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Sat Aug 6th 2016
Saturday Afternoon Ride from Grove 3*
John Tranter
Start Time:
1:00 pm
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UPDATE: Route amended slightly to avoid the Winter Lane resurfacing on the way back. I've also had to give up on the terrible surface of NCN5 from the river to Kennington so we will take the road up through Kennington. My local spies tell me that we can negotiate the road closure there without problems.

This is a re-run of last year's special route into the centre of Oxford.

Out through Charney Bassett, Appleton and Cumnor, down the hill to Botley. Then my cunning car-free entry to Oxford via bike tracks and beautiful river sides (suitable for all bikes). We will use our archeological skills to uncover the sad state of National Cycle Route 5 through the city and follow it regardless. VIP private venue tea stop courtesy of St Cross College (with catering from the fine cafes of St Giles). Then along the river path to Iffley, Kennington and back via Sunningwell and Fyfield. NB: if the paths are too rough, we will take an alternative route via Kennington.

40 miles - an easy but interesting 3* ride, with easy terrain - suitable for 2* riders as well. Don't miss this one!
A glorious, perfect summer afternoon with cloudless blue skies and a gentle breeze. Ideal cycling weather!

A good group assembled, with a nice mix of 2* and 3* riders. We set a good pace to Cumnor and then had fun along the river and mild frustrations fighting through the tourists on NCN5 through town. It was therefore particularly pleasant to reach the cloistered sanctuary of St Cross College and to enjoy coffee and cakes in the Blackwell Quad.

After fighting through a few more tourists, we had a good run down the Abingdon Road out of town and enjoyed the new underpass below the southern bypass to Kennington. The road closure had disappeared overnight, but the traffic was still very light and the remaining section via Fyfield and Denchworth was soon done (despite a slow puncture and a mystery mobile phone lying in the road ringing - long story...)

Thanks to all for your company - it was a fun afternoon!
65.98 km (41.00 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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