November 2016

1 November 2016 at 9:05 pm

img_1237Ellen writes… Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Isis Cyclists Newsletter. I hope you’ve been able to get out and about enjoying the autumn colours. In fact, the weather has been so settled and the trees are looking so nice that Jane Carlton Smith has been inspired to re-run her “Interesting trees of Oxford” ride that was rather washed out in the spring, so if you’re free on Fri 4th November, why not join her?

We’ve now reached the end of our four months of planned rides and so the leaders are getting together in the middle of the month to plan ahead for December 2016 to March 2017. We hope to be able to produce another attractive mixture of the familiar and the new. If there’s anywhere you would particularly like to visit (or revisit) or you have an idea for a ride theme (especially for the short rides) do get in touch with me.

I know we’re reaching that time of year when we get swept up in the great rush to Christmas. However, I hope you’ll be able to spare some time to join us on a ride. There’s nothing better than escaping on your bike for a few hours!

Happy pedalling!

FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER: STOP & STARE RIDE – INTERESTING TREES OF OXFORD

We thought it would be worth repeating this ride if the weather is nice, as the trees will all be wearing different raiment from that in April.  Jane will send out an email first thing in the morning, when the weather forecast is clearer.  Please check your email if you are thinking of joining us, or ring Jane on 01865 423741 (will be at Pilates until 10.30am).

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 time. 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; email janecs@phonecoop.coop.

SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER: SLOW AND STEADY TO NORTH HINKSEY

Meet at the junction of Norham Gardens and Parks Road, by the north-west entrance to University Parks at 10.15 for a 10.30 departureWe will set off through north Oxford and Summertown before heading across to Wolvercote. We then continue on through Wytham before cutting down to the Botley Road which we cross, then ride along North Hinksey Lane to The Fishes for refreshments. We will return to the city centre by way of Willow Walk. The ride is 10 miles in length with no real hills and consists mostly of quiet lanes. The ride leader is Karen Wolff karen@wolffs.info

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER: MEDIUM RIDE – MORNING TEA WITH ANNIE

This ride starts and ends in Summertown. Meet outside Costa Coffee at 9.45 for a 10am start. Our route is sausage-shaped, going north through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon to Enslow. From there we turn south through Shipton-on-Cherwell and along a short section of the Oxford Canal to our coffee stop: Annie’s Tea Room at Thrupp (http://www.anniestearoom.co.uk). The return route continues south to Kidlington and across to Yarnton. If the weather is dry-ish, we’ll pick up the canal towpath for a traffic-free run to Wolvercote; otherwise, we’ll have to ride on the cycle path alongside the A44 and thence to Summertown. The total distance is about 18.5 miles, and the leader is Liz Matthews: liz.masterman@gmail.com.

SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER: LONG RIDE – STARLINGS ON OTMOOR

Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown at 12.45pm to leave at 1pm. We will head first to Islip via Kidlington then loop round the Otmoor villages, aiming to reach the RSPB reserve before dusk around 4pm. This is the best time to watch the starling display as they fly acrobatically in huge flocks to roost for the night. We are lucky to see this so close to Oxford – the starling population has fallen by over 80% in recent years, meaning they are now on the critical list of UK birds most at risk.

Please note we need to keep to our long ride pace for this 22 mile ride in order to get to the reserve in time. There are a couple of hills en route. Bring a snack and hot drink if you can, and warm clothes for the short walk onto the reserve. Lights are essential, and we will aim to be back in Oxford by 5.30pm at the latest. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 07715207784

SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER: JOINT ISIS/CITY CYCLING GROUP RIDE TO COFFEE AT ASTON POTTERY

Meet in Broad Street (near Oxford Campus Stores) at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure.  We will head out of Oxford up Cumnor Hill, through the quiet villages of Cumnor and Appleton, and on to Standlake, before reaching Aston and stopping for coffee and cake at Aston Pottery.  The return route will be via quiet lanes, taking in the pretty estate at Buckland, Kingston Bagpuize, Cothill, and then heading back to Oxford, through Sunningwell and Kennington.  The ride will be 39 miles back to the city centre.  As well as Cumnor Hill, there are a couple of other short, steep hills, which can be taken at your own pace.  The ride leader will be Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com).  You can download the route here:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17382945

SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER: SHORT RIDE

Mark the date in your diary now: full details in the December newsletter published towards the end of this month.

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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