February 2022

A sunny outing in January

New Highway Code

Saturday 29th January saw the adoption of the new Highway Code, which we all hope will make responsibilities clearer, and the roads safer for all road users. Isis Cyclists’ Sarah Twine succeeded in getting our local BBC News interested, and she gave an interview and filmed a short ride using a 360-degree camera, both of which were incorporated into a short piece broadcast in South Today on Friday 28th. It was great to get a bit more publicity about the changes, which have not been well advertised at all, and we were all really proud of her.

The Government has published a document comparing the previous rules with the new rules. You can find it at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/updates. It’s rather long, but you could have a look at Rules 59 to 82 (page 5ff), which apply to cyclists. The left-hand column shows the rules that have been deleted in yellow and the right hand column shows the changes in italic text and highlighted in grey.

Saturday 5th February: Short & Steady Ride – Sandford Talking Shop

Meet from 10.00 am in Radcliffe Square for a prompt 10.15am departure. We will ride down St Ebbes to the river Thames and pick up the South Oxford Cycle Route and continue south along the Thames Towpath, recently resurfaced. Then we will head towards Sandford Lock to cross the Thames and take refreshments at Sandford Village HallI. There is also the weekly food market for a bit of shopping.

Find out more about what is on offer on their website: http://www.sandfordtalkingshop.org/

You can order food online to collect on the day if you wish: email orders.talkingshop@gmail.com

From there we will return to Oxford via Littlemore, Rose Hill, Iffley village and Meadow Lane. This ride is 8.5 miles long and fairly flat. It will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider. The ride leader is Clare Farley.

Tuesday 8th February: Midweek Ride – “Great” and “Little” villages SE of Oxford

07-02-22: The route has been amended as the lunch stop has moved from Little Milton to Great Milton. The overall distance is almost unchanged. The link below shows the new route.

Meet in Radcliffe Square at 10:15 for a prompt 10:30 start. Our 32-mile ride leaves Oxford along the cycle tracks through Northway and the new estate at Barton and follows this itinerary:

Marston – Northway – Barton – Stanton St John – Wheatley – Little Milton – Little Haseley – Great Haseley – Great Milton (lunch stop at The Bull inn) – Cuddesdon – Wheatley – Forest Hill – Stanton St John – Beckley – Elsfield – Marston

Hopefully, the snowdrops will be out in the spinney near Little Haseley, which we have often visited at this time of year. The ride has some gentle undulations, and the only substantial hill is up into Cuddesdon. Please bring lights in case of poor visibility or a generally low light level. Since the lunch stop is around the 20-mile mark, you may also like to bring a snack for a brief stop along the outward route.

The leader is Liz Matthews. This is a social ride: partners are very welcome! Please can you let me know by email or WhatsApp if you intend to come, so that I can alert the pub if need be? Thanks!

Link to the Midweek Ride Route

Saturday 12th February: Medium Ride – Riding to The Sun

Meet at 10am in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) for a prompt 10.15am departure for a ride to a new coffee venue at The Sun in Wheatley.

We will take a meandering route(!) out of Oxford which will start off by heading across the University Parks cycle track before climbing to Headington via Harberton Mead. We will then wend our way through Headington and past Rock Edge before making our way on cycle tracks and minor roads to the Ring Road at the top of Horspath Rd. We’ll then ride to Horspath and up Gidley Way which is quite a climb! We’ll take it steady and regroup at the top before swooping down through Littleworth to Wheatley and what we hope will be a sunny stop at The Sun!

After coffee we will climb to cross the A40 and then ride a short section of A40 cycle track before turning up the B4027 through Forest Hill and Stanton St John to return to Oxford via Barton Park. The route is moderately hilly (~600 ft of climbing) with climbs to Headington and then up Gidley Way. The return journey has a slight but persistent incline on the B4027.

The return trip is just over 17 miles long and the leader will be Ellen Lee. There will be a pick-up point at the Ring Rd end of Horspath Rd, near the bus turning circle at approx 10.45am. If you want to meet us there please let Ellen know (either by email or WhatsApp, or the contact us page on the website) as timing is a bit uncertain and we wouldn’t want to go without you.

Link to the Medium Ride Route

Saturday 19th February: Long Ride – A Wander to The Kitchen

Meet at 10am in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) for a prompt 10.15am departure on my first adventure as a leader for this wonderful group.

I stumbled on a gem of a coffee stop a few months ago and planned this route around it. This ride is all on road and leads out of Oxford to Horspath and on through Cuddesdon, Little Milton and through Drayton St Leonard to the coffee stop. We return via Chiselhampton and Chippinghurst. The ride will finish when we reach BMW at the ring road. The ride is nearly 28 miles long and has a couple of hills but the views at the top will bring you joy. The ride leader is Les Durbin and Yvonne Macken will be sweeping, so we are in safe hands.

Link to the Long Ride Route