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 for 2019

As at 04/6/18 

Fri 7 June 9.30-12am: Wheels for All session at the Athletics Track Horspath Road Oxford OX4 2RR.

We have a range of adapted bikes for people 16+ to cycle around the track: side-by-sides, tricycles, hand cycles, wheel chair transporter, tandems, e-bike, 2-wheelers. Suitable for anyone wishing to try bikes in a safe supportive environment. Ages 16-90+, independent participants welcome as well as participants with their carers. Potential volunteers also welcome.

See www.WFAOxford.org for more information

Sat 8 June 9am: Bikes and babies! bicycle ride from Folly Bridge

Come and join a family ride!

Start at Folly Bridge, we will travel up the towpath to Sandford Lock, feed some ducks and travel back with an optional coffee stop and end point at the Isis farmhouse.

We will go at the pace of the slowest rider.

Anybody with a baby on a bike/tag along or a confident young rider is welcome, though there is open water as it is a flat towpath ride.

Bring bread/peas to feed ducks, a mat /blanket if you have a crawling baby for the coffee stop later and money for coffee if you’d like to do that. 

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: 10am-5pm: Big Green Day Out, Broad Street

Oxford Green Week’s fabulous free & family-friendly event returns to Broad Street to kick off Oxford Green Week 2019 and celebrate all things green and sustainable!

Come on down to Broad Street between 10am to 5pm for a day packed with live music, great food, stalls, various activities and information all dedicated to promoting and showcasing sustainability in and around Oxford.

See https://oxfordgreenweek.org/events/big-green-day-out/

11am: Easy slow ride to welcome you back on your bike

Starting on the tow-path by Salters Steamers

An easy short ride mainly on tracks and tow-path, with a light lunch in Abingdon. Ideal if you have been away from your bike for some time. Or maybe you just fancy a nice slow ride and don’t mind a few bumps as we follow Sustrans National Cycle Network route 5 to Abingdon. (Hybrid or mountain bikes more comfortable, but we have often used these tracks on standard road bikes).

Register via the Bike Week website at https://www.cyclinguk.org/event/easy-slow-ride-welcome-you-back-your-bike

Sun 9 June 10am: Meet the Condors ride

Leaving Beeline Bicycles @ 10am

Distance: ~ 30 miles, Speed 12-14 mph

Stopping at halfway for coffee and cake.

The ride will finish at the Eid Extravaganza at Cheney School.

Tues 11 June 6pm: Traffic light-free bicycle ride

Meet at the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street

This is a gentle 10 miles finishing no later than 8pm.  We avoid all signalled junctions, but use pedestrian crossings to cross main roads. From Broad St, we wend our way through backstreets to St Ebbes, along the river to Donnington Bridge, then through small residential roads to Bartlemas Close, up and over to Brookes across the Headington Hill Bridge, then down Jack Straws Lane, Marston Ferry Road, and across to the canal into town.

Ride Leader: Alison Hill – 4lison.hill@gmail.com

Wed 12 June 6pm: Mixed Isis Cyclists evening social ride (male partners and friends welcome)

Start: Meet outside the Up in Arms PH on the Marston Road (opposite Londis) at 6pm for a prompt 6.15pm start

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30095265

We will head out of Oxford on quieter roads and cycle paths and head towards Islip for a loop around Otmoor before stopping at the Abingdon Arms PH in Beckley for refreshments.  We will then head straight back to Oxford and take the quieter back roads through Barton to return to Marston Road where the ride will end.  Please note that the majority of the ride (17 miles) will be before the refreshment stop and we will need to maintain a steady pace averaging 11 or 12 mph in order to make sure we’re not out too late.  The ride is hilly, but hills will be taken at your own speed with regular regrouping.  The ride leader is Natasha Williams.

Ride not suitable for children or under 16s.

See https://isiscyclistsctcoxford.wordpress.com/ for further details 

Details tbc: Feeder rides to the Women’s Tour of Britain Stage 3 from Henley Upon Thames to Blenheim Palace.

Fri 14 June Oxford Cycle Bus Tour

Oxford Cycle Bus Tour launches – to book tickets (not FREE!) and for further details, see http://www.oxfordcyclebus.co.uk/

Sat 15 June 9.45am: Long Isis Women’s Ride Exploring South Oxfordshire

Start: We’ll meet outside the Sheldonian (opposite Blackwells) at 9.45am, ready to start at 10am.

Route: around 30 miles

Ride Leader: Jane Carlton-Smith, Isis Cyclists

Riding along Barracks Lane, we’ll head towards Horspath and can pick up people at the junction of the Ring Road and Horspath Road (diagonally opposite the Mini Plant car park).  We aim to be there by 10.20am.  Our destination is Preston Crowmarsh, via Cuddesdon, Little Milton, Berrick Salome and Benson.  There is a short steep climb up Barracks Lane and a longer hill from Horspath up towards Cuddesdon, and walking is allowed!  We’ll have lunch at the Cart Shed at Preston Crowmarsh, where a table is booked for 10 at 1pm.

If you think you might be joining us, it would be very helpful if you could contact Jane Carlton Smith (though obviously you may not decide until you see what the weather is doing).  Returning via Shillingford Bridge and Dorchester, there are opportunities for wine tasting and tea, by popular vote.  We then return to Oxford via Drayton St Leonard, Stadhampton and Chiselhampton.  There are a few not very steep hills, unless we choose to avoid the main road and go through Cuddesdon.  There is inevitably some riding on main roads, but we’ll also enjoy some quiet roads and gorgeous midsummer countryside.  The ride is about 36 miles and is the first of our longer rides, leading up to the 50 mile challenge in September.  Jane Carlton Smith is leading.

Ride not suitable for children or under 16s.

See https://isiscyclistsctcoxford.wordpress.com/ for further details

 8.30pm: Dorset Dash

We will gather from 8.30pm on Broad Street, Oxford, outside Balliol College (Oxford OX1 3BJ) and we’ll leave at 9pm. Previously, we have arrived at the beach between 7 and 9 on Sunday morning.

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

Sun 16 June 10am: Oxfordshire Youth Cycling (OYC) bicycle ride for girls and boys aged 13+ of about 30 miles leaving from Summertown.

Start: Colombian Coffee Roasters in Summertown

Riders should be capable of riding at 15 miles an hour + and should come on a road bike with water, food and spare inner tube.  Parents are welcome but there is a no wait policy for them if they can’t keep up 🙂 

Contact jakebikebackus@gmail.com or visit www.OxfordshireYouthCycling.org

Oxfordshire Youth Cycling provides cycle training and mentoring taking young people (aged 14+) cycling on Oxfordshire country roads and helping them to develop their potential for racing.

Rides are typically 2 to 3 hours on Sundays at 10am.  Other rides are posted on our Facebook group.

OYC is a cross-club concept based in Oxford and is FREE.

Riders don’t have to be part of a club.

Oxfordshire Youth Cycling (OYC) has safeguarding policies and is manged by experienced cyclists and racers to help build youth rider skills and stamina, as well as confidence.

Fri 21 June 5.45a.m.  Summer Solstice Ride

Starting at the Tourist Information Centre in Broad Street. Meet at 5.45 a.m. for a ride start at 5.50 a.m.

A ride at (just past) dawn from the centre of the city through meadows and up tracks to a wonderful viewpoint of the dreaming spires. For those with time we will have a celebratory breakfast when back down in the city, then all ready to start the working day. You’ll be so glad you did it!

Aims to return to the City Centre by 8am. Some rough tracks. Approx distance 13 miles.

Fri 21 to Sun 23rd June Tandem Festival 2019Tandem Festival celebrates culture, fosters cooperation and inspires change, and we’re back for our fourth edition! Cycle powered, volunteer fuelled and community led, Tandem brings you different worlds of music, art, talks, workshops, film screenings and food. At Tandem, what’s good for your ears, eyes and dancing shoes can be good for the planet too.

Come along to share in a 3 day adventure of dance, storytelling, crafts, workshops, talks and spaces to be creative for all ages. And of course music for everyone, from funk to classical, swinging ceilidhs to late night DJs, and musicians from around the globe sharing the sounds of their cultures.

See https://tandemfestival.com/