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Sat Sep 28th 2013
South Oxfordshire Off-road Tour 3*
John Talbot
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
Kidmore End War Memorial Hall
Our neighbours Reading CTC have invited members of CTC Wantage to join them for this special 50km off-road ride in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Full details can be found by following the link below.

Reading CTC off-road section presents:

An opportunity to explore the trails of south Oxfordshire: 50km of off-road tracks in the Chiltern woodlands, plus a few quiet roads.

Navigate yourself round using GPS or our detailed paper routecard.

The off-road sections use a mixture of bridleways, restricted byways and byways. Hopefully it will be dry, but the trails could be muddy after rain, and so be both slippery and softer to ride on as a result (the Chilterns has a special kind of mud!). Some of them are also narrow and steep in places. The tarmac sections are generally on quiet rural roads. The route does cross the A4074 at two points, so particular care will be needed here.

The event is not a race, and participants should give way to walkers, horse riders and other trail users.

Start time: 10am (registration from 9.15am)

The start is from Kidmore End War Memorial Hall on Reades Lane. This is opposite Chiltern Edge school, where there is car parking available for the event. Note that a road event will depart at 9am from the same location (so don’t get worried!).

An overview of the route, with the start/finish marked, is here. The Hall itself does not have a postcode, however the postcode for Chiltern Edge school (entrance opposite the Hall) is RG4 9LN.

Tea / coffee available at the finish, local shops available en-route. There are toilets, but no showers at the start/finish

NB: You are responsible for navigating yourself based on the routecard or GPS. There will be flour “blobs” to mark the off-road sections of the route, but not the on-road parts. If you are not confident of following a routecard, you may also wish to bring a map to assist you – OS Landranger number 175 (Reading & Windsor) covers the route. In addition you may want to have the routecard mounted onto your handlebars to make navigation quicker.

Entry: 4 (pre-entry strongly preferred. Availability of entries on the day will be dependent on the number of pre-entries)

All profits from the event will be donated to Thames Valley Air Ambulance

The entry form can be downloaded here: SOOT entry form Please complete and return the form together with a cheque made payable to Reading CTC for 4.00 to: Soot, c/o 29 Princes Street, Reading, RG1 4EG. Entries will be acknowledged by email.

For any queries, please email:

Nick Stokell
Robin Tucker
Riders = 2

sunny intervals
Two CTC Wantage people (that i'm aware of) on this event organised by CTC Reading, out of a total of about 35 riders.

A great route, taking in some great tracks in the southern part of the Chilterns - several of which I hadn't done before. We started in small groups and met others along the way, chatting as we did. Quite a few were on cyclocross bikes, which seemed a good choice, though I was quite happy on my MTB.

Tea & cake afterwards too!
53.00 km (32.93 mi)
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Written by : John Talbot

Posted on : September 30, 2013 at 11:54 PM

I did the 100km on-road audax from the same start point. We set off an hour earlier. I met a few of the off-roaders back in the hall at the end.

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