December 2019

In this issue:

Ellen writes (or rather, asks)…

Isis ride to Steventon 16-11-19

Our high-vis jackets compete with the autumn colours on November’s long ride

Welcome to the December newsletter. This month, instead of mentioning the weather(!) I’m going to make a plea for help with designing a new logo for Isis Cyclists. Those of you who have been riding with us a long time may remember our previous logo, featuring a woman riding a bike in a dress and high heels(!) with a cape billowing out around her. It comes from a 1920s poster which you can see on the Poster Corner website. We can’t reproduce the poster here as we’re not sure of the copyright situation – which is one of the reasons why we can no longer use a cropped section of it as a logo. Also, is uses several colours and is quite “fussy”, not ideal for reproduction.

We like to refer to it as “the flying woman”! We think it does a great job of saying what the group is about. To me it suggests things like:

  • We really enjoy our cycling.
  • We aren’t “sporty.”
  • You don’t need to be a cyclist already to join in.
  • You don’t need expensive equipment or specialist cycle clothing.
  • Cycling makes us feel good.
  • Cycling gives us freedom.

Isis Cyclists have so many diverse talents that there must be one of you with a knowledge of/interest in/experience of graphic design who has a bit of spare time to create a new logo for us. As we like so many of the messages that the “flying woman” makes us think of, what we probably need is a more stylised, simplified and perhaps more modern version of her. We imagine that a monochrome image will be simplest and it should fit in with the style and colours used on our website. Oh yes, the flying thing is not actually compulsory!

If you think you’re the person for the job, please could you get in touch with me (if you don’t know my email address, use the Contact Us page on this website). We would like to have our new logo ready by the spring.

Happy cycling!

Check our photo site for pictures taken on our rides in November: https://photos.app.goo.gl/VuVc1bgUE4nX1x8JA

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: FEELING CHRISTMASSY YET?

This short and steady ride will help you get into the mood for Christmas by visiting a couple of Christmas related exhibitions in Summertown. Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad St, Oxford (opposite Blackwells Bookshop) from 12:15pm for a prompt 12:30pm start. We will take Sustrans Route 51 on minor roads and tracks to Summertown where we will visit the Winter Light Exhibition at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery and the Turrill Sculpture Garden Christmas Exhibition. We will then head south towards Jericho where we will stop for tea and cakes at the Branca Food Café. If the section of the Oxford Canal that is currently being resurfaced is finished, we will give it a try. The ride will be around 6 miles in length and is flat. The leader is Lilia Bonacorsi.

SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER: MEDIUM RIDE: WORTON ORGANIC GARDENS VIA KIDLINGTON

Meet by Costa Coffee in Summertown from 9.45am for a prompt 10am departure for a ride to Worton via the back lanes of Kidlington. We’ll ride via Cutteslowe, Water Eaton and a maze of Kidlington lanes, ways and avenues, including Begbroke Lane (if not too muddy!), over the A44 to Rutten Lane and through Yarnton to the Worton Organic Gardens for some of their gorgeous cake/puddings and maybe a little organic shopping. Back via Cassington and the A40 cycle path to Summertown. Distance is around 15 miles. No hills are involved in the making of this ride! Leader is Liz Weekes.

SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER: MIXED SOCIAL LONG RIDE: THE BOTHY VINEYARD

This long ride goes south-west to the award-winning Bothy Vineyard, which is open for Christmas sales from 11am to 6pm. Meet in Radcliffe Square behind the University Church at 10:00 for a prompt 10:15 departure. The outward route takes us through South Oxford, Kennington and either Sunningwell or Boars Hill, and we return via Cothill, Wootton and Cumnor. Because the vineyard doesn’t sell coffee, we will probably have an early stop at either the Flowing Well pub in Sunningwell or the Fox Inn on Boars Hill. Make sure you have room in your panniers for a bottle or two (or three!), but it’s fine simply to browse.

The total ride is about 21 miles, and will be generally flat if we go through Sunningwell, or with one short and steep hill if we go via Boars Hill. The leader is Liz Matthews. Because it’s so close to Christmas, this is a mixed social ride, and partners and friends are warmly invited to join us. And feel free to deck out your bike (and/or yourself) in festive garb.

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR INBOX FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A POP-UP POST CHRISTMAS AND PRE-NEW YEAR RIDE!