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June 2016

Jane writes… Hello Everybody, This month I’ve been recruited as deputy editor, as Ellen is away. Hoping for lovely June weather, we have an action-packed schedule on offer, including our weekend away. We’ll send a separate email with final details for the weekend, which takes place from Friday evening 17 June to Sunday 19th. There are still two places available in the PODS if anyone would like to sign up now. In the meantime, you can refer back to our group email sent on 2 February, with details of the rides and accommodation (and see below).

Lucy Tennyson has kindly offered to transport kit, including tents, to the site on the Friday and to bring it back on Sunday. However, she is on holiday from 9 to 14 June, so please make arrangements to deposit your belongings at her house before she leaves. I think you can then take them to her between 15 and 17 June. Contact Lucy at lucytennyson@gmail.com.

We have two rides and one event that are part of Bike Week this month, to which all are welcome. Do spread the word to friends and colleagues.

Happy pedalling,
Jane

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE TO SANDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 09:45 am for a 10:00 am start. We will head out of the centre down St Ebbes, using the footbridge to cross the Thames and dropping onto the riverside path. From there we follow the river all the way to Sandford via Iffley. We might encounter a few puddles so mudguards and thicker tyres recommended! We’ll return via Rose Hill and Donnington Bridge and the Iffley Road. The coffee stop is at the farmers market in Sandford Village Hall. The ride is fairly flat and 9 miles long. We will arrive back in the centre of town 1pm at the latest. Ride leader Lilia Bonacorsi tel: 07890 731542.

SATURDAY 11 JUNE: MEDIUM RIDE TO AFTERNOON TEA AT ANNIE’S, THRUPP

This ride is part of Bike Week. Meet outside the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm departure to Annie’s for afternoon tea. The route will be mostly on cycle paths, bridle paths & quiet roads, and will be about 16 miles long, taken at a social pace (11 mph). The ride leader is Natasha Williams nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 01865 723 760.

THURSDAY 16 JUNE: WOMEN GET PEDALLING

Part of Bike Week, this event is aimed at encouraging women to try cycling. Do tell friends, relations, colleagues etc who want to find out more about cycling about it.

Meet outside West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road (on playing fields next to tennis courts) from 5.45pm to start at 6pm. Free to all women.

Programme

  • 6pm Introduction to Isis women’s cycling group
  • 6.15pm How to stretch for better pedalling (warm up/stretching)
  • 6.45pm Safer cycling: short ride and tips on road positioning
  • 7.30pm How to adjust your bike for your height and reach
  • 8pm: social drink in nearby pub
  • Website https://isiscyclistsctc.wordpress.com/

Contact: Jane 01865 423741 / Lucy 0771 5207784

FRIDAY 17 JUNE TO SUNDAY 19 JUNE: WEEKEND AWAY NEAR CHARLBURY

Our venue is the Cotswold View Campsite, which is located a couple of miles outside Charlbury.

Friday 17th June: Meet at 17:15 outside M&S in Summertown for a 17:30 departure for the campsite. The route will be 17-20 miles in length and will take us to Charlbury and on to the campsite which is located a mile or so north of the town just off the B4022. The plan (once we are sorted out) is to have a “bring and share” picnic, so please bring something to contribute to this. If you don’t want to carry it all the way, then we can stop to buy food in Charlbury. The route will include a few hills which will be taken steadily. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee. If you can’t make the ride out then why not come later by train or car?

Saturday 18th June: After a leisurely breakfast (you can book a farmhouse breakfast at the campsite shop on arrival, price £7.50 pp) you will have a choice of 2 rides:

  • A 35-40 mile fairly hilly ride to the Rollright Stones stopping for an early evening meal at around 6pm (venue tbc). The ride leader will be Natasha Williams.
  • A shorter 20-25 mile ride which will explore some less hilly countryside. It will either meet up for supper with the rest of the group or eat elsewhere, depending on the route chosen. It will be a leisurely ride with plenty of chance to stop and look at things. The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

Sunday 19th June: After another leisurely breakfast, we will pack up and head for home. The route home will be less direct than the route out and will include a lunch stop and possibly a visit in the afternoon to Combe Mill which is in steam that day. The ride leader will be Liz Weekes. We will aim to be back in Oxford by 5pm.

TUESDAY 21 JUNE: STOP AND STARE RIDE: COMMUNITY WILDSPACES

Meet from 2.45pm (for a 3pm start) by the statue of the Ox outside Oxford Railway station for an afternoon exploring some wildlife sites and green spaces which have heavy community involvement. We’ll start by riding up the Oxford Canal to visit The Trap Grounds with its reed bed, ponds and quiet wooded areas. We will then continue on road and cycle track to Wolvercote Lakes, a very recent addition to Oxford’s green spaces, thanks to a generous bequest and the involvement of the Preservation Trust. Finally we will visit the Wolvercote Community Orchard with its many historic varieties of fruit trees. We’ll then have refreshments in Wolvercote, probably at the Jacobs Inn, before returning to town. If the weather allows, we’ll return along the towpath which give fantastic views across Oxford’s biggest and probably oldest green space of all, Port Meadow. The ride will take 2-3 hours including refreshments and is fairly flat. Why not bring a pair of binoculars? We’ll have the chance to stop and look for birds etc from hides and screens. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE: RURAL EVENING SOCIAL RIDE

Hoping for a lovely June evening, 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 for 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

SUNDAY 26 JUNE: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT RAMSDEN GARDEN CENTRE

Meet from 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure for Ramsden Garden Centre. Our route will take us out of Oxford along the Botley Rd and to Eynsham crossing the Toll Bridge. We’ll then cross the A40 and head along Cuckoo Lane to meet the A4095 and the cycle track to North Leigh. We’ll then descend the hill to New Yatt and Ramsden before arriving at the Garden Centre. Our return route will take us through Finstock and Wilcote before returning to the A4095. We’ll then follow the cycle track for a while before turning to Freeland and Church Hanborough. We’ll end up on the A40 at Eynsham and the group can split either returning along the A40 cycle track or via Eynsham and the Farmoor Rd. The ride is all on road or surfaced cycle track and includes a few short but steepish climbs which can be walked or ridden. The return trip will be approximately 31 miles and the ride leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

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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27 May 2016 at 7:51 pm

May 2016

Ellen writes… We had some interesting rides in April – and some interesting weather too! Our short and medium rides enjoyed blue sky and sunshine (though not, alas warmth!). However the Stop & Stare ride and the long ride to Jane’s tearooms enjoyed moments of extreme sogginess! You can see the contrast for yourself in our photo gallery on Google+.

I spent a week cycling through the New Forest, mainly on forest tracks and minor roads. As it was term time, the forest was very quiet and I got to see lots of wildlife from my bike including an adder. It hissed magnificently at me, so I was glad to be able to put my bike between me and it!

This month we have our usual varied mix of rides. Something for everybody, hopefully. Although the weather isn’t yet committed to summer, we are, because we are starting both our regular evening pub rides and our preparation for our 50 mile challenge by starting to lengthen our long rides.

SATURDAY 7th MAY – SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: EXPLORING SOME OF OXFORD’S PARKS

Meet by the statue of the ox outside Oxford rail station at 10.00am for a 10.15am departure. This 9-mile ride will take us through no less than seven parks, with quiet roads or cycle lanes between them. The parks are, in order, Oatlands, Grandpont, Hinksey, Florence, Cowley Marsh, South and lastly Harberton Heights. We will stop for coffee at the spacious Café Central at Brookes University. We will be on tarmac paths or minor roads and there is one hill which takes us up to Hilltop road which can be walked. To see the route on ‘Mapometer’ go to http://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4113712.html. The ride leader is Karen Wolff:  karen@wolffs.info.

TUESDAY 10TH MAY – STOP & STARE RIDE: OXFORD ARTWEEKS

It’s Artweeks in Oxford when local artists throw open their homes and studios to the public. Our slow and gentle morning Stop & Stare ride will begin outside the Sheldonian in the centre of town, and take the canal part way and then the road to Lower Wolvercote. We’ll head to Jacob’s Inn for coffee, and then spend a little time at some Artweeks exhibitions in the village. There are eight all close by.

Meet outside the Sheldonian at 10.15 to leave 10.30am. Ride length maximum an hour each way.

Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 07715207784

SUNDAY 15th MAY – MEDIUM RIDE: WORTON WIGGLE

Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown at 1.45 for a 2pm departure to Worton Organic Farm for tea. Because the cafe closes at 4 we’ll go straight there, via the Oxford Canal and Yarnton. Feel free to stock up on veg too, but don’t fill your panniers too full: most of the ride will be after Worton. We’ll then explore some of the country roads between the A40 and the A4095, taking in Church Hanborough and Freeland. We’ll return via Eynsham and the B4044 over Swinford Toll Bridge, dispersing at Botley. People who live in North Oxford can peel off at Eynsham if they wish and return via the A40 cycle path. The total distance is about 18 miles and there are no hills worth mentioning. The leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com; 07961 028262). This will be a social ride; partners of all varieties are welcome!

SATURDAY 21ST MAY – LONG RIDE: ARTWEEK IN SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE

We begin our sequence of longer rides over the summer with a 30 mile jaunt, our target Ewelme, a delightful small village, where the local pottery is open for Artweeks, with a range of artists showing their work. However, we will take our time, and stop off at one or two Artweeks venues. We will ride out via Gt Milton and Chalgrove and come back via Berrick Salome, Newington and Stadhampton, meeting in Headington outside Jacobs and Field, 15 Old High Street, Headington, so you can buy snacks for the ride, or at nearby Waitrose. First we start with the A40 cycle track to Wheatley to get out of the city quickly, before looping down through a string of pretty villages east of the city, returning to the city mid-afternoon. There are some gentle hills.

Meet 9.45am for 10am start at Jacobs and Field, 15 Old High Street, Headington. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 07715207784

SUNDAY 22nd MAY JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT THE FLOWERPOT CAFE, LONG CRENDON

Meet in Broad Street (near Oxford Campus Stores) at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure.  We will head out of Oxford via Barracks Lane and the steep Gidley Way hill (which can be walked, if necessary) and take the quiet roads through Wheatley, Worminghall and Shabbington before arriving in Long Crendon for our refreshment.  We will return on a nice long loop via Boarstall, Otmoor and Islip (plenty of options to shorten the ride if the weather is inclement!).  The ride will be a bit hilly but will be taken at a steady pace with plenty of views and downhill sections to distract us!  The ride will be 32 miles back to the ring road (Marsh Lane) and the ride leader is Natasha Williams (nlwilliams70@gmail.com or 01865 723 760).  You can download the route here:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13470166

THURSDAY 26th MAY – EVENING SOCIAL RIDE TO THE FLOWING WELL, SUNNINGWELL

Meet in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) from 6pm for a 6.15pm departure. We’ll take a slightly circuitous route to get to the pub (the Flowing Well in Sunningwell), via Kennington and Radley, roughly 10 miles, and come back in a more direct way (about 5 miles to the centre of Oxford). The ride is mainly flat, no real hills. This is a social ride, so male friends and partners are welcome to join us. Don’t forget to bring lights in case the ride back is in the twilight. The ride leader is Liz Weekes. 

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Beryl’s Night at Broken Spoke

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/

CYCLOX Event on  24th May: Laurie Taylor, City Centre Manager

Oxford’s City Centre Manager, Laurie Taylor, will tell us about her experience during her first two years in post and what plans there are for the future, no doubt also including the Westgate Centre. This is a great chance to understand the workings behind the scenes in Oxford’s historic centre.

The meeting is being organised jointly with OxPA, so please note the earlier start time and different venue. 7pm, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates.

4 May 2016 at 8:52 pm

April 2016

Ellen writes… I hope you all had a very good Easter break and, like me, are now hoping to feel the sun on your back. It seems as though it’s been a long, dark, wet and windy winter and some consistently warmer weather feels very overdue.

April sees the return of our monthly midweek Stop & Stare rides with a brand new route exploring some of Oxford’s more interesting trees. Over the summer look out for more stop & stare rides with a variety of themes including Artweeks, architecture and wildlife.

The Isis ride leaders got together last month to plan the summer ride schedule and we hope you will find it enticing. In May we will be starting our monthly summer evening pub rides and our long rides will also start to get longer in preparation for our 50 mile challenge ride which this year will be on Saturday 3rdSeptember and will find us heading to Northamptonshire for a change.

Happy pedalling!

SATURDAY 2nd APRIL: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: AN 8 MILE POST-EASTER SAUNTER ROUND SECRET HEADINGTON

Dust off your bikes, oil your chains, remember a rucksack or pannier for carrying home some Portuguese goodies and join us for the first short Isis ride after Easter!

We will meet at 09:45am for a prompt 10am start outside The South Lodge, University Parks (OX1 3JA, corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road) for an 8 mile slow and gentle ride around lesser known and secret Headington. We will cycle through University Parks before ‘doing’ the inevitable hill – a gentle climb past the big houses on the tree-lined Harberton Mead, which is by far the easiest route to Headington! We will explore the quiet cycle lanes and residential streets of Old Headington and Headington Quarry.

If we have a dry day, we may visit the CS Lewis Nature Reserve in Risinghurst. Thought to be the inspiration behind the Narnia classic, this tranquil woodland and pond once belonged to CS Lewis, and is now managed by BBOWT. Either way, we will be stopping for coffee and a Portuguese egg tart (pasteis de Nata) and/or some other scrumptious cake at the local Portuguese café, AKA Madeira Supermarket.  After coffee, we will return to either ‘downtown’ Headington or the starting point in town, depending on the group. The ride leader is Lucy Wright, her email is lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk in case of queries.

SATURDAY 9th APRIL: MEDIUM RIDE: BLUEBELL RIDE

Meet in Radcliffe Square (behind the University Church) at 10am for a 10.15am departure on a ride which will take us over Cumnor and Boar’s Hills before descending through Bayworth and Sunninghill and onto our refreshment stop at Sandford Lock. On the way, we’ll pass Bagley Wood where we hope to stop and admire the bluebells. We’ll leave central Oxford along the Thames heading to North Hinksey. We will then climb up the back of Cumnor Hill (steeper but shorter than the main road). Once at the top, we will descend gently to Dry Sandford before turning off through Wooton and Old Boars Hill. After another short and steep climb, we’ll stop to catch breath and admire the views of Oxford from Jarn Mound. We will then descend to Bayworth and Sunningwell before riding along the edge of Bagley Wood. The ride is approximately 16.5 miles round trip back to town and refreshments will be taken after about 12.5 miles. The ride includes 2 steep climbs, but don’t be put off. We will take them at a gentle pace and there’s no problem if you prefer to get off and walk. All the climbs are on quiet roads. The ride leader (and chief bluebell hunter) will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk)

TUESDAY 12th APRIL: STOP & STARE RIDE: THE INTERESTING TREES OF OXFORD

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 the weather is nice, and if we are lucky, we may get to see the magnificent fritillary display in Magdalen College Park.  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.  You can email janecs@phonecoop.coop if you need any more detail, as the exact itinerary will be available nearer the time.

SATURDAY 16h APRIL: LONG RIDE: TEA AT JANE’S ENCHANTED TEA GARDENS

Meet in Broad street in front of the Tourist Information Office at 10.45am for an 11.00am start. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5/51. It will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon and onto Kirtlington then onto the track down to Jane’s Enchanted Tea Gardens near Pigeon Lock).

The return journey is via Tackley and Woodstock, returning to Oxford down the A44 cycle track. This route includes several sections of off-road tracks. Most have a good surface (in the dry) but there is one section just before Tackley Station that is probably not suitable for bikes with very narrow road tyres.

This route (which is approx. 26 miles long) does include a couple of hills in either direction which can be taken at your own pace or walked. The ride leader is Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890731542, email lilia_bonacorsi@hotmail.com).

PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming on this ride, please let Lilia know by14th April because the tearoom is very popular and she will need to book to avoid disappointment.

SUNDAY 24th APRIL: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO COFFEE AT WOODSTOCK

Meet at 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure from outside the Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will leave through Jericho and North Oxford and take the more direct route to Woodstock, if conditions allow. The return journey to Oxford will be longer and more scenic traveling along country roads and cycle paths as much as possible. The entire trip will be approximately 20 miles, will be taken at a steady pace and is relatively flat. The ride leader to coffee and back will be Lucy Wright (lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk).

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 event, please visit the Beryl’s Night websiste.

 

30 March 2016 at 8:19 pm

March 2016

Ellen writes… Not the greatest weather in February! We ended up having to cancel one ride due to high winds and rain and shorten a second one. Our long ride to Tackley did go ahead as planned with 6 riders braving wind, rain and mud! They were rewarded with a great selection of hearty and warming food at the community café. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this month we have some warmer (less cold?) and calmer conditions so that we can concentrate on enjoying our riding? We’ll see!

Be sure to read to the bottom of this newsletter because there are details of cycling related activities organised by Broken Spoke and Cyclox plus news of another yoga workshop.

The Isis Cyclists leaders’ group will be meeting in the middle of March to sort out the programme for the summer. As usual, we will be running our ‘short and steady’ and medium length rides. Our long rides will be building up for our 50-mile challenge ride in early September. Our midweek ‘Stop & Stare’ rides will be getting under way again in April, exploring within the ring road. We’ll also be including some summer evening rides. If you have any ideas for a new destination or would like to return to an old favourite, please do email me and we’ll try to fit it in the schedule (ellen@133.me.uk).

In the meantime I hope the sun shines and the wind stops blowing and that you’ll join us on one of our March rides.

SATURDAY 5th MARCH: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: SANDFORD ON THAMES

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 10:15 am for a 10:30 am start. This slow and gentle trip to Sandford on Thames and back is an ideal way of getting back into the saddle after winter, or venturing out on your first Isis ride. Mostly flat all the way, we will head out of the centre down St Ebbes, using the footbridge to cross the Thames and dropping onto the riverside path. From there we follow the river all the way to Sandford via Iffley. We might encounter a few puddles so mudgards and thicker tyres recommended! We’ll return via Rose Hill and Donnington Bridge and the Iffley Road. The coffee stop is at the farmers market in Sandford Village Hall. The ride is fairly flat and 9 miles long. We will arrive back in the centre of town 1pm at the latest. Ride leader Lucy Tennyson tel: 0771520 7784

Note: For an ideal warm down and stretch after the ride, Lucy will be leading a yoga and tai chi workshop for cyclists in Oxford from 2-5pm afterwards in East Oxford (see bottom of this newsletter for more details)

SATURDAY 12th MARCH: MEDIUM RIDE: CUMNOR AND LOOPING BACK VIA BESSELSLEIGH, COTHILL AND FYFIELD FOLLOWED BY SOCIAL LUNCH

Meet by the statue of the ox opposite the entrance to Oxford station at 9.45am for a 10.00am start. We will pedal up Cumnor Hill in a leisurely manner and into the village. From there, we will take a circular route through Besselsleigh, Cothill, Tubney, Fyfield, and Appleton (or maybe the other way round, depending on the wind). Our destination is Liz’s home in Cumnor for a bring-and-share lunch. Once you’re refreshed, it’s an easy ride downhill back into Oxford. The ride will inevitably involve climbing Cumnor Hill, but apart from that is more or less flat and is approximately 16 miles long to Liz’s house. This is a mixed social ride, so male friends and partners are welcome. The ride leader is Liz Matthews.

Note from Liz about catering: I will provide home-made soup for all, and we ask each person to bring a contribution to share: bread (eg rolls or a baguette), a salad, or cake. The ride passes my house after about 5 miles, so we’ll stop briefly to offload the food.

To help with the planning, please can you contact me during the week before the ride to let me know you what you’d like to bring: liz.masterman@gmail.com or 07961 028262. Also, if you think you might be peckish en route, bring a snack and we can linger at one of the regrouping points for people to replenish their energy reserves.

SATURDAY 19h MARCH: LONG RIDE ** Change of meeting point **

Meet in Marston, outside the Co-op store (in the  row of shops in the slip road opposite the BP garage by the small roundabouts) at 9.45am ready to set off at 10am. We’ll be looking out for the first signs of spring on this circular route around the pretty villages of Otmoor, which is popular with many local cycling clubs. We won’t be racing round however, but going at a steady pace, allowing time for the hills (only a couple) as many of us will be lacking strength in our legs at this time of year (me included!). We will cycle out of the city through Marston towards Islip, and then head off through Oddington, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Fencott, Murcott and Horton-cum-Studley, with a break for coffee and snacks at the Panshill Wood Fishery. The ride length 22 miles. The ride leader will be Lucy Tennyson tel: 0771 520 7784.

SUNDAY 20th MARCH: JOINT ISIS-OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO ASTON POTTERY

Meet in Broad St near Oxford Campus Stores for a prompt 9:30am departure for Aston Pottery. The route to Aston will lie south of the Thames, going up Cumnor Hill and taking the back road through the villages to Hinton Waldrist, then crossing the A420 to continue through Pusey. We’ll then turn north to re-cross the A420 and ride through Buckland, down the hill to Tadpole Bridge; thence to Cote and Aston. Return will be via a the more familiar route through Stanton Harcourt and Eynsham. This will be a very long ride by Isis standards: 20 miles to Aston and 15 miles back to Oxford, but it will take in some pretty lanes that we don’t normally get to explore. Cumnor Hill is the only substantial climb on the outward route. (If the weather forecast is breezy, the outward route may go via Standlake instead.) The ride leader is Liz Matthews (liz.masterman@gmail.com).

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 event, visit the Beryl’s Night page of the Broken Spoke website.

Stop, Stretch and Go! Saturday 5 March

Isis ride leader Lucy Tennyson will be joined by fellow cyclists Alison Partridge and Ann Furtado (one of the co-founders of Isis) for a Stop, Stretch and Go! Yoga and tai chi workshop. The aim is to help cyclists learn how to stretch out fully after their chosen activity. This helps boost recovery, and tones up muscles ready for the next ride or activity. Ann will lead an introductory session on how tai chi can help maintain flexibility. The workshop will begin with a gentle warm up and stretching using yoga postures. This will be followed by a contrasting session of stronge vinyasa flow yoga, with gentler alternative stretches as an option.

The workshop is on Saturday 5 March, at St Alban’s Hall, Charles St, East Oxford from 2-5pm. Cost £20/£15 students. Email yoga@lucytennyson.com to book a place.

Cyclox Short Film Competition

Cyclox Cycling Shorts. Wednesday 9th March, Short film competition screening!: FREE!, 6.45pm (for 7.00pm start) to 8.00pm, Keble College, O’Reilly Theatre, Oxford OX1 3PG – please enter via Blackhall Road. Screening of all 24 film entries, prize giving, and commentary and feedback by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz and Chair of Cyclox Simon Hunt. You can link to all the entries from our short film competition page. Please note: entry is free, and the venue capacity is 181 people, so please arrive promptly to ensure you get a seat!

 

28 February 2016 at 9:40 pm

February 2016

Ellen writes… Well, we managed to make it through this January without needing to cancel any rides: quite an achievement, I feel! My highlight of the January rides was definitely the medium ride on the 16th: a cold but bright Saturday morning. As we stopped to recover our breath at the top of the hill out of Barton, we looked up and saw a “smile in the sky” a rare circumzenithial arc that looks like a bright upside-down rainbow, high in the sky. It’s caused by light scattered off ice crystals and is only seen occasionally in cold and bright conditions. Here’s a picture of it:

Arc

Photo by Liz Matthews

The Oxford Civic Society has a talk this month, which looks as if it will be of interest to many of us, especially those who have cycled in Cambridge recently and discovered that far more people use cycles there! See bottom of this newsletter.

SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: TO SANDFORD FOOD MARKET

Meet at 9.45am at Bonn Square at the end of Queen Street for a prompt 10am departure. We will ride down St Ebbes to the river Thames towpath south to beyond the ring road and then onto the cycle path by the railway to Sandford Lock. On the other side of the river, we will take refreshments at Sandford Village Hall where we can enjoy their new bigger cafe area and the weekly food market. Check out the Talking Shop project website below.

You can order food online to collect on the day if you wish. See website below.

From there we will return to Oxford via Littlemore, Rose Hill, Iffley village and Meadow Lane. This flat ride is 9 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider, so please don’t be shy if you’ve not been on a bike for a while. The ride leader is Clare Farley.

SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY: MEDIUM RIDE: A RIDE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

This mixed social ride will feature romantic memories for Isis riders, as well as a couple of famous/fictional proposals of marriage. Bring your partner and relive those heady days. The ride will be between 12 and 15 miles long and taken at a moderate pace. There is one hill, up to Headington. We’ll stop briefly at various locations, to recall the stories associated with them.

Meet at the Sheldonian Theatre at 10.45am, for a departure at 11am. We will stop for a lunchtime snack at the Fishes at North Hinksey, or if people prefer, at the Vaults and Gardens café at the end of the ride. The route will be as flexible as possible, to accommodate the weather and ground conditions, and also to include any more nominations received by the leader, Jane Carlton Smith (janecs@phonecoop.coop) .

Please contact Jane with your romantic memories – it’s not too late – or to find out more, if you need to.  You can ring me on 07833 731253 if you’re running late and need to meet up with us.

SATURDAY 20th FEBRUARY: LONG RIDE: A TRIP TO TACKLEY

Meet in Broad Street in front of the Tourist Information Office at 11am for an 11.15am start. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5 and 51. It will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon and onto Kirtlington then onto the track down to Pigeon Lock. We will continue on the Sustrans route off-road to Tackley where we will stop for refreshments at the village shop.

The return journey is via Woodstock, returning to Oxford down the A44 cycle track. This route includes several sections of off-road tracks. Most have a good surface (in the dry) but there is one section just before Tackley Station that is probably not suitable for bikes with very narrow road tyres.

This route (which is approx. 26 miles long) does include a couple of hills in either direction which can be taken at your own pace or walked. The ride leader is Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890 731542, email lilia_bonacorsi@hotmail.com).

If you would like to shorten the ride to the outward journey only, there are trains back to Oxford from Tackley at 13.26, 15.26 and 17.26.

SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO WATERPERRY GARDENS

Meet at 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure from outside the Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will leave through the University Parks and Headington and take the back roads route to Waterperry via Stanton St John and Worminghall. The return journey to Oxford will follow country roads searching for spring flowers in Great Milton and Cuddesdon and we will continue traveling along country roads and cycle paths as much as possible. The entire trip will be approximately 24 miles, will be taken at a steady pace and has several hills or ‘undulations’ which will be taken at a gentle pace or can be walked. The ride leader to coffee and back will be Lucy Wright (lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk).

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Team Beryl

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

Oxford Civic Society: Restoring Oxford as the UK’s Cycling Capital

Thursday 11 February
Speaker: Professor Danny Dorling
Ship Street Centre (The Bastion), Ship Street
Coffee/tea 7.30pm, talk 8pm (free to all)

By 2011 Oxford had dropped to third place in terms of the proportion of its population travelling by cycle each day. So what would it take to restore Oxford to its rightful place as the capital of everyday cycling in the UK? This talk by Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at Oxford University, takes a somewhat irreverent look at the recent history of planning in the city and at ways to counter the jams. Danny is a very entertaining speaker.

 

3 February 2016 at 10:21 pm

January 2016

Ellen writes… A very happy New Year to everyone. I hope you’ve been able to get out and about a bit, despite the wind and rain. Let’s hope that the elements are kind to us and that all our January rides will have great weather. However, if winter does decide to visit us and we need to cancel a ride, an email will be sent to the Google Group. We will also try to put a notification on Facebook and the website, but this isn’t always possible.

Unfortunately, we haven’t yet sorted out the weekend away. But fear not, it will happen and you’ll be able to book in February. The dates remain the same, 17th-19th June, so mark the weekend in your diary.

SATURDAY 9th JANUARY: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: HEADING NORTH TO EAST OXFORD

Meet from 9.45am in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) for a 10am departure for a ridiculously circuitous route to coffee at the East Oxford Farmers and Community Market. We will head out through leafy North Oxford before turning south through Jericho back to the city centre where we will pick up the river towpath to Iffley. We will wend our way up through the village emerging on Rose Hill before finally heading towards our destination between Union St and East Street. The route is 9 miles long, so cakes are fully justified! Why not bring an empty pannier to take some shopping home? The route is mostly flat, but there is one climb from the river at Iffley up to Rose Hill. This can be taken at any pace, or walked. The ride leader is Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

SATURDAY 16th JANUARY: MEDIUM RIDE –  A WINTER LEG-STRETCHER OUT TO HORTON CUM STUDLEY AND STANTON ST JOHN

We’ll meet at the corner of Osler Road and London Road, Headington at 10.00 am for a 10.15 am departure. We will set off for Stanton St.John, then towards Boarstall, crossing the M40 a couple of times on our way to Horton-cum-Studley. We will then return to Stanton St. John for refreshments at the Talkhouse Pub. After that, we will return to Headington a more direct way, via Forest Hill and the A40 bike path. This ride is 17 miles long (most of it before refreshments!) and there’s a bit of a hill after Horton, but there are also some lovely downhills, too! The ride leader will be Liz Weekes. Check out the route.

SATURDAY 23rd JANUARY: LONG RIDE

Meet outside Marks & Spencer in Summertown at 11.45am for a noon departure. We will pick up the cycle track to Cutteslowe Park and then the bridlepath to Water Eaton and cycle through Islip and up to Weston on the Green, where we will stop at The Milk Shed for refreshments. It will be a leisurely stop so those who want to order lunch can. We will then head back towards Islip and Woodeaton and back into Oxford via Marston. The ride is approximately 22 miles long. We will aim for a pacey 12mph so we don’t get cold and so we get back before it gets dark. However, the service can be slow at the Milk Shed, so please bring lights just in case we get caught short. we hope to get back into Oxford around 3.30 – 4pm. Leader: Natasha Williams.

The route can be accessed here:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11842879

SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO MILLETS FARM

Meet in Broad St near Oxford Campus Stores for a prompt 9:30am departure for Millets Farm near Frilford. The route will leave Oxford via the Botley Rd and Cumnor Hill before continuing through Cumnor village and Besselsleigh where we will cross the A420 to Dry Sandford, Cothill and Marcham. There, weather permitting, we will push our bikes through the church yard and take the track which meets the A3238 near Frilford cross rds. We will then proceed, via the Abingdon Rd, to Millets Farm for coffee. The return route will take us through Fyfield, Appleton and Cumnor before cutting down from Cumnor Hill to North Hinksey and back to the centre of Oxford using Willow Walk and the river towpath. The ride to coffee and back is 24 miles and includes one climb, that of Cumnor Hill. The ride leader is Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

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/

 

5 January 2016 at 9:59 pm

December 2015

Ellen writes… Well, what a dark, gloomy, damp and breezy November it was! Congratulations to all those (not me!) who got out on one of the two surviving Isis rides.

There are a couple of cycling social events I’d like to bring your attention to. Firstly, Isis Cyclists have been invited to attend the Wantage CTC annual charity mince pie cycle ride to Whitehorse Hill on Sunday 6th December. There are a number of different length rides leaving Wantage Market Place from 9.45am. For details see below.

Secondly, if you’re out and about in West Oxfordshire on Sunday 13th December, why not pop in to support the Christmas Bike Café at Fairspear House, Leafield? Money raised is for the Bike Witney project (see poster below).

Finally, a date for your 2016 diaries: the Isis weekend away on 17th– 19th June. There will be options to camp, glamp, or B&B. We plan to include full details in the next newsletter.

Happy pedalling and have a great festive season!

SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: EXPLORING THE LANES ROUND WOLVERCOTE, SUMMERTOWN AND MARSTON

Meet by the statue of the Ox at Oxford rail station at 10.45 for an 11.00 am departure. We will head off up the canal to Wolvercote, then cross the railway and follow the back streets through Summertown to the Marston ferry cycle path. We dip off there and follow the river Cherwell for a short way to reach the Victoria Arms, where we can take refreshments. We then carry on through old Marston towards the city centre, cutting down Ferry Road and across Mesopotamia which will bring us back into the city centre. The ride is 7.5 miles long and more or less flat. It will be led by Karen Wolff (karen@wolffs.info). Please note the slightly later start time in order to fit in with the pub’s opening times.

See the route on Mapometer.

SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER – WANTAGE CTC GROUP – ANNUAL MINCE PIE CHARITY RIDES TO WHITEHORSE HILL

The Wantage CTC group has invited us to their annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children’s mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage Market Place from 9:45 onwards or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz-Kidz.

There will be a variety of different length rides (including an off-road ride) to choose from – ride entries with details will appear closer to the date. This is a very popular event, so please arrive in good time for registration.

Afterwards the rides will continue for an optional pub lunch. There will also be a ride directly back to Wantage.

Read more…

SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER: MEDIUM RIDE TO WORTON ORGANIC GARDENS

Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown (corner of Banbury and Oakthorpe Roads from 12.45pm for a 13.00 departure to Worton Organic Gardens near Yarnton. We will make our way north along the back streets of Summertown to the main Kidlington Rd where we will take the cycle track and then the bridle track through Watereaton where we can try out the newly opened bridge which means there’s no more muddy field to ride across, what luxury! We will then cut through Kidlington and head towards the A44 and through Yarnton Village to the Organic Gardens at Worton. We’ll stop to browse the shop (don’t forget to leave extra room in your panniers) and take early tea in the adjacent café. The return route will be functional rather than scenic via Cassington and the A40 cycle track (roadworks permitting)! The route is flat except for a couple of steepish bridges and should be around 15 miles in length (returning to Summertown). Although we plan to be back in the light, it’s a good idea to carry bike lights, just in case. The leader will be Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk)

SATURDAY 19th DECEMBER: LONG RIDE: “DECK THE BIKES WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY” FESTIVE FUN RIDE TO ABINGDON

Meet outside the Sheldonian at 9.45am with both you and your bike looking suitably festive: e.g. tinsel twined around tubs, baubles dangling from the crossbar, mistletoe tied to your handlebars, reindeer antlers poking through your helmet etc. Let your imaginations run riot – but please ensure that your bike remains safe to ride. Christmas lights threaded through your spokes are not recommended!

We’ll set off at 10am to Abingdon via Kennington, Boar’s Hill, Wootton and Cothill, returning via Radley and Kennington. Coffee will probably be at Throwing Buns, but depending on the quantity of Christmas shoppers in the town we may have to spread ourselves across more than one cafe. There’s only one serious hill: the short and steep rise out of Bayworth.

This is the basic route and should be about 21 miles. If people think the idea of decorating bikes is fun but feel that the distance is a little too far, please let me know and I’ll shorten the route to a medium length (15-17 miles). More people are preferable to more miles!

The leader is Liz Matthews: liz.masterman@gmail.com

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!

Information about this month’s Beryl’s Night.

1 December 2015 at 9:16 pm

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