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TUESDAY 12TH JUNE: STOP & STARE RIDE: “A TURNER ROUND OXFORD”
In this evening stop & stare ride we will be looking at Oxford with 18th and 19th century eyes and exploring how two different artists (both William Turner) saw Oxford and its environs. We will be visiting 5 paintings by the “famous” Turner (JMW) and 2 by his less illustrious almost contemporary William Turner of Oxford. How have the views of Oxford changed? Are the paintings accurate depictions or have they been sprinkled with a bit of artistic licence? I’m sure there will be plenty of opinions and no “right” answers!
In this ride, Isis Cyclists is embracing 21st century technology! The paintings are all available to view on your own personal electronic device of choice. I will bring them on my tablet, but the more people who have access to the images on their tablets or mobiles the better. I am attaching a compressed file containing all seven images to this email so you can bring them with you on the ride.
Meet from 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start from Radcliffe Square, Oxford (at the back of the University Church). The route will take us through central Oxford, out onto the river and then up to South Park, Headington before descending into Marston and our final picture in Old Marston. After the ride we can coast down to the Victoria Arms for a drink. The route is 7.5 miles long and includes a single hill in the shape of Morrell Avenue which can be cycled (or walked) at your own pace. Please bring bicycle lights, especially if you want to enjoy a drink afterwards. The ride leader for this artistic exploration is Ellen Lee
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SUNDAY 10TH JUNE: MIXED LONG RIDE TO BRIDEWELL ORGANIC GARDENS
Meet outside Costa Coffee on the corner of Banbury and Oakthorpe Roads in Summertown from 1:15 for a 1:30 departure. We will be heading in a fairly leisurely fashion (approx.10 mph) to an open afternoon at Bridewell Organic Gardens near Wilcote: http://www.bridewellgardens.co.uk
We will start off along the canal towards the A44, then cut off to Yarnton before joining the A40 for a short stretch. We will then head off into the countryside along Cuckoo Lane. We'll follow quiet country lanes to the Gardens where afternoon tea is available, then make our way home via Wilcote, North Leigh and the A40 cycle path. The ride is 26 miles in total and includes a few ups and downs.
Bridewell Gardens do not charge an entry fee, but ask for a donation towards their valuable work helping people recover from mental illness by gardening.
This Sunday afternoon ride is open to male partners and friends, the ride leader is Karen Wolff
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6/12/18
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SATURDAY JUNE 2ND: SHORT & STEADY RIDE: THREE LOCKS TOWPATH RIDE TO SANDFORD MARKET
Meet at 09.45hrs for a 10.00hrs departure from The Ox statue opposite Oxford city railway station.
The ride will be approximately 8 miles long and mainly flat along the Thames towpath, Sustrans route and incorporating Osney, Iffley and Sandford Locks. Please be aware that there will be a long stretch of cycling on the Towpath and through locks so do ensure you are confident cycling off road near water and have appropriate tyres for the ride.
We will leave the station and go straight onto the tow path, passing besides Osney and Iffley locks. We will cycle along a stretch of the popular Sustrans route and turn left upon reaching Kennington, cross Sandford lock to Sandford on Thames village Hall for a relaxed coffee and shop in the weekly market and “Talking Shop”. After coffee we will take a meandering route via Rosehill and Iffley, Meadow Lane and Iffley Fields to return to the City centre.
The ride is 8 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest cyclist and approximately 2 hrs lo Ride Leader Sarah Twine.
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LONG RIDE: SATURDAY 19TH MAY: AN ARTWEEK AMBLE TO ABINGDON AND APPLETON
Join us for a 26-mile circuit to visit a few of the many sites open during Artweeks South. Leaving at 10am from outside the Sheldonian Theatre, we will take a wiggly route to Abingdon via Kennington and Radley. The first stop, after 10 miles, will be an exhibition by various artists at Peachcroft Farm, where we will also take coffee. Another 10 miles sees us arriving, via Shippon, Tubney and Fyfield, at Appleton Village Hall for more art and coffee. Two miles further on, in Cumnor, are a couple of studios worth visiting before you whizz back down the hill to Oxford. If you have the Artweeks catalogue (downloadable at https://www.artweeks.org/festival/guide), the venues are numbers 431, 439, 436 and 437 respectively. You'll be delighted to know that there are no substantial hills on this ride, which is led by Liz Matthews
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5/21/18
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Isis Cyclists “Pop-up” ride to North Aston

Seven riders enjoyed a superb ride in wonderful hot late spring weather. After a coffee break in Woodstock we rode up the Sustrans route to Rousham which is mainly on an off-road green lane. The sight of so many spring flowers, especially cowslips and bluebells, was much enjoyed. We then tackled a few steep hills through Steeple Aston, Middle Aston and onto lunch at The Yurt Café. After lunch we immediately descended to the cross the river Cherwell and the Oxford Canal before climbing up through Somerton and Upper Heyford. We then enjoyed a flat road to Kirtlington and then onto Bletchingdon where we stopped for a break on the village green. Then Hampton Poyle and Kidlington. What a day, not a cloud in the sky!
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5/9/18
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SHORT & STEADY RIDE: SATURDAY 5TH MAY: LET’S GET READY TO CYCLE – IDEAL FOR NEWBIES AND RETURNERS

This month's short ride is aimed at those who would like to cycle or have cycled in the past but not for a while and are lacking in confidence about their riding ability or bike set up. We'll take a look at bike set up and I'll have some tools so we can adjust saddles if need be. We'll then head off on a short circular loop on quieter roads through Jericho, Wolvercote and Wytham. We'll stop for coffee at the end of the ride. Meet at the Lion Brewery (outside staircase 1), St. Thomas Street (just along from Paradise Street - please be careful as there's 3 way traffic lights on Paradise Street / St. Thomas' Street), OX1 1JE at 11.30am where we'll check bikes over and answer any questions before heading off on our ride around 11.45am. The ride is flat and will be around 8 miles long and the pace will be slow and steady. The ride leader is Natasha Williams
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5/9/18
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SUNDAY 29TH APRIL: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CYCLING UK RIDE TO COFFEE AT WATERPERRY (FOLLOWED BY VISIT TO THE VELO VIXEN OPEN DAY IN WHEATLEY)
Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford, for a prompt 9:30am departure. We will leave Oxford in an easterly direction through the University Parks and Marston. We will then climb through Elsfield before joining the B4027 as far as Stanton St John where we will descend to Menmarsh and Worminghall. Refreshments will be at Waterperry Gardens, but don’t eat too many cakes because afterwards it’s just a short hop to Wheatley and the Velo Vixen open day where you can check out their merchandise and enjoy some more coffee and cake! We will return to Oxford via Littleworth and Horspath. The ride will be approximately 22 miles in length and will involve climbing one steep hill before our stops and one (less steep) afterwards. If you don’t want to visit the open day at Velo Vixen, then there will be a lead ride straight back to Oxford using the same route. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee
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5/9/18
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SATURDAY 21st APRIL: LONG RIDE: BRILL AND BACK!

We invite you to meet inside Jacob and Field (on Old High St, Headington – near Waitrose) from 0930hrs for a coffee, before departure at 10am prompt. We are hoping for good weather for this slow but challenging route to Brill and the beautiful ancient windmill.

At 10am we will head off under the underpass onto the Bayswater Road towards Stanton St John. We’ll then ride past the church and down the hill and head for Boarstall via Bernwood Forest. After a short stretch on the Thame road we turn for Brill, climbing the hill that brings us out by the Windmill and the Pheasant PH where we will have lunch.

The menu can be found at: https://www.thepheasant.co.uk/lunch-menu. If you are planning to come, it would be very helpful if you could tell the joint leader, Jane Carlton Smith, and also let her know what you would like to order. You can pay on the day.

The return route starts with a long freewheel down the hill to Oakley, then on to Worminghall. We then turn for Wheatley, Littleworth and Horspath before the ride concludes at Horspath Driftway (on the ring road). The ride is approximately 25 miles long, hilly, but will be taken at a moderate pace where possible. We envisage the ride, including stops will take 4-5 hrs total. The ride leader is Liz Weekes and Jane Carlton Smith will be looking after slower riders
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4/23/18
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SATURDAY 14th APRIL: MEDIUM RIDE: WORTON ORGANIC GARDENS:

Today we will enjoy a relaxed ride out of the city via Wolvercote to visit Worton Organic Gardens, where the owners grow flowers, fruit and vegetables in a lovely rural setting. There is an organic cafe selling cakes, soup and light meals, plus a farm shop. The ride is mostly flat or undulating, on quieter roads and will include a short stretch of canal path (might be slightly muddy). We will return to town via the A40 cycle path and Summertown. Meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford at 9.45am for a 10am start. Ride leader will be Lucy Tennyson, and ride length is approximately15 miles.
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4/20/18
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SATURDAY 7th APRIL: SLOW AND STEADY RIDE: ELLEN’S SECRET OXFORD

This lovely ride comes from a book co-authored by Ellen and although much of it will be familiar, it is full of pleasure, in the form of streams, islands and fishes. Starting in Radcliffe Square, we will head down Magpie Lane, aiming for Brewer Street, via St Aldate’s. We’ll wind our way around the bulk of the Westgate Centre and make our way to Whitehouse Road, then on through the Grandpont Nature Park to Willow Walk, and the Fishes at North Hinksey, where the coffee and tea comes with free toast. Retracing our route to Oatlands Road Rec, we’ll ride up Binsey Lane to the second fishy pub on the ride. From the Perch, we cross the Thames at Fiddler’s Island and ride across Port Meadow, heading for Aristotle Lane. We return to Radcliffe Square by the same route as the short ride in March, but in the opposite direction. Meet at 9.45am for a 10am start, by the railings outside the Vaults & Gardens café entrance. The ride is just under 9 miles and should finish by 12.30 at the latest, including the coffee stop. The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith
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4/12/18
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