December 2016

30 November 2016 at 9:11 pm

Ellen writes… Welcome to the final blog post of 2016. What a busy year it’s been for Isis Cyclists! The AGM season has been upon us, which means gathering statistics on our activities during the past year (Oct 2015- end Sept 2016) for our annual report. So I can tell you that during that time there were 58 Isis Cyclists rides, plus a weekend away. A further four rides were cancelled due to the weather. What an energetic and hardy lot we are! Of course, I’d like to be able to tell you how many miles were ridden, the weight of cake consumed and the number of cups of coffee and tea drunk, but alas, such information is beyond me. We can only speculate!

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Riding back from Aston Pottery on  November’s joint ride with Oxford City Cycling UK (photo by Liz M on the back of her tandem)

Although we’ve got fewer than usual rides this month, I hope you’ll be able to find the time to join us out on your bike. If it’s any help, you can combine cycling and Christmas shopping on all of them!

windrush-projectI’d like to bring your attention to the Christmas Bike Café which is at Fairspear House, Leafield (near Witney) on 11th December (see advert on the right). This raises funds for the Windrush Bike Project. I notice that they too organise women’s rides!

For January dates, see our Looking ahead page. And, even further in the future, I’d like to confirm that our weekend away in 2017 will take place in Lechlade from 9th-11th June. More information next month!

SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER: SLOW AND STEADY TO SANDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET

We will meet at the statue of the Ox opposite the entrance to Oxford Railway station at 9.45 for a 10.00 departure.

This is a short and gentle Winter cycle ride in the now much colder weather with a half way coffee stop at the farmers market at Sandford village hall, finishing at the Annual Oxford Green fair.

This will be a flat ride of about 8 miles which will take us straight onto the towpath alongside the Thames. It will use Sustrans paths, and will involve navigating both Osney and Sandford locks so wide tyres and mudguards are recommended.

After a stop at the Sandford on Thames Farmers’ market for coffee and shopping, we will return back to the town centre via Rosehill and  Iffley Fields. The anticipated finish time is   approximately 12.30 (depending on how long we spend at the farmers’ market).

We can then visit the Oxford Green fair at the Town Hall. It’s a good opportunity to buy green/ethical Christmas gifts! The ride leader is Sarah Twine.

SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER: MEDIUM RIDE: CHRISTMAS CRAFT EXHIBITION, WOODSTOCK

It’s an 18-mile return trip, a little longer than usual, but no hills and we’ll take it nice and slow using cycle lanes, quiet roads and the canal towpath to make it a pleasant winter ride out to Woodstock. We’ll head for the Museum which is hosting Oxfordshire Craft Guild’s Christmas exhibition, which usually offers a range of reasonably affordable gifts and cards.

Meet at the junction of Norham Gardens and Parks Road, by the NW entrance to University Parks at 10.30 to set off at 10.45. You can also meet us 10 minutes or so later at the pedestrian bridge over the ring road, by Wren Road school, Cutteslowe. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson: 0771520 7784.

SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER: LONG RIDE: BOTHY VINEYARD BOOZE CRUISE!

Meet at 10.15 for a prompt 10.30 departure from outside the corner shop in Woodin’s Way (OX1 1HD). We will head off up Cumnor Hill and wind our way to Bothy Vineyard, which is having an open day. So you might find some last minute stocking fillers. Once people have finished browsing, we will move on a mile or so to the Merry Miller at Cothill for lunch and then head back to Oxford via Sunningwell and Kennington. We will probably get back to Oxford around 2.30pm.  You can see the route at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17883906

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, visit http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

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