July 2016

26 June 2016 at 12:00 pm

Ellen writes… We’ve had another somewhat varied month’s weather. Given the amount of rain that’s fallen, I think we’ve done very well with only our evening social a victim of the weather. Fourteen us enjoyed the Isis weekend away, and miraculously we only had about 10 minutes of rain the whole weekend! Saturday evening turned out to be gloriously sunny and Sunday was also pretty good, with a little light rain just as we got home. The campsite outside Charlbury worked out very well with riders able to camp, glamp or B&B. Thanks to the ride leaders for some excellent routes on lovely Cotswold lanes.

This month we have another varied programme of rides including a visit to the FAI farm at Wytham, a Shakespeare ride and a ride to help Liz M & Liz W celebrate their significant birthdays in 2016. All we need is the sunshine…fingers crossed.

By the way, the Isis Cyclists leaders’ group will be getting together later this month to plan the next 4 months’ rides. So if there is somewhere you’re burning to visit or revisit, then please do get in touch with me and I’ll add it to our “suggestions” list.

SATURDAY 2ND JULY: SHORT & STEADY RIDE TO THE FAI FARM WYTHAM

Meet at 10.15 am for a 10.30 departure at the junction of Parks Road and Norham Gardens just by the entrance to University Parks. We will ride up through North Oxford towards Wolvercote, then on to Wytham where we have the opportunity to be given a short (20 – 30 mins approx) tour of the FAI farm. We will be able to see how the egg grading room works, have a look at the garden that is worked by adults with special needs, and see some of the animals that are organically reared.

We’ll then continue on to North Hinksey where we’ll stop for refreshments at The Fishes, then return to Oxford via Willow Walk. The ride is 11 miles in length and is more or less flat. The ride leader is Karen Wolff – karen@wolffs.info

THURSDAY 7TH JULY: STOP & STARE RIDE: A RIDE WITH THE BARD

This month we have a Shakespeare themed ride to mark the occasion of the bard’s death 400 years ago. It will give cyclists the opportunity, after the ride, to view a major exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries and share any memorable quotes or comments about the bard with one another.

We will meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at 09.45hrs for a 10.00hrs departure. It is envisaged that the ride will be approximately 6 miles long and about an hour duration, taking a route along the cycle-paths and the Thames towpath in Oxford City. The ride will end where we started to allow riders to enjoy the ‘Shakespeare’s Dead’ exhibition at the Weston Library.

Coffee or early lunch can be taken in the Weston library cafe. Please bring any Shakespeare quotes, verses or stories if you would like to ‘stop and share’.

The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

SATURDAY 9TH JULY: MEDIUM RIDE: STRAWBERRY RIDE

Meet in Radcliffe Square, Oxford (at the back of the University Church) from 9.45am for a 10.00am departure. We’ll leave Oxford along the Cowley Rd and Barracks Lane. We’ll then head to Horspath and Wheatley before riding a short section of the A40 cycle track and turning up the B4027 through Forest Hill to Stanton St John and the Rectory Farm PYO. We can enjoy tea at the Country Café, browse the farm shop and pick some soft fruit. Strawberries will definitely be available and hopefully also raspberries. We’ll return home via Elsfield and enter Oxford through Marston. The ride is 15 miles long and will include a couple of hills which can be taken at your own pace or walked. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

SATURDAY 16TH JULY: LONG RIDE: LIZ & LIZ’S BIRTHDAY RIDE

Come and help Liz & Liz celebrate their significant birthdays this year. Their age is related to the length of the ride, but alas, not in miles, in kilometres!

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad St, Oxford from 9.45am for a 10am start. The route (http://www.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4341759) takes us out via Cumnor, Charney Bassett and Goosey to the very foot of the Berkshire Downs and villages such as Uffington, Kingston Lisle and Sparsholt. The return route will take riders through Stanford in the Vale, Pusey and Hinton Waldrist before returning to Oxford through Cumnor, stopping for tea at Liz M’s house. Cunningly, the ride is also the last in our series of long rides preparing for the 50 mile challenge on September 3rd.

The mid-morning coffee stop will be al fresco, with the opportunity to purchase snacks in Kingston Bagpuize (or bring your own). Lunch will be taken at a pub in one of the Vale villages (which one will probably depend on timing, but is likely to be in Uffington). The ride is mainly flat once Cumnor Hill has been conquered. There is just one other notable hill in the vicinity of Kingston Lisle and the whole ride is just under 40 miles long.

The joint leaders and birthday girls are Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com) and Liz Weekes.

WEDNESDAY 27th JULY: RURAL EVENING SOCIAL RIDE

After our June ride washout we’re hoping for better luck this month! 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 bikes with thin 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. N.B.  We will need to carry our bikes over the railway bridge, but can help each other if necessary.

SUNDAY 31st JULY: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CYCLING RIDE TO COFFEE AT COGGES FARM, WITNEY

Meet at 9.15 for a prompt 9.30 am departure from outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will explore the countryside to the west and south-west of Oxford. The route will be mainly flat, but be prepared for the odd hill along the way.  We will leave Oxford to the north via the Canal, Yarnton, Long Hanborough and Eynsham. Refreshments will be taken in Witney (Cogges Farm, hopefully) and the route back may feature some off-road riding depending on the weather and the preference of the group. The ride leader will be Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com). The ride will be a little over 30 miles.

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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