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Sat Jul 8th 2017
2* Saturday Afternoon Ride - the Oxford Special Series 2*
John Tranter
Start Time:
1:00 pm
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UPDATE: I have tweaked the route around Oxford to give a bit more interest - it is now a clockwise loop doing Port Meadow before the centre of town and the riverside. See attached revised route.

This is a great opportunity to discover secret ways in, through and out of central Oxford which will be new to many of you. Somewhat similar ride to the one I led in April, but now a clockwise loop around the town. We head out via West Hanney and cross the nifty Southmoor footbridge - the safest way to cross the A420. Then we follow the quiet road parallel to the A420 to Cumnor and swoop all the way down Cumnor Hill. Then the real fun begins with a super cunning bike-safe transit of the A420/A34 Botley junction and a lovely circuit around Port Meadow before heading into the centre of town via Wolvercote and Jericho. We will use my very own St Cross College for a VIP coffee stop. You can only get in if you are a friend of the Bursar, with catering from the fine cafes of St Giles.

We then use my most cunning bike track and riverside route out of town to North Hinksey. We climb Cumnor Hill and head for home via Wootton, Tubney and Fyfield.

It is a long ride for an afternoon, but we have a few short cut options in the final section which we can use if necessary. I don't expect to be back before 5-5.30pm. Having said that, there are very few hills and we will stick to a steady 2* pace - 12mph / 19kph.
Well, the most perfect summer afternoon and a great group heading off for the big city. All went well, the cunning bits and the magic moments all worked as intended and we were able to fight through the remarkable numbers of tourists on St Giles to get through the big door to that oasis of calm which is St Cross College. Congrats to Gill who chased us down around Oxford and eventually managed to join us at the College. Green's Cafe did us proud as ever for refreshments and we (slightly reluctantly) set off again through the tourist mayhem to the tranquility of the river bank and the lovely cut through to North Hinksey. Having conquered Cumnor Hill, we decided that time was pressing and took the short and straight route home via Fyfield and Charney.

It was great to see Amanda on her first ride with us for quite a while and thanks to all for a really enjoyable afternoon.

Thanks to Nick for excellent sweeping - no mean feat when you have to keep the group together through the milling throngs!
70.81 km (44.00 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
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