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.
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Follow the Thames 125 mile ride
Sat 16 June 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00pm
Follow the Thames from its source all the way to Wallingford. At 125 miles 200km, this is a great way to stretch beyond the regular Century distance and set a new benchmark.
We will ride from Wallingford, upriver through Abingdon, Oxford, Eynsham (25 miles/coffee) and Lechlade (50 miles/lunch) to the source of the Thames near Cirencester. Ideally, we’ll have time stroll the few hundred metres of footpath off the road to the official source – at about our 75 mile point.
Then, after taking some more refreshments in Kemble or nearby we’ll head East towards the Ridgeway and roughly follow the spring line. We’ll stop for a meal at the Fox & Hounds at Uffington before returning to Wallingford. In theory it’s all downhill – in practice, there may be a few small undulations, but the route overall is quite flat.
We’ll stop every 25 miles for refreshment and ride at a moderate pace, similar to the Century rides. So this will be a long day – 10pm even if everything goes exactly to plan. The late finish is also why it’s on a Saturday. We will finish in the dark so bring lights and money for food & drink.
Please let me know you are coming so I can book the main food stops for the right number of people.
NOTE it is the day of Wallingford Carnival. Please do not park in Wallingford on the carnival route: http://www.wallingfordcarnival.org.uk/about.html