Sunday 2nd July 1:30pm, 12 mile introductory road ride

1 Star road ride – gentle place, generally flat. Suitable for beginners, occasional riders, and families.

  • Average speed: 8–10 mph
  • Distance: 12 miles
  • Start time: 1.30 pm
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 2 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Alison Smart

Route: Out via Preston Crowmarsh, Benson and Roke to a tea stop at Ewelme Watercress Beds. Returning via Benson. The ride will be preceded by a Dr Bike event in the Market Place with free safety checks and basic maintenance from 11:00am.

Sunday 25th June 8:00am, Oxfordshire Century (100-mile) Ride

Whole day road ride – a challenge, organised by Cycling UK Oxfordshire. Suitable for experienced riders with good levels of fitness and stamina, it will be hilly, long, and ideally enjoyable!

  • Average speed: 10–12 mph
  • Distance: 101 miles
  • Start time: 8:00 am
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 12 hours including three refreshment stops
  • Ride leader: Steve Swanton

Route: This year’s Cycling UK Oxfordshire Century ride will start from Wallingford and take us through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Chiltern Hills and the North Wessex Downs. This is a led ride at a touring pace with tea, lunch and coffee stops along the way; we will aim to cover 100 miles in about 11 hours.

There’ll also be a 50 mile ride, initially following the same route then returning to Wallingford after the morning coffee break.

Note there is free all-day parking in the Goldsmiths Lane long-stay car park behind the Market Place. Please let Steve know if you are planning to join us by Thursday 22 June as we need numbers for the refreshment stops.

Sunday 18th June 1:30pm, 37 mile (Grandmaster) road ride

3 Star road ride – quicker pace. Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination!

  • Average speed: 12–14 mph
  • Distance: 37 miles
  • Start time: 1:30 pm
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 3.5 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Patrick Hardiman

Route: A chess-themed ride, the opening gambit and endgame will become apparent as we move around the board. There’ll be hills, a tea stop, and an opportunity to resign after 25 miles.

Sunday 11th June 1:30pm, 22 mile road ride (nb a 2nd Sunday)

2 Star road ride – steady pace, with some climbs. Suitable for regular riders who prefer a more relaxed pace.

  • Average speed: 10–12 mph
  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Start time: 1.30 pm
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 3 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Rebecca Broadbent

Route: Out through Ewelme and Chalgrove to the Crazy Bear Farm Shop in Stadhampton. Returning via Burcot, Clifton Hampden and Brightwell.

Sunday 21st May 1:30pm, 34 mile road ride

3 Star road ride – quicker pace. Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination!

  • Average speed: 12–14 mph
  • Distance: 34 miles
  • Start time: 1:30 pm
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 3.5 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Patrick Hardiman

Route: Out via Chalgrove and the Haseleys to Waterperry Gardens to meet other Oxfordshire cycling groups. Returning via Little Milton, Drayton St Leonard and Dorchester.

Sunday 7th May 1:30pm, 15 mile introductory road ride

1 Star road ride – gentle pace, generally flat. Suitable for beginners, occasional riders, and families.

  • Average speed: 8–10 mph
  • Distance: 15 miles
  • Start time: 1.30 pm
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 2.5 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Chris Leftley

Route: Out via Shillingford, Dorchester and Drayton St Leonard to a tea stop at the Crazy Bear farm shop in Stadhampton. Returning via the Berricks, Benson and Crowmarsh.

Sunday 7th May 1:30pm, 25 mile road ride

2 Star road ride – steady pace, with some climbs. Suitable for regular riders who prefer a more relaxed pace.

  • Average speed: 10–12 mph
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Start time: 1.30 pm
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 3 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Peter Wood

Route: Out through Benson, Ewelme, and Ipsden to the Chocolate Café in Goring. Returning via Woodcote and the Stokes.

Saturday 22nd April 11:30am, 30-something mile campaign road ride

2 Star road ride – steady pace, with some climbs. Suitable for regular riders who prefer a more relaxed pace.

  • Average speed: 10–12 mph
  • Distance: 30-something miles
  • Start time: 11.30 am (nb Saturday)
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 5 hours including a refreshment stop and time in Oxford
  • Ride leaders: Alison Smart and Patrick Hardiman

Route: Arriving in Oxford for 2pm to lobby county council candidates for improved cycling facilities, then returning to Wallingford. We’ll walk the first 50 yards as the Market Place will be closed, then there’ll be a choice of two routes each way: 15-16 miles via Shillingford, Newington and Stadhampton; or 18-19 miles via Clifton Hampden, Abingdon and Radley. Please bring lunch to eat en route, or in Oxford. You can also make your own way to County Hall, eg by rail or via Park & Ride.

Sunday 16th April 1:30pm, 30-ish mile road ride

3 Star road ride – quicker pace. Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination!

  • Average speed: 12–14 mph
  • Distance: 30-ish miles
  • Start time: 1:30 pm
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 3.5 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Alison Smart

Route: Out via Ipsden, Nuffield and Maidensgrove, to a tea stop at Turville Heath. Back via Christmas Common, Watlington, Brightwell Baldwin and Benson.

Saturday 1st April 1:30pm, 27 mile road ride

2 Star road ride – steady pace, with some climbs. Suitable for regular riders who prefer a more relaxed pace.

  • Average speed: 10–12 mph
  • Distance: 27 miles
  • Start time: 1.30 pm (nb Saturday)
  • Start location: Wallingford Market Place
  • Ride time: Approx 3.5 hours including a tea stop
  • Ride leader: Peter Wood

Route: A mainly flat ride, out through Little Wittenham, Burcot and Dorchester to refreshments at the Crazy Bear Farmshop. Back through Chalgrove, Cuxham/Upperton, Ewelme and Benson.