June 2019

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At Wheatley windmill, 11th May

Ellen writes…

Isis Cyclists has got a busy month ahead that includes our annual weekend away near Charlbury and a good selection of other rides, including an extra evening social ride to celebrate National Bike Week which this year runs from 8th-16th June. As usual, there are a good number and variety of rides available to take part in and organised by Oxford’s various bike clubs, so why not check out the Oxford Bike Week website and see if there are any other rides that take your fancy? If you can face getting up early, the solstice ride is a wonderful thing to do, especially if the weather is good, and it gives you an excellent excuse to indulge yourself afterwards with breakfast at a café! I should also mention that there is also a leisurely Sunday morning ride organised by the Oxford City Cycling Group on Sunday 16th June to which Isis Cyclists are cordially invited.

Happy cycling!

SATURDAY 1ST JUNE: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: CHILSWELL LANE

Meet at 10am for a prompt 10.15 departure outside the customer services entrance to John Lewis in Norfolk Street (you’ll see all the bike racks – by those).  We will head over to Friars Wharf and Kennington and then pick up the lovely Chilswell Lane, exiting via Oxford Brookes at Harcourt Hill and heading to the Fishes in North Hinksey for refreshments.  We will then return to Friars Wharf via Willow Walk and the towpath.  The ride is just 10 miles long and the ride leader is Natasha Williams.  You can view the ride at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13930590. The route details may change if there’s heavy rain before the ride.  Chilswell Lane is a gravel track, so not ideal for super skinny tyres but any uneven sections can be walked.

FRI – SUN 7TH TO 9TH JUNE: WEEKEND AWAY

Final information is being sent to participants via our mailing list.

WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE: EXTRA MIXED SOCIAL RIDE FOR NATIONAL BIKE WEEK

Meet outside the Up in Arms PH on the Marston Road (opposite Londis) at 6pm for a prompt 6.15pm start.  We will head out of Oxford on quieter roads and cycle paths and head towards Islip for a loop around Otmoor before stopping at the Abingdon Arms PH in Beckley for refreshments.  We will then head straight back to Oxford and take the quieter back roads through Barton to return to Marston Road where the ride will end.  Please note that the majority of the ride (17 miles) will be before the refreshment stop and we will need to maintain a steady pace averaging 11 or 12 mph in order to make sure we’re not out too late.  The ride is hilly, but hills will be taken at your own speed with regular regrouping.  The ride leader is Natasha Williams.  You can view the ride at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30095265

SATURDAY 15TH JUNE: LONG RIDE: EXPLORING SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE

We’ll meet outside the Sheldonian (opposite Blackwells) at 9.45am, ready to start at 10am.  Riding along Barracks Lane, we’ll head towards Horspath and can pick up people at the junction of the Ring Road and Horspath Road (diagonally opposite the Mini Plant car park).  We aim to be there by 10.20am.  Our destination is Preston Crowmarsh, via Cuddesdon, Little Milton, Berrick Salome and Benson.  There is a short steep climb up Barracks Lane and a longer hill from Horspath up towards Cuddesdon, and walking is allowed!  We’ll have lunch at the Cart Shed at Preston Crowmarsh, where a table is booked for 10 at 1pm.

If you think you might be joining us, it would be very helpful if you could contact Jane Carlton Smith (though obviously you may not decide until you see what the weather is doing).  Returning via Shillingford Bridge and Dorchester, there are opportunities for wine tasting and tea, by popular vote.  We then return to Oxford via Drayton St Leonard, Stadhampton and Chiselhampton.  There are a few not very steep hills, unless we choose to avoid the main road and go through Cuddesdon.  There is inevitably some riding on main roads, but we’ll also enjoy some quiet roads and gorgeous midsummer countryside.  The ride is about 36 miles and is the first of our longer rides, leading up to the 50 mile challenge in September.  Jane Carlton Smith is leading.

SUNDAY 16TH JUNE: OXFORD CITY CYCLING SHORT SUNDAY RIDE

Meet for a prompt 9:30am start outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will be leaving Oxford via Headington and Barton before crossing the B4027 and descending to Horton cum Studley. We’ll then climb the hill and return to Stanton St John for tea at the PYO. The route will be approximately 20 miles long and will be taken at a typical Isis long ride pace (average 10mph approx). There are three hills to be conquered and riders are encouraged to take them at their own pace and can walk if they prefer. The refreshment stop is after roughly 15 miles and so the final leg of the journey back to Oxford (via Elsfield and Marston) will be about 5 miles long, so you won’t need to carry any fruit or veg you acquire too far! The leader will be Stephen Lee (stephen@133.me.uk).

WEDNESDAY 19TH JUNE: STOP & STARE RIDE: A RIVERINE RIDE WITH TEA IN THE MEADOW

Starting from Magdalen Bridge (wait on the pavement on the left hand side heading out of town), we’ll ride down Meadow Lane to Donnington Bridge, where we’ll join the towpath to ride north along the river to The Perch.  We have the option of a short visit to the church of St Margaret of Antioch at Binsey, then we’ll return along Binsey Lane to Medley Manor Farm, where a gorgeous café awaits us.  While there, you may be able to pick up some vegetables and of course some strawberries, from the stall.  We’ll meet on Magdalen Bridge at 1.45pm, to start at 2pm and should finish our tea by 5pm.  The ride is 6.3 miles long from the start back to the Station, and flat.  Jane Carlton Smith is the leader.

THURSDAY 20TH JUNE EVENING: MIXED 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 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 Lilia Bonacorsi.

SUNDAY 30TH JUNE: AFTERNOON MIXED SOCIAL TEA RIDE: TEA AT HOGACRE COMMON

We will meet outside the Sheldonian (opposite the Weston Library) for a prompt 1.30pm start. We will be leaving through the Botley Rd and the much loved (not) hill to Cumnor. From here we will follow the Appleton Road cutting across to Besselsleigh, Dry Sandford and Sunningwell. We will reach Hogacre getting back into Oxford through Kennington and New Hinksey. We will end up in the lovely pop-up café at Hogacre Common, where you can laze around, admire the local products and enjoy the rest of your afternoon (hopefully  a sunny one).

The route is 16 miles and reasonably flat, once you have conquered Cumnor Hill.
As this is a mixed social ride, male friends and family are very welcome to join us. The ride leader is Leonor Barroca.

Please note that to get to the café, you will either need to carry your bike over a railway footbridge, or alternatively lock your bike on the Oxford side and walk over on foot.