March 2022

A well-earned pause at the top of Gidley Way on February’s sunny medium ride to The Sun at Wheatley

Saturday 5th March: Short & Steady Ride – 20 Bridges Ride

Did you know that you can cross no less than 20 different bridges on a short 7.5 mile bike ride? Meet in Radcliffe Square at 10:00 for a 10.15am departure. We will follow towpaths, cycle paths and quiet roads, and cross railways, streams, rivers and canals on our bridge-counting ride. There is a short section on grass which is easily rideable but may be a bit muddy if we have a lot of rain. Refreshments will be taken at the West Oxford Community Centre. The ride leader is Karen Wolff.

Link to 20 Bridges Ride Route

Saturday 12th March: Medium Ride – Over the Hill to Abingdon

Starting from Radcliffe Square at 10am, we’ll ride through South Oxford and ascend Hinksey Hill into Boar’s Hill. From there, we’ll arrive in Abingdon via Bayworth, Sunningwell and Penn Lane. We’ll visit St Ethelwold’s Garden in East St Helen’s Street and if they’re not running a café there, there’s plenty of choice in the Market Square for coffee. After refreshments, we can cross the bridge and return over the Thames via the Lock and Weir, taking Route 5 back along the partly refurbished track to Radley. We’ll then return to Oxford, still on Route 5, bypassing Kennington and joining the towpath. There is some off-road riding, none of which should be too muddy (famous last words) and the route back to Radcliffe Square is 17.5 miles.

Please note the earlier starting time, allowing you to get back in time for a late lunch. The leader is Jane Carlton Smith.

Link to Medium Ride Route

Tuesday 15th March: Cyclox Meeting – Why video-ing your bike ride will help us all

7.30-8.30pm on Zoom. Crispian Poon, Director of OnSee, will talk about their project putting video cameras on bikes to identify unsafe road situations. Crispian will tell us how the video system works, what their next steps are and how this will help all of us cycle more safely.

Register on Eventbrite. The Zoom link will be sent to you by email before the meeting.

Saturday 19th March: Long Ride – A Potter to the Pottery

Meet at 10am in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) for a prompt 10.15am departure to Aston Pottery. Our ride will take the fairly direct route out of town along the Woodstock Road cycle track, then a stretch on the A40 cycle track, before turning left into Eynsham.

We’re then on to country roads through Sutton, Yelford and Cote. We’ll arrive at the Pottery in time for lunch. Our return route brings us back via quiet lanes through Cote and Old Shifford before a short stretch of A415 takes us into Standlake. We then have a lovely detour on country roads though Northmoor and Moreton before rejoining the A415 at Newbridge. We’ll then head for Cumnor and a nice sweep down back into Oxford.

Even though we’ll clock up good mileage, around 36 miles, it is a relatively flat route, with one significant hill after lunch, which we’ll take at a steady pace and regroup at the top. Finishing time is difficult to judge as always, but it won’t be much before 3-3:30pm. The ride leader is Yvonne Macken.

Link to Long Ride Route

Tuesday 22nd March: Social Midweek Ride – Stanford-in-the-Vale

Meet in Frideswide Square, Oxford, on the opposite side to the Saïd Business School, from 9:45am for a prompt 10am departure. We head out of Oxford via Botley Road and Willow Walk. We pass under the A34 and tackle the hill up Raleigh Park Road, emerging near the top of Cumnor Hill. We then ride into the Vale of White Horse via Cumnor, Appleton, Southmoor, Charney Bassett and Goosey before reaching our lunch stop in Stanford-in-the-Vale. There, you can choose between The Horse & Jockey pub and Stanford Coffee Shop – or, if you’re feeling hardy, a picnic by the church.

The return route takes us through Goosey, Lyford, Fyfield, Tubney, Cothill and Sunningwell. We approach Oxford using the Sustrans path from Kennington and along the river towpath to Folly Bridge. The route is just over 38 miles long (18 miles out; 20 miles back) and involves only one substantial hill near the start. After that the terrain is largely flat or rises gently. Note that we are unlikely to get back to Oxford until after 3pm.

This is a social ride: partners are very welcome.

The leader will be Liz Matthews. Please can you let me know by email or WhatsApp by Sunday 20th if you wish to eat at the Horse & Jockey, so that I can book a table. Thank you! Also, if you are likely to become peckish en route, please bring a snack as we can stop briefly by the wayside.

Link to the Midweek Ride Route