January 2017

Ellen writes… I hope you all had a fantastic and restful Christmas and New Year break. 2017 should be full of cycling fun! Make sure you check the starting times of rides this month because some are later than usual to give us the best chance of avoiding ice and cold.

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A murmuration of starlings sighted on our ride to Otmoor in November

SATURDAY 7th JANUARY: SLOW AND STEADY TO NORTH HINKSEY

Meet at 9.45 am for a 10.00 departure, by the statue of the ox opposite the main entrance to Oxford Railway Station. We will ride up the canal towards Wolvercote, then on through Wytham. We’ll then continue south to Botley and North Hinksey, where we’ll stop for refreshments at The Fishes, then return to Oxford via Willow Walk. The ride is 10 miles in length and is more or less flat. The ride leader is Clare Farley.

SATURDAY 14TH JANUARY: MEDIUM RIDE TO SUNNINGWELL

Meet from 10.45 am in Radcliffe Square, Oxford (at the back of the University Church) for an 11.00 am departure for Sunningwell. We will leave Oxford using quiet roads and tracks to join Sustrans route 5 through South Oxford, Kennington, and Radley to the outskirts of Abingdon. Here we will turn west to pick up Penn Lane, a bridle track, which will take us to Sunningwell where we will have refreshments at The Flowing Well PH. We will return more directly via Bagley Wood and Kennington. The ride is 16 miles long and largely flat. It includes a couple of sections of bridle track, so mudguards are a good idea and narrow tyres a bad idea! Please also remember to bring lights, especially if it is a dull day because it may be dusk by the time we return to Oxford. The ride leader will be Liz Weekes.

SATURDAY 21st JANUARY: LONG RIDE TO ANNIE’S TEA ROOM

Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street at 10.15 for a 10.30 start. Our intended route is sausage-shaped, going north along Sustains route 1 via Water Eaton, 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 Annie’s Tea Room at Thrupp. Depending on the time of our arrival, you can opt for a late coffee or an early lunch. The return route is shorter and takes us south to Kidlington and across to Yarnton. We’ll join the cycle path alongside the A44; thence to Summertown.

Depending on the weather, the itinerary may change slightly once we’re beyond the ring road on the outward leg. So you can meet us anywhere between our starting-point and Cutteslowe. The maximum distance should be 22-23 miles, and the leader is Liz Matthews.

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY: JOINT ISIS-OXFORD CYCLING UK RIDE: A WINTER WANDER TO WATERPERRY

Meet outside Campus Stores in Broad Street at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure to wend our way out of Oxford and head off to Waterperry for coffee.  The route back will be a pretty meander via Great Milton.  The total ride distance is 27 miles and if the weather is particularly unpleasant there are plenty of options for a quicker ride home.  Ride leader is Natasha Williams.

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