Events

Oxford Bike Week 2016
Oxford Bike Week 2017

Join us for a week of mostly free cycling events including workshops, talks and guided rides led by experienced members of the local cycling community. There’s something for everyone, so why not try something new? Rides are open to all and many are suitable for beginners.

Note: All events are FREE TO ATTEND unless otherwise mentioned!

Bike Week events

Saturday 10 June to Sunday 18 June

Bainton Bikes

Bainton Bikes on Walton Street are offering half-price cycle hire on all of their 24/7 self-service hire bikes, available in Oxford, Cheltenham and throughout the Cotswold’s.

See http://www.baintonbikes.com/ for further details and use the discount code oxfordbikeweek when booking to avail of this discount.  Bookings can be via their website or by downloading the Donkey Republic App available FREE for Android and iPhone to book a hire bike.

Saturday 10 June

Big Green Day Out on Broad Street, 10am-6pm

Location: Broad Street, Oxford

Description: Large event, not just cycling related. Several cycle stalls, with different bikes to try. Exciting cycle related art as well. Arts Council sponsored artists from OVADA and Ark-T will be making some giant upcycled bike sculptures out of old bikes!

10am-7pm: Broken Spoke Saturday Session – Supported Workshop Access for All

Location: Broken Spoke, The Gates, 42 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

Cost: £10

Description: Join us for nine hours of open workshop fun. Community tool chest, new and second-hand parts, friendly mechanics to answer your questions, and all the tea & biscuits you could want. Stay for the whole time or just drop in!  See http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/drop-in-workshops/

Sunday 11 June

9.30am: CyclingUK Oxford City ride

Start: Tourist Information Centre at Broad Street

Description: See http://www.ctcoxfordcity.org.uk/rides-and-events for full details. Flexible ride, including coffee break and lunch stop.

9.45am: Cowley Road Condors Newbies ride.

Start: Beeline Cycles on the Cowley Road, OX4 1XA

Description: Meet outside Beeline Cycles on the Cowley Road, OX4 1XA, for an introduction to this cycle club. A gentle ride of about 25/30 miles, with a café pause near the middle. Not for absolute beginners, but road bike NOT needed for these introductory rides.

10am-7pm: Broken Spoke Sunday Session – Supported Workshop Access for All

Location: Broken Spoke, The Gates, 42 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

Cost: £10

Description: Join us for nine hours of open workshop fun. Community tool chest, new and second-hand parts, friendly mechanics to answer your questions, and all the tea & biscuits you could want. Stay for the whole time or just drop in!  See http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/drop-in-workshops/

10.30-11.30am: Oxford Rural Fundraising Ride for Cancer Research UK (Oxford Rural Cycle4Life)

Start: Islip Village Hall, OX5 2TA

Cost: £10 entry fee.

Description: Cycle around the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and villages on Otmoor. 18, 36 and 54 miles routes. See http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/oxford-rural-cycle4life

Monday 12 June

6pm: Cyclox Traffic-light-free city circle

Start: Tourist Information Centre at Broad Street

Description: Is it possible to circle the city within the ring road avoiding traffic lights? This 11 mile cycle route achieves that, going along quiet city roads and the canal and river avoiding any traffic lighted junctions and using Pelican and Toucan crossings to cross main roads. The ride will take up to 2 hours and starts at the Tourist Information Centre at Broad Street, 6pm for a 6:15pm start.

Ride Leader/Contact: Alison Hill at 4lison.hill@gmail.com

Tuesday 13 June

2.45 p.m. Isis group Stop ‘n Stare ride – Planting for Pollinators (Isis is a women only cycle groups)

Start: Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street

Description: Meet From 2.45pm for a prompt 3pm start outside the Tourist Information Centre in Broad St, Oxford. On this gentle ride we will visit 3 sites in Oxford where meadows of wild flowers have been planted and nurtured in order to provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators such as flies and beetles. We will leave the city centre along the river to explore Aston’s Eyot and The Kidneys, two adjacent nature sites alongside the River Thames. The Kidneys is managed by the City Council and has a wild flower meadow planted and managed by the Friends of Aston’s Eyot. We will then ride up Morrell Avenue (this climb will be taken gently and can be walked if preferred) to visit the Maggies Cancer Centre at the Churchill Hospital where a small area of unpromising land next to the centre has been converted into a haven for bees and people. Our final site is down the hill in Marston, the Milham Ford Nature Park which has a flower meadow and flower lined ponds to enjoy and also boasts a bee wall. We will then return to the city centre via the University Parks Cycle Track for refreshments at The Vaults & Garden Café. The ride will probably last around 2.5 hours and is 8 miles long. The ride leader is Ellen Lee (ellen@133.me.uk).

Wednesday 14 June

Women in Oxford bike tour. Photo credit: Bjorn Eiben.
Women in Oxford bike tour. Photo credit: Bjorn Eiben.

6.30pm: Women in Oxford cycle tour

Start: Tourist Information Centre at Broad Street

Description: On this relaxed ride we will uncover traces of women’s presence in Oxford, where the histories of both the city and the university have traditionally been dominated by men. The ride, mostly around the city centre, is a chance to commemorate and celebrate the rich lives of women who have left a mark on Oxford through revisiting places connected to them, hearing and discussing their stories, and sharing our own experiences.

N.B. ALL welcome, and a ride very suitable for beginners – numbers limited to 10.

Tour creator and ride leader Marta Lomza is a heritage engagement professional, tour guide and archivist with a strong interest in radical history.

Thursday 15 June

9.30am to about 1pm: Cycle tour of cycle initiatives and sustainable transport best-practice in Oxford city, and also some of the bad bits! (Mainly for twinned city visitors)

Start: Broad Street

Description: Start at Broad St. Up Headington Hill via Parks and Harberton Mead. Brookes Uni., then Oxford Uni. Old Rd. campus. To ring road cycle track via NCN57. Round and back up to city centre using at least part of Cowley quiet route. Osney Hydro, Station, and back to City Centre for lunch.

5.30pm OR 6.15pm: Cyclox Evening Ride – The Quarry-Roubaix ride

Start: Masons’ Arms in the Quarry at 5.30pm or Weston Library steps, Broad Street at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start

Description: In homage to the Paris-Roubaix bike race we will be taking to the streets of Oxford to see how many stretches of cobbles we can find. Part of Oxford Bike Week, this short and occasionally bumpy ride will visit Jericho and many of the most famous landmarks of Oxford’s city centre to savour just a taste of what the professional riders who take on the pavé of the spring classics have to endure.

However, it’s also a lovely fairly gentle evening ride, giving a different view of Oxford. Suitable for beginners and riders able to ride 6 miles or more.

Meet at the Weston Library Steps on the Broad at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. (Or the Mason’s Arms pub at 5.30p.m. for the full “Quarry-Roubaix experience”.)

Ride time: about one hour

Return to the Broad c. 7.30pm

Post-ride debate in the King’s Arms c.7.35pm

Any bike will do and anyone who can ride a bike will be fine.

Ride Leader/Contact: Jonathan (Jonny) Ives at jonathan@quarrycomms.co.uk

4pm: Cycling Forum with visitors from twinned cities

Friday 16 June

9.30am to about 3pm: Charlbury Ride

Start: Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street

Description: Starting at the Tourist Information Centre in Broad Street, we’ll do a reasonably challenging 15 mile ride to the Southill Solar Farm (4.5 MWpk) near Charlbury, and then on to Charlbury itself. On the way we will take a look at the larger (10MWpk) Flit Solar Park south of Yarnton. This is a lovely ride on quite roads or cycle track, and by the canal, on Sustrans routes NCN5 then NCN442, and shows the sort of ride that can easily be had in Oxfordshire’s beautiful countryside by venturing out of the city itself. The more energetic can cycle back, or there are trains from Charlbury station every hour, which take 20 minutes.

9.30am-12.30pm: Wheels for All “Pedalling On” session

Location: Horspath Athletics & Sports Ground, Oxford Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX4 2RR

Cost: £3

Description: All levels of ability/disability welcome to have fun trying out trikes, bikes, handcycles and a wheelchair transporter – something to suit everyone. For ages 16+ only, and there is a £3 cost.  This special “Pedalling On” session will be open up to the over-55s.  For further information, see http://www.oxspa.co.uk/wheelsforall

Evening: Social ride to Shotover Hill Park with Cowley Road Condors Cycling Club including picnic dinner, and cyclo-cross hill climb ride competition – followed by drinks at Joe Perks Bar. (For twinned city visitors, but all welcome.)

Oxford Science week begins

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June

Halfords Bike Week – Oxford, Cowley Halfords

To celebrate Bike Week Halfords have got some fantastic in-store offers just for you. Take your bike along to your local Halfords store to receive a free bike check over.

If we spot a problem that requires a service, we’ll need to book your bike in so it can be repaired by one of our pros.
20% off Bronze, Silver & Gold bike services at Halfords, valid from 10th June – 18th June. Services must be booked in advance & booked by 18th June. Please call your local Halfords to book.

Saturday 17 June

8.00am: CrossduroOxford self-supported no frills cyclocross/gravel ride

Start: In front of Radliffe Camera, Broad Street.

Description: This is a 130km self-supported no frills cyclocross/gravel ride, as an introduction to this type competitive riding. Crossduro is a standard competitive cycling format with 5 times segments, but lots of times for socialising the non-timed bits. Ideally you’ll have a cyclocross bike, but you could try it with a hybrid bike or a rigid MTB. Finish is at the Isis Farmhouse, which is the pub just upstream from Iffley Lock. See http://www.theracingcollective.com/crossdurooxford.html

Morning Condor social ride to watch Oxfordshire Road Race at Dalton Barracks. Details to follow, see website https://www.cowleyroadcondors.cc/

9.45: Isis Cyclists Monthly Long Ride

Start: Outside Sheldonian on Broad Street at 9.45am for 10am start

Description: Join a friendly women’s cycling group for their regular monthly long ride on the third Saturday of the month. Liz Masterman will lead a ride out to Weston – on – the – Green, taking quiet country lanes to explore the countryside north of Oxford. The ride will be 35 miles in total and will include a stop for coffee halfway round. For more information see http://www.isiscyclists.org.uk/

10am-7pm: Broken Spoke Saturday Session – Supported Workshop Access for All

Location: Broken Spoke, The Gates, 42 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

Cost: £10

Description: Join us for nine hours of open workshop fun. Community tool chest, new and second-hand parts, friendly mechanics to answer your questions, and all the tea & biscuits you could want. Stay for the whole time or just drop in!  See http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/drop-in-workshops/

2pm: 3-hour ride to Sutton Courtney

Start: Outside Tourist Information Centre, Broad Street

Description: A lovely ride down the Thames Valley, a mixture of quiet roads with some off-road sections, mainly on National Cycle Network route 5. The distance is about 22 miles there and back, but very flat. The nominal destination is the picturesque and very interesting churchyard at Sutton Courtney, which features in Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island, and has the graves of writer George Orwell, prime minister H.H.Asquith, and newspaper editor (esp. The Observer) and co-founder of Amnesty International David Astor. Ride leader Andy Chivers.

8.30pm for 9pm start: Dorset Dash leaves Broad Street arriving at Avon Beach, Christchurch between 7-9am the next day.

Start: Gather from 8.30pm on Broad Street, Oxford, outside Balliol College (Oxford OX1 3BJ) and we’ll leave at 9pm

Description: The Dorset Dash is a free to enter through-the-night bike ride from Oxford to Avon Beach, Christchurch, in Dorset. We have been riding the route since 2006 and the ride has evolved to follow the quietest most beautiful country lanes through sleepy villages, valleys and the New Forest, to end up at the Avon Beach Café on a sandy beach overlooking the Isle of Wight. The aim of this ride is to stick together and have fun. It’s not a race. It’s about the fellowship of doing something remarkable with a like-minded group, and having stories of triumph and bravery you can retell all year.

Although it’s completely free to enter, it would be good to have some idea of numbers, so please email your intention to ride to: dorset.dash@mac.com See www.dorsetdash.co.uk for full details.

Sunday 18 June

9.30am: CyclingUK Oxford City Group ride to Westmill Solar and Wind farm and Shrivenham

Start: Tourist Information Centre, Broad Street

Description: Our 60-mile day ride will take in some of the best scenery Oxfordshire and beyond has to offer with a gentle climb out of Oxford towards our coffee stop and then onto the foothills of the Vale of the White Horse and on via Westmill Solar and Wind farm to a classic pub lunch in Shrivenham and then mostly quiet country roads back to Oxford. Distance: 60 miles. Average speed: 12mph. Ages 15 and over.

9.30am: Depart Broad Street – please be there 10 minutes in advance, especially if a new rider with the group

10.30am: Coffee at Millets Farm – there may be an informal / unled ride back from coffee

approx 1.15am: Lunch at a pub in Shrivenham

approx 4.30/5pm: Back to Oxford

Times after coffee are approximate.  See http://www.ctcoxfordcity.org.uk/rides-and-events for full details.

10am-7pm: Broken Spoke Sunday Session – Supported Workshop Access for All

Location: Broken Spoke, The Gates, 42 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

Cost: £10

Description: Join us for nine hours of open workshop fun. Community tool chest, new and second-hand parts, friendly mechanics to answer your questions, and all the tea & biscuits you could want. Stay for the whole time or just drop in!  See http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/drop-in-workshops/

Post-Bike Week

Big Green Treasure Hunt continues: Rides here still covered by Bike Week insurance. All on a theme that links with Oxford Green Week.

Monday 19 June

6.00pm: Solar Farm Bike Ride

Start: Tourist Information Centre, Broad Street

Description: Starting at the Tourist Information Centre in Broad Street, we’ll do a reasonably challenging 15 mile ride to the Southill Solar Farm (4.5 MWpk) near Charlbury. On the way we will take a look at the larger (10MWpk), though less accessible, Flit Solar Park south of Yarnton. This is a lovely ride on quite roads or cycle track, on Sustrans routes NCN5 then NCN442. In Charlbury, which is about a mile on from the solar farm, there is a Pizza van on Monday evenings, so we’ll get food there, unless you want to bring a picnic. The more energetic can cycle back, or there are trains just after 9 and 10 p.m., which take 20 minutes. You need to bring lights, in case you end up getting the later train.

Both these solar farms illustrate well what can be done to generate electricity in a carbon-free way, while also providing other environmental benefits on otherwise difficult to use land, and using different commercial models. Flit is a ‘for-profit’ business operation, whereas Southill is community owned.

The bike ride is flat, but we need to go at a reasonable pace in order not to get to Charlbury too late, so it’s not an event for beginner cyclists.

This ride is also part of Oxford Green Week, see www.oxfordgreenweek.org

Tuesday 20 June

6.30pm: Local Hydro-power Bike Ride

Start: Tourist Information Centre, Broad Street

Description: Starting outside the Tourist Information Centre in Broad Street, we’ll take a short and gentle cycle ride, firstly to the Osney Lock Hydro-electric plant. Then on down beside the river till we meet NCN5, which we’ll take to Sandford Lock, to see the Hydro plant there under construction. Meal in the King’s Arms at Sandford for those who want. Distance about 10 miles, but depends where you live in Oxford.

This ride is also part of Oxford Green Week, see www.oxfordgreenweek.org

Wednesday 21 June

5.45am: Summer Solstice Ride

Start: Tourist Information Centre, Broad Street at 5.45am

A gentle ride at (just past) dawn from the centre of the city through meadows and up tracks to a wonderful viewpoint of the dreaming spires.

We have a celebratory breakfast when back down in the city and are ready to start the working day at 8am. You’ll be so glad you did it!

Return by 8am. Some rough tracks, but suitable for beginners.