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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Oxfordshire Triennial Veterans Century Ride 2013
Sun 9 June 2013 - 8:00am
2013 is a CTC Tri-vets year and once again CTC Oxfordshire is planning to host one of the score or so rides taking place across the country during June. Tri-vets is shorthand for the CTC Triennial Veterans’ Century Rides, which are designed for ‘veteran’ members over the age of 50. Apparently, the tradition dates back to CTC’s golden anniversary year of 1928. Riders have up to 12 hours to complete the 100 mile route. We in Oxfordshire run it as a group ride with riders split into 5 or 6 groups of about a dozen riders each with a local leader and sweeper. The groups start at 10 minute intervals from 8am, so riders can choose a faster or slower group. The Oxfordshire Tri-vets ride will be on Sunday 9 June starting from Islip. The route first makes a loop of Otmoor before turning north on an anticlockwise tour through Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. It’s a great social event with coffee, lunch and tea stops hosted by local WIs at Weston-on-the-Green, North Leigh and Steventon. If you are not a veteran you can still take part as a volunteer ride leader or sweeper – please contact Helen Beane (01865 726750) if you are willing to help. Entry forms will be published in the Feb/Mar edition of Cycle magazine. Last time we were over- subscribed, so please book early. As well as the Trti-vets ride we will also be running an all-comers Century (100-mile) ride over the same course on Sunday 19th May. This is an opportunity for everyone to have a go at a century and riders are very welcome to leave and join the ride to make up their own century if they so wish. This is what the CTC National website says about the event: "The Triennial Veterans (Tri Vets) rides take place during the month of June – or a week either side – every three years. These events are open to CTC members who are aged 50 years or over by June 2013. The aim is to complete a 100 mile circuit in under 12 hours. Our volunteer organisers create lovely routes, taking in pleasant countryside and include refreshment stops en route. The Tri Vets rides are a personal challenge for many, as well as a popular social event. CTC are very grateful to all of our member group organisers for creating the routes, and putting the time and effort into the Tri Vets rides. A big thank you to all! Certificates are awarded to all riders upon completion of the ride, and there’s also the opportunity for participants to purchase a commemorative badge / date bar in recognition of their achievement. If you would like to know more about the Tri-Vets events, please feel free to contact Andy Hawes at CTC National Office on 01483 238 306." Route: Islip, Otmoor, Islip, NW across the Cherwell river to skirt the Cotswolds, North Leigh, Minster Lovell, Brize Norton, Bampton, then south to Buckland, east to Steventon and north back to Islip. The contact for the CTC Oxfordshire ride on 9 June is: Contact Name: Eve Thornton Contact Telephone: 01235 527628 Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some photos of the Tri Vets ride: https://picasaweb.google.com/Corrado1994/Vets100_2013Photos1?authkey=Gv1sRgCNSc9aid4Ja95AE
Robin Tucker led the Final group and here is his account of the day.