 30 mile jaunt, our target Ewelme, a delightful small village, where the local pottery is open for Artweeks, with a range of artists showing their work. However, we will take our time, and stop off at one or two Artweeks venues. We will ride out via Gt Milton and Chalgrove and come back via Berrick Salome, Newington and Stadhampton, meeting in Headington outside Jacobs and Field, 15 Old High Street, Headington, so you can buy snacks for the ride, or at nearby Waitrose. First we start with the A40 cycle track to Wheatley to get out of the city quickly, before looping down through a string of pretty villages east of the city, returning to the city mid-afternoon. There are some gentle hills.

Meet 9.45am for 10am start at Jacobs and Field, 15 Old High Street, Headington. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 07715207784

SUNDAY 22nd MAY JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT THE FLOWERPOT CAFE, LONG CRENDON

Meet in Broad Street (near Oxford Campus Stores) at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure.  We will head out of Oxford via Barracks Lane and the steep Gidley Way hill (which can be walked, if necessary) and take the quiet roads through Wheatley, Worminghall and Shabbington before arriving in Long Crendon for our refreshment.  We will return on a nice long loop via Boarstall, Otmoor and Islip (plenty of options to shorten the ride if the weather is inclement!).  The ride will be a bit hilly but will be taken at a steady pace with plenty of views and downhill sections to distract us!  The ride will be 32 miles back to the ring road (Marsh Lane) and the ride leader is Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 01865 723 760).  You can download the route here:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13470166

THURSDAY 26th MAY – EVENING SOCIAL RIDE TO THE FLOWING WELL, SUNNINGWELL

Meet in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) from 6pm for a 6.15pm departure. We’ll take a slightly circuitous route to get to the pub (the Flowing Well in Sunningwell), via Kennington and Radley, roughly 10 miles, and come back in a more direct way (about 5 miles to the centre of Oxford). The ride is mainly flat, no real hills. This is a social ride, so male friends and partners are welcome to join us. Don’t forget to bring lights in case the ride back is in the twilight. The ride leader is Liz Weekes. 

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Beryl’s Night 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/

CYCLOX Event on  24th May: Laurie Taylor, City Centre Manager

Oxford’s City Centre Manager, Laurie Taylor, will tell us about her experience during her first two years in post and what plans there are for the future, no doubt also including the Westgate Centre. This is a great chance to understand the workings behind the scenes in Oxford’s historic centre.

The meeting is being organised jointly with OxPA, so please note the earlier start time and different venue. 7pm, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates.

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