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Sun Jun 7th 2015
Oxford Special 3*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
PLEASE NOTE: to try to assess catering, could anyone planning to join this ride contact me to confirm? I don't need a 100% commitment, just wanting to get a feel for it.

NB: start at Old Mill Hall, Grove.

A re-run of a classic all day Oxford ride, this is a fairly gentle ride, only really designated 3* by the total distance (around 90km / 57 miles).

We will go out via Hanney, Steventon & Sutton Courtenay to Long Wittenham, then cross the Thames at Clifton Hampden and go through the Baldons to Garsington and Wheatley. Then a super cunning cut through to Shotover and Headington, past the house with a shark in the roof, down Headington Hill, right into the heart of Oxford for lunch at the Mitre on The High - which happens to be managed by our own Andy Cowan who has a few treats in store! Then we head north to Wolvercote and round Port Meadow to Botley and Cumnor, followed by a gentle run home via Fyfield and Charney Bassett.

Easy riding pace of 18-22km/h (11-14mph).

Report:
A perfect early summer day, a little bit of cooling breeze and a great group. What more could you ask for? It was great to see John and Peter on their first rides with the club this year and also Joy on her first 3* ride.

The ride went according to plan, although the climb up Old Road in Wheatley was harder than I remembered from last time. The rough stuff link to Shotover was worth it for the views and the swooping descent into Headington. The shark was as wacky as ever!

Lunch was... amazing! Andy Cowan and the team at the Mitre on the High did us proud - a private room, VIP bike storage and mountains of delicious food. Thanks, Andy!

The return leg was good, Cumnor Hill was conquered well and there was the added bonus of a village fete underway in Hinton Waldrist.

All in all, a wonderful day's cycling. Thanks for your company, everyone!
Distance:
91.73 km (57.00 mi)
Ride Details:
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/4931513
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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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