Cycling Group


The Cycling Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at around 10.00am depending on the location.  The routes are usually circular and about 20 miles in length. We usually stop at a suitable pub or restaurant for lunch. The starting point is announced in advance to group members. Members share the travel arrangements to get to and from the start point where convenient.


Cycling holidays are also arranged from time to time.



Riders pay for their own lunch at the pub.


Next Events 

Cycling - Cherwell Valley route 22 May 2018 10.00 hrs start meet at The Black Prince, 2 Manor Road, Old Woodstock OX20 1XJ 
Cycling route tba 26 Jun 2018 tbc  
Cycling Holiday in Bordeaux, France 1 - 8 Sep 2018 tbc  see below



 Group Notices

Tuesday 22 May 2018

The next ride will be the  Cherwell Valley route on Tuesday 22nd May, and is one we have done before, but this time we will meet at The Black Prince, 2 Manor Road, Old Woodstock OX20 1XJ .
Please let me have your menu choices by Sunday evening.
It is about 18 miles and the recce took me 2 hours 40 so I should like to get started as soon as possible as there are several pinch points which will take longer with a group. If we are ready when the pub opens at 10 we can zoom in and use their facilities before heading off and be back for 1300/1315. 
Briefly, we will ride from Woodstock down a Green Lane (NCN 5) which is narrow and bumpy in places, across the B4027 and A4260 and on to Tackley, where we cross the railway line and follow a bridle path (again bumpy) over the canal (nettles? Beware bare legs!) to Kirtlington. We are then on quiet roads through Bletchingdon and Hampton Poyle to Kidlington where we cross the Banbury Road, and the railway track once again following another path to the A44 then back to Woodstock along the paved cycle track parallel to the main road. 
The Flag System: There are several places where it will be useful to use this so no-one gets lost. What happens is that when I shout  “Flag!” the person behind me stops and indicates the way until the back marker comes along. The Flag is then free to go at his/her own speed again.  Please may I have a volunteer for back marker? I’ll provide map and route details for you.
There are not too many hills and none are too long, but as I say, some of the tracks are rough.
Hope to see you next Tuesday – sorry for the late information, but I hope you can come.

Cycling Holiday in Bordeaux - 1 to 8 September 2018

Our cycling group are embarking on a boat/ptember in the Bordeaux area of France. Anyone interested in cycling and not a member of the cycling group is welcome to join us on this adventure.

The holiday is on a river boat with hired bikes on board, and varying distances (20-32 miles) are cycled daily to the next embarkation point. Cycling is not compulsory and there is an option to stay on board.

Unfortunately there are only twin cabins available, upper or lower deck, £1536 pp and £1354 pp respectively.

Bike hire for the week is £75 or an e-bike would be £173.

A coach from Bordeaux railway station to the boat (about 1 hour) is £53 eachfor the round trip.

Travel is by own arrangement, flight, train or car, and for anyone interested to travel together we usually arrange this but a little nearer the time.

Cabins go like hot cakes and the cycling group have already booked theirs, so if you are interested, or would like more information, please contact as soon as possible:

Organiser: Eileen Monks  01844 216033 or 07772 311637 or

Risk Assessments

For insurance purposes we are now required to complete a risk assessment before each ride to make sure everyone is aware of the route, terrain, emergency procedures etc, and we attach a copy of the check list for your information.

As a fairly informal, sociable group this is something we have usually done in a less prescribed way, but as the group has grown and abilities vary it is worth reminding ourselves of a few general safety points:

It is really important to keep together as much as possible so as not to lose anyone. Obviously people ride at different speeds but please do take note of the meeting points the leader asks that you stop at, and wait for the back marker to arrive. This is also important in case changes need to be made to the route because of timing, weather conditions, punctures or mishaps. Sometimes if numbers are large we may split into two sections with two leaders, but the same principal will apply for each section.

Do please be aware of the need to ride in twos or threes when on busy roads, leaving a reasonable gap so that traffic can get past.

Please please make sure you always have your mobile phone switched on and charged up!

Lastly, we should be most grateful for more help in planning routes. We have plenty of maps and books for inspiration so please don’t be shy in volunteering to give us a hand occasionally!

Happy cycling.

Marie. Malcolm and Peter

Prospective New Members

At present the Cycling Group does not think it safe to accept any new members to join their rides.

If you would like to go on their waiting list, please contact Marie Woodrow 01844 292012 or

Please remember to notify the organiser in advance if you will be joining us.  


Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Marie Woodrow on 01844 292012 or


Malcolm White on 01844 291677 or