Sat 19 June 2010: *two* rides for National Bike Week

Today we ran two rides of different lengths in celebration of National Bike Week. Both rides started from the Radcliffe Camera at staggered times. The rides joined up around noon at the Isis Tavern in Iffley. (We also met up with riders on a Cyclox ride.)

1) the shorter ride: 6-7 miles to Sandford-on-Thames
This ride set off at 11am for a gentle ride to Sandford-on-Thames to enjoy views of the river, returning in the direction of Oxford along the towpath, meeting up with cyclists from the other rides at the Isis Tavern. This ride covered 6-7 miles at a slow and steady pace. The ride leader was Lucy Tennyson.

2) the longer ride: a 15 mile ‘Twin Peaks’ ride
Fourteen Isis Cyclists assembled in glorious summer sunshine in Radcliffe Square in Oxford for a 15 mile ride exploring countryside to the south-west of Oxford. We began by negotiating the busy streets of central Oxford as we headed out of town through Jericho and Port Meadow. We then followed the river over Fiddlers Island to Osney and then to North Hinksey. After using the underpass to cross the ring road we began to tackle our first ‘peak’ by climbing up Raleigh Park. Thanks to some cunning navigation we wended our way upwards only meeting the main road at the top of Cumnor Hill. We then enjoyed a gravity and wind assisted few miles to Wootton before finding our second peak, i.e. Old Boars Hill. Everyone took this steep hill at there own pace and were rewarded with fantastic views back to Oxford and the dreaming spires. After a well-deserved picnic refreshment stop we continued downhill to Bayworth and Kennington before picking up the river towpath to Iffley and our ultimate destination, the Isis Tavern where we met up with other Isis riders who had been on the alternative short ride and also some who had been on a longer ride organized by Cyclox. The leader was Ellen Lee and the sweeper was Lucy Wright.


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