Welcome

Mid Oxon is an established cycling club with a friendly atmosphere based in the Oxford area. Our primary focus is on leisure cycling, but for those that wish to race, the club is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials (CTT) and British Cycling.

The club has a healthy membership and participates in a wide range of cycling events. We cater for those who wish to partake in Time Trialling, Road Racing, Sportives, Grass Track racing and long distance rides (Audax).

For juniors, members of MidOxon help organise regular youth cycling sessions run by British Cycling, see our Youth Cycling section for more information.



 

 

 

MidOxon (not) in action!

Readying for a club ride

Welcome

 

Mid Oxon is an established cycling club with a friendly atmosphere based in the Oxford area. Our primary focus is on leisure cycling, but for those that wish to race, the club is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials (CTT) and British Cycling.

The club has a healthy membership and participates in a wide range of cycling events. We cater for those who wish to partake in Time Trialling, Road Racing, Sportives, Grass Track racing and long distance rides (Audax).

 


 

MidOxon (not) in action!

Readying for a Sunday club ride

New Riders

New Riders

 

 

Cycling can be a great way to get out on the road to get fit.

Mid Oxon are a friendly club, & members will always offer advice freely.

 

Club rides

  • Sunday rides all start from Carfax at the centre of Oxford.
  • The club’s Winter Sunday club rides are generally taken at a steady effort.  We tend to ride at a pace where we’re all still able to chat.  Average will be something like 16mph, & roughly 50-55 miles.
  • Summer rides tend to be longer & slightly faster.  Each ride will be 60 miles plus, & ridden at 17-18mph average.  Again, we’ll mostly be chatting all the way round, but there will be faster efforts.
  • We avoid A-roads whenever possible.  It’s rare that rides will venture onto trunk routes.
  • Each Mid Oxon club ride will have a café stop for a quick drink & some food.
  • Any rider that comes with Mid Oxon will get the support of our friendly group, & will be looked after.
  • Other clubs in Oxford will ride at different paces, so you’ll find one that fits your needs.
  • Riding in a group will lower your required effort by 20-30%, so if you’re able to ride 30-40 miles comfortably then you’ll be able to stay within our group.  If not, one of us will drop back.

 

Riding in a group

  • Riding with others in a group takes extra care & attention.  Avoid sudden maneouvres where possible.
  • Be aware that getting out of the saddle throws the bike backward, so pay special attention on climbs where that will be expected.  As a precaution, ride in a slightly offset position to the rider in front.
  • Enjoy the experience.  It’s easier to ride in a group, because the riders at the front will be bearing the adverse effects of the wind.

 

Be prepared

  • On any bike ride, you’ll need to be prepared for the possibility of a puncture & in case of an emergency have the means to call for assistance. 
  • Most club riders will carry one or two spare tubes, have a working pump, & will have tyre levers.  Carrying emergency patches is an option too.
  • If riding alone, carry a phone in a waterproof bag, & some change in case you need to buy water or food.
  • Ride at a pace that you’re comfortable with to get you back in one piece.
  • Make sure that you’re prepared for the weather.  Nothing worse than getting caught in rain, & not having a jacket that will keep you dry.  There are many that you can easily tuck into jersey pockets.



Items on the web that may help

  • Take a look at the following helpful advice for club rides in these RoadcyclingUK pages.
  • Lots of useful stuff in the bikeradar.com road beginners forum too.

 

 

 

Above all else, look after yourself & enjoy the freedom of roads round Oxfordshire.