Stop and Stare Rides

Pembroke CollegeJane Carlton-Smith writes: These short and slow rides were introduced in 2013, to appeal to women who may be starting to cycle again, or who feel a little less confident about cycling.  They also appeal greatly to those who like to mix a little sightseeing with their cycling and perhaps discover new aspects of our wonderful city.

The rides run during the week as an addition to our regular weekend Isis rides. They’re organised from the spring through to the autumn (i.e. not during the cold winter months!) and range from 5 to 10 miles. We take them at a slow pace, with plenty of stops, including the obligatory tea stop at the end. We attract an average of five women riders, which makes for a small and friendly group, easily able to enter colleges and other venues.

The ride usually has a theme and visits several places of interest along the way, so a bike lock is essential. Since March 2013, we have offered the following rides:

  • “The Painted Glass of Oxford” – a tour of some of the best examples of stained glass in churches and College chapels
  • Artweek in May – two rides, in South/East Oxford and Summertown
  • Around the North Oxford Canal
  • Interesting Trees and a bit of CS Lewis – a tour to Shotover and back to Headington Quarry
  • Blue Plaques – famous women
  • Public open air Sculpture ride
  • “Asylums of Oxford”
  • Christmas Lights – an evening tour of some of the most amazing examples of domestic display
  • “Diamond or Carbuncle?” – new architecture
  • “Stations – from old to new“

Comments from riders:Xmas lights 5

  • “I really must say a big ‘Thank you’ for the super bike ride yesterday.  It was so interesting and pleasant.”
  • “Also you did a great job today, I loved it!”

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