Weekend rides 4/5 August

A big weekend coming up with the greatly-anticipated downhill freewheel competition taking place on Saturday at midday. Anyone can enter the event which traditionally uses the hill at the top of Hempton as it has a long run-out to easily record who can coast the furthest and it has one simple rule: no pedaling! Aside from that, anything goes: you can use any bike and any number of aero-aids to gain an advantage. We’ve adjusted Saturday’s routes to coincide with the competition and give more members the chance to enter.

Saturday 10am Gentle Cafe Ride: The 12-14mph average speed Gentle Cafe ride heads out on a clockwise loop, never straying that for from Banbury for coffee and cake in Deddington prior to the downhill as part of a 24.7 mile ride.

Saturday 10am Intermediate Ride: The same coffee and cake stop in Deddington between 15-16mph over the same route.

Sunday Long Intermediate and Fast Rides 9am: The long intermediate and fast rides go out to Moreton. You can expect an average for the former of 17mph and the latter 18mph+ over the 51 miles, as it’s a reasonably flat route the pace may, if all agree, be even higher. Neither of these rides will be stopping for coffee.

Sunday 10am Intermediate Ride: The second Sunday intermediate ride goes to Hinton for coffee and cake. Expect 16mph average speed over the 34.4m ride.

All rides meet at Broadribb cycles 15 minutes before the departure time. It’s important you pick a ride that’s commensurate with your ability levels.

General information about club rides

Ride rules, protocol and small print which is important to read