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!

Post-Bike Week events for 2018

As at 18/6/18 

Thur. 21st 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 5.45a.m.

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.

Fri. 22nd to Sun. 24th Tandem Festival 2018

Tandem Festival celebrates international culture, fosters cooperation and inspires change. Come along to join us for a 3-day escape on the border of the Cotswolds.

 

Cycle-powered & volunteer-fuelled, Tandem Festival will give you the chance not only to spend a weekend adventuring in beautiful surroundings, but will transport you to different worlds through music, art, talks, workshops, film screenings and food that’s good for your soul and your taste buds as well as the planet.

See https://tandemfestival.com/

Bike Week events for 2018

Sat. 9th 10a.m – 6p.m. Big Green Day Out Broad Street.

Large event, not just cycling related. Several cycle stalls, with different bikes to try, but mainly other kindred spirits to cycling enthusiasts.

Sun. 10th 9.45am: Cowley Road Condors Newbies ride. 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.
Sun. 10th 1:15 p.m. 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: karen@wolffs.info

Mon. 11th 5.30pm (from Masons’ Arms in the Quarry) / 6.15pm (from Weston Library steps, Broad Street at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start): Quarry-Roubaix ride

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.

·         Meet at the steps of the Weston Library on Broad Street at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

·         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.

·         Anyone wishing to experience the Quarry-Roubaix in its entirety might like to meet at the Masons Arms in the Quarry at 5.30pm.

Tue. 12th 6.45 p.m. STOP & STARE RIDE: “A TURNER ROUND OXFORD”

Isis Cyclists WOMEN ONLY

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.

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 we 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 (ellen@133.me.uk).

Wed. 13th 6.00 p.m. Oxford Sculpture Trail

Meet at Oxford Visitor Centre, 15 Broad Street Oxford

A slow ride, very suitable for beginners. Peter Thompson of Oxford Civic Society will lead us on a tour of about 18 interesting and important sculptures around the centre of Oxford. (On some stops there’s more than one to see, so less than 18 stops!) This ride proved very popular when last run about 4 years ago. Last about 2 hours.

Fri. 15th 9.30am-12.30pm: Wheels for All open taster session

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

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. For further information, see http://www.oxspa.co.uk/wheelsforall

This will also include a selection of Tomcat tricycles for adults and children to try out, including their latest innovation, the Bullet which is proving very popular for teenagers and adults alike and can be adjusted to suit different heights whilst the rider is seated.  See https://tomcatuk.org/trikes/silver-bullet-2/ for example

6pm: A ten-mile traffic light-free ride along quiet ways in Oxford, starting outside TIC on Broad Street.

Enjoy an updated traffic light-free ten-mile cycle route through Oxford taking in some quiet ways that we haven’t done before, in Marston, Headington and East Oxford.

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

Sat. 16th 9.45 a.m. ISIS CYLSITS LONG RIDE: SOUTH-EAST TO BENSON

Isis Cyclists WOMEN ONLY

This is the first long ride in the build-up for our 50 mile ride in September. Meeting on the junction of Cowley Road and Magdalen Road (outside old bingo hall) at 9.45am for 10am departure, we will take Barracks Lane to get out of Oxford in a fairly traffic-free way. Our route will take us via Horspath, hill up to Cuddesdon and down to the mill, Great Milton and Chalgrove. There will probably be a short stretch on bridleway to get us to Brightwell Baldwin, and then we will continue close to  Ewelme to Benson for refreshments in the Waterfront Cafe (17 miles). https://www.waterfrontcafe.co.uk/  We return through Berrick Salome, Chalgrove, Stadhampton (a short stretch on main road) Chislehampton, Denton, Garsington and Blackbird Leys/Cowley. The ride is 30 miles with some hills. The leader is Clare Farley.

10.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Meadow Lane Meander

Meet at the Jackdaw Lane end of Meadow Lane. A gentle almost all off-road ride very suitable for children or adults. Exploring by bike all the green spaces along this Meadow Lane.

•      Aston’s Eyot Nature reserve

•      Kidneys Nature Park

•      Meadow Lane Nature Park

•      Iffley Glebe

Returning along the river towpath via Iffley Lock to

•      Iffley Fields Nature Reserve

•      Long Bridges Nature Park where there will be cake!

All welcome! Just turn up!

10am: Ride to Westmill Wind Farm, starting from Frideswide Square

It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Westmill Wind and Solar Farm near Shivenham, and there’s a celebratory event to mark the occasion. Get to it in the most appropriate way with an approx. 22 mile cycle ride there – and another 22 miles back of course!  See here for further details and email ride leader Jonathan Darby on jonathan@jd.org for further details.

8.30pm for 9pm start: Dorset Dash overnight ride from Oxford to the sea side.  Meet outside Balliol College (Oxford OX1 3BJ) on Broad Street, Oxford.  See www.dorsetdash.co.uk

Sun. 17th From 2.30 p.m. Rose Hill Cycling Festival at Rose Hill Community Centre

The BIG event of Oxford Bike Week. A festival of all things cycling, aimed at new or reluctant cyclists, as well as the more experienced.

Come and celebrate everyday cycling for everyone.
Interested in cycling or starting cycling, even in Oxford’s traffic?
Want to learn how to fix your bike?
Want to cycle with your family?
Want to meet other people who love cycling, or want to get cycling again?

This free festival has activities for all ages and abilities, including:
– Grand opening of Rose Hill’s new Bike Repair Stand

– Best-dress bike competition with prizes!
– Electric bike trials
– Bike repair workshops
– Children’s games
– Guided bike ride to Osney Hydro, with a short talk there about the project. (Off road or very quiet roads.)
– Snapshot talks on a range of cycling topics
– A smoothie-making bike machine
– Market stalls
– Live music from wonderful Lucy Leave
– Food
… and tons more.