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October 2016

50-mile-challenge-2016Ellen writes… Welcome to the October 2016 rides list. I was going to refrain from obsessing about September’s weather, but I can’t! It all started with the 50-mile challenge. The previous two years we enjoyed lovely late summer warmth and sunshine, but this year our luck definitely changed as you can see in the photo opposite!

The Oxford Open Doors ride the following week didn’t fare any better. The visit to Jane’s Enchanted Tea Gardens was dry although not particularly warm, and on our return from Waterperry Gardens on the joint ride with the Oxford Cycling Group on Sunday 25th, we got caught in rain and an unexpected hail shower! However, to redress the balance, it was warm and pleasant for both the last evening social ride and the Stop & Stare ride.

October features the final Stop & Stare ride of the year, which has the theme of Apples. We will also be counting bridges in Oxford, paying a visit to Wheatley Windmill, ambling to Abingdon and joining the Oxford Cycling UK group on a ride to The Milk Shed at Weston-on-the-Green. It might start to feel a bit colder, but it’s still a great time of year to be out and about on a bike!

SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER: SHORT & STEADY RIDE – COUNT THE BRIDGES

This virtually flat, slow paced ride will explore as many bridges in Oxford as time permits and we will see if we can agree on how many we have crossed.  We’ll meet at 9.30am on Magdalen Bridge, ready for a 9.45am start.  The ride is just under 10 miles if you complete it and will finish in Radcliffe Square in central Oxford.  We’ll have refreshments in Walton Street and should finish by 12.30 at the latest.  The ride incorporates a lot of tow paths, as you might expect, so road tyres are not the best option.  The ride leader will be Jane Carlton Smith – janecs@phonecoop.coop.  If running late, ring me on 07833 731253.

TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER: STOP & STARE RIDE – APPLE TIME

This last stop and stare ride of the year will celebrate the arrival of autumn with an apple themed ride. Meet from 9:45am outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad St, Oxford (opposite Blackwells Bookshop) for a prompt 10am start. The ride will take the Sustrans cycle route past the University Parks and leafy North Oxford and travel on to the Wolvercote community orchard. Whilst permission is yet to be confirmed we are hoping for a bit of apple scrumping!

We will return along the canal towpath. Hopefully we will be able to spot plenty of other apple trees as we ride. The ride will be 8 miles long and will be taken at a steady pace. Please bring your own drink and snack. The ride leader is Sarah Twine.

SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER: MEDIUM RIDE – WHEATLEY WINDMILL

A chance to visit to one of Oxford’s last working windmills. Meet outside Jacob and Field deli, close to Waitrose in Headington, at 12.15 for a 12:30 departure.

Wheatley Windmill dates from the 18th century and has been restored to full working order by volunteers, who now mill flour and bake a delicious range of cakes. It opens to the public seven Sundays a year, and we will join them for the start of their last opening of 2016. We will cycle out of the city via Marston towards Beckley, and then drop down to Wheatley to tour the windmill (entrance free, donations taken) and have a well-deserved tea. We return to Oxford via Horspath, coming back through Cowley using cycle tracks as much as possible. The ride is 15 miles with a few short hills. We’ll go as slow as we need to enjoy the autumn scenery. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson.

Please note that the Oxford Half Marathon takes place on Sunday morning, so if you are coming from north Oxford or Marston it’s best to avoid Banbury Road and Marston Ferry Road – please allow a little extra time to get to the start of the ride.

SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER: LONG RIDE – ABINGDON

Meet in Radcliffe Square for a 10am departure to Abingdon via Kennington, Boars Hill and Cothill. We’ll have coffee at Throwing Buns and will probably return via Radley and Kennington. There should only be one serious hill: the short but steep climb up the ‘Cote de Bayworth’, but you’re very welcome to get off and wheel your bike up instead. The exact route is to be confirmed, but the total distance should be 21-23 miles. The ride leader is Liz Matthews: liz.masterman@gmail.com

SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER: JOINT ISIS/CITY CYCLING GROUP RIDE TO COFFEE AT THE MILK SHED, WESTON ON THE GREEN

Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford for a prompt 9.30am departure for Weston on the Green. The route will take us out of Oxford via Marston and onto The Milk Shed via Woodeaton, Islip and the Otmoor villages of Oddington, Charlton-on-Otmoor and Merton. Just beyond Merton we will turn towards Langford and Wendlebury along a well surfaced bridle track. The return route will be via Bletchingdon, Hampton Poyle and Kidlington. The route to coffee is 17.5 miles and includes one climb just before Islip and a section of well surfaced track after Merton. The return journey also include a single hill (up to Bletchingdon). The return route will be about 30 miles long and the leader is Liz Weekes.

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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28 September 2016 at 9:03 pm


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