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Sat Feb 8th 2020
2* Saturday Half Day Ride - OXFORD SPECIAL 2*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

This is a 2* ride that has pretty much everything! We head out via Charney Bassett and discover the nifty Southmoor footbridge - the safest way to cross the A420. Then we follow the quiet road parallel to the A420 all the way to Cumnor and swoop down Cumnor Hill to the edge of Oxford. From there we utilise a a super cunning bike-safe transit of the A420/A34 Botley junction to head north for a lovely circuit around Port Meadow before heading back into town via Wolvercote to 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. Then there is more fun with my most cunning bike track and riverside route out of town to the west, before the climb back up Cumnor Hill. We head for home via Fyfield.

At just over 40 miles, it is a long ride for a morning, but we have a few short cut options in the final section which we can use if necessary. I expect to be back at around 2pm. Having said that, there are very few hills and we will stick to a steady 2* pace.
Report:
A very big group for this one - partly everyone keen to get out before the apocalypse arrives tomorrow! Steve S kindly took on leading a separate group 2.

All went well, and the cunning cut throughs and tracks were as enjoyable as ever, as was the VIP coffee stop and the catering from Greens and Taylors cafes. The relative absence of tourists compared to the summer months meant we had a slightly less frantic struggle through the centre of town and the riverside paths back to Botley were as nice and peaceful as ever.

A bit of a nagging headwind as we headed home, so congratulations to everyone for coping well with a long ride!
Distance:
67.59 km (42.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/44524698
Proposed Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27548344"
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Start Locations
WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
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.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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