June 2016

27 May 2016 at 7:51 pm

Jane writes… Hello Everybody, This month I’ve been recruited as deputy editor, as Ellen is away. Hoping for lovely June weather, we have an action-packed schedule on offer, including our weekend away. We’ll send a separate email with final details for the weekend, which takes place from Friday evening 17 June to Sunday 19th. There are still two places available in the PODS if anyone would like to sign up now. In the meantime, you can refer back to our group email sent on 2 February, with details of the rides and accommodation (and see below).

Lucy Tennyson has kindly offered to transport kit, including tents, to the site on the Friday and to bring it back on Sunday. However, she is on holiday from 9 to 14 June, so please make arrangements to deposit your belongings at her house before she leaves. I think you can then take them to her between 15 and 17 June. Contact Lucy at lucytennyson@gmail.com.

We have two rides and one event that are part of Bike Week this month, to which all are welcome. Do spread the word to friends and colleagues.

Happy pedalling,
Jane

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE TO SANDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 09:45 am for a 10:00 am start. We will head out of the centre down St Ebbes, using the footbridge to cross the Thames and dropping onto the riverside path. From there we follow the river all the way to Sandford via Iffley. We might encounter a few puddles so mudguards and thicker tyres recommended! We’ll return via Rose Hill and Donnington Bridge and the Iffley Road. The coffee stop is at the farmers market in Sandford Village Hall. The ride is fairly flat and 9 miles long. We will arrive back in the centre of town 1pm at the latest. Ride leader Lilia Bonacorsi tel: 07890 731542.

SATURDAY 11 JUNE: MEDIUM RIDE TO AFTERNOON TEA AT ANNIE’S, THRUPP

This ride is part of Bike Week. Meet outside the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm departure to Annie’s for afternoon tea. The route will be mostly on cycle paths, bridle paths & quiet roads, and will be about 16 miles long, taken at a social pace (11 mph). The ride leader is Natasha Williams nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 01865 723 760.

THURSDAY 16 JUNE: WOMEN GET PEDALLING

Part of Bike Week, this event is aimed at encouraging women to try cycling. Do tell friends, relations, colleagues etc who want to find out more about cycling about it.

Meet outside West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road (on playing fields next to tennis courts) from 5.45pm to start at 6pm. Free to all women.

Programme

  • 6pm Introduction to Isis women’s cycling group
  • 6.15pm How to stretch for better pedalling (warm up/stretching)
  • 6.45pm Safer cycling: short ride and tips on road positioning
  • 7.30pm How to adjust your bike for your height and reach
  • 8pm: social drink in nearby pub
  • Website https://isiscyclistsctc.wordpress.com/

Contact: Jane 01865 423741 / Lucy 0771 5207784

FRIDAY 17 JUNE TO SUNDAY 19 JUNE: WEEKEND AWAY NEAR CHARLBURY

Our venue is the Cotswold View Campsite, which is located a couple of miles outside Charlbury.

Friday 17th June: Meet at 17:15 outside M&S in Summertown for a 17:30 departure for the campsite. The route will be 17-20 miles in length and will take us to Charlbury and on to the campsite which is located a mile or so north of the town just off the B4022. The plan (once we are sorted out) is to have a “bring and share” picnic, so please bring something to contribute to this. If you don’t want to carry it all the way, then we can stop to buy food in Charlbury. The route will include a few hills which will be taken steadily. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee. If you can’t make the ride out then why not come later by train or car?

Saturday 18th June: After a leisurely breakfast (you can book a farmhouse breakfast at the campsite shop on arrival, price £7.50 pp) you will have a choice of 2 rides:

  • A 35-40 mile fairly hilly ride to the Rollright Stones stopping for an early evening meal at around 6pm (venue tbc). The ride leader will be Natasha Williams.
  • A shorter 20-25 mile ride which will explore some less hilly countryside. It will either meet up for supper with the rest of the group or eat elsewhere, depending on the route chosen. It will be a leisurely ride with plenty of chance to stop and look at things. The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

Sunday 19th June: After another leisurely breakfast, we will pack up and head for home. The route home will be less direct than the route out and will include a lunch stop and possibly a visit in the afternoon to Combe Mill which is in steam that day. The ride leader will be Liz Weekes. We will aim to be back in Oxford by 5pm.

TUESDAY 21 JUNE: STOP AND STARE RIDE: COMMUNITY WILDSPACES

Meet from 2.45pm (for a 3pm start) by the statue of the Ox outside Oxford Railway station for an afternoon exploring some wildlife sites and green spaces which have heavy community involvement. We’ll start by riding up the Oxford Canal to visit The Trap Grounds with its reed bed, ponds and quiet wooded areas. We will then continue on road and cycle track to Wolvercote Lakes, a very recent addition to Oxford’s green spaces, thanks to a generous bequest and the involvement of the Preservation Trust. Finally we will visit the Wolvercote Community Orchard with its many historic varieties of fruit trees. We’ll then have refreshments in Wolvercote, probably at the Jacobs Inn, before returning to town. If the weather allows, we’ll return along the towpath which give fantastic views across Oxford’s biggest and probably oldest green space of all, Port Meadow. The ride will take 2-3 hours including refreshments and is fairly flat. Why not bring a pair of binoculars? We’ll have the chance to stop and look for birds etc from hides and screens. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE: RURAL EVENING SOCIAL RIDE

Hoping for a lovely June evening, we will cross the river and a lake, ride across meadows, through the fields and back to the river, finishing at the Perch pub for refreshments.  Starting from Radcliffe Square (outside the Vaults & Gardens Café), we will cross Hinksey Lake and the railway line, before heading through South Hinksey Village and up towards Boars Hill on the bridleway.  The track can be a bit rough and is not ideal for road tyres, but it can easily be walked.  We’ll then traverse the Chilswell Farm track before descending to Willow Walk and making our way to the Perch. We’ll return via Port Meadow and the canal towpath and the ride is just over 11 miles (see the route at http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4326716.html). Partners are welcome on this ride and, as mentioned, it’s not suitable for road tyres.  Meet at 6.15pm, for a getaway at 6.30pm.  The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith.  Any queries to janecs@phonecoop.coop or ring me on the day if wanting to join, but running late.  07833 731253

SUNDAY 26 JUNE: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT RAMSDEN GARDEN CENTRE

Meet from 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure for Ramsden Garden Centre. Our route will take us out of Oxford along the Botley Rd and to Eynsham crossing the Toll Bridge. We’ll then cross the A40 and head along Cuckoo Lane to meet the A4095 and the cycle track to North Leigh. We’ll then descend the hill to New Yatt and Ramsden before arriving at the Garden Centre. Our return route will take us through Finstock and Wilcote before returning to the A4095. We’ll then follow the cycle track for a while before turning to Freeland and Church Hanborough. We’ll end up on the A40 at Eynsham and the group can split either returning along the A40 cycle track or via Eynsham and the Farmoor Rd. The ride is all on road or surfaced cycle track and includes a few short but steepish climbs which can be walked or ridden. The return trip will be approximately 31 miles and the ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.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 Beryl’s Night, please visit:
http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

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