Cycling UK Oxfordshire organises its own rides and we also highlight some rides run by other local groups. Even if you are not a Cycling UK member, you will be welcome on any ride that is within your capabilities and we will be happy to match you up with suitable rides. In general, you can ride for free on three rides before deciding whether to join Cycling UK.
Cycling UK Oxfordshire is a hub for cycling activities across the county and slightly beyond. Any Cycling UK Member is welcome at our events, as are non-members who would like to try out riding in a group. Please contact us if you are not sure about speed, distance or anything else.
CTC Bicester is the new social cycling group for Bicester, formed in September 2015. In 2015, we organised a series of 5 leisure rides over the spring and summer. These were very popular, attracting a thriving community of leisure riders, who have now formed their own CTC Informal Member Group. The rides continue, and are open to all.
Oxford City Cycling UK organises regular Sunday rides (usually leaving from Broad Street at 9.30am) and occasional social events and special rides, travelling to farther afield places. Distances range from 35-50 miles in winter to 50+ miles in summer. Our Sunday rides are a social occasion, and while some may enjoy the odd burst of speed up a hill, we always wait for slower riders.
The main activity of the group is organising rides every Wednesday. The rides meet at a café chosen by the day’s leader and start, normally, as soon after 10:30 as possible and not later than 10:45. As our riders come from all over Oxfordshire the starting points are similarly diverse and during a year’s riding we generally reach all areas of Oxfordshire and the edges of the neighbouring counties.
We are a friendly group offering rides for all types of recreational rider predominantly on the roads and occasionally along the local by-ways and bridleways. We cater for beginners, families and more experienced riders – in fact anyone who enjoys a bit of fresh air and exercise on two wheels. We operate a regular programme of rides and social events that are open to all members.
We ride each Sunday, enjoying the countryside and each other’s company. Sunday rides are between 30 and 60 miles and always include a cafe stop. Pace is determined by the group, but would not be considered ‘racy’ and no one gets left behind. We ride all manner of machines: MTBs, hybrids, tourers, racers, even the occasional tricycle!
Isis Cyclists run short bike rides for women in Oxford with the aim of encouraging non-cyclists to get back on their bikes and commuters to enjoy leisure cycling – all as a step towards health, having fun and meeting new people. Rides are led by experienced and knowledgeable cyclists and use the best of the city’s cycle paths and quiet lanes, heading towards greenery wherever possible.
We are the Cycling UK group for Wallingford! Formed in September 2013, the group aims to provide a regular programme of sociable on- and off-road rides starting from Wallingford in South East Oxfordshire. With the Vale of White Horse, the Chiltern Hills, the Vale of Aylesbury and Wessex Downs all on the doorstep there is much varied and interesting terrain to explore locally, including some great off-road routes.
Cycle workshops, educational groups and other resources
Broken Spoke Bike Co-op Fixing and recycling bikes and training people how to fix and ride bikes in and around Oxford. Including gentle (re)introductory rides for the older generation ‘Pedalling On‘.
Beryl’s Night especially for women and trans folk at Broken Spoke.
“Oxfordshire Cyclist” magazine Editor, Peter Hallowell, peter.hallowell (at) btinternet.com. Lists local cycle groups and rides, and reports on cycling activities past and present, in the county and beyond. Available in some local bike shops, or by subscription.