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Post  weasley Thu Sep 17 2009, 20:35

OK, after the ToL I felt embarrassed that all I ever do is go to someone else's ride-out and never my own. I also know that I moan about the roads down here being pants in comparison to Wales/Peak District/Lincolnshire/anywhere else. However, I recently took a bit of time to study a map and started thinking I might just be able to squeeze out a half-decent day-long ride in the Oxon/Gloucs/Berks area, taking in the Cotswolds, Lambourn Downs and so on.

Right now this is nothing more than a theoretical exercise, but if I were to come up with a route and if I could find a slot in the hectic Thundercat calendar next year, would anybody come?

Let's, for the sake of argument, say it might be based in/around Burford in Oxon - there are a few places to stay and eat/drink (although I have no idea if they accept sweaty bikers as readily as they accept sweaty American tourists). I live in Reading but grew up in the suggested area so know it fairly well. I have a few ideas for places to include on a route, but if anyone wants to make any suggestions they are more than welcome.

Be warned, you won't find towering hills or endless valleys, more likely towering horseboxes and endless traffic, but if you fancy a peek at a different part of the country, y'never know - might be OK...?

All's I need now is a humorous and memorable name for the (theoretical) ride-out...
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Post  morgy Thu Sep 17 2009, 20:49

Cant't think of a name just yet but i would be very interested in the rideout as it is alot closer for me to travel.
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Post  SteveCat Fri Sep 18 2009, 10:18

A 'Southern Suburbs' ride out sounds good, putting my hand up.

umm, can't think of a name though.


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Post  0ldcat Fri Sep 18 2009, 11:47

Yup,

I'll put me hand up for that too, be nice to do a ride south(ish) again. What a Face

I'm sure you'll come up with a suitable name in time Cool great

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Post  Rosco Fri Sep 18 2009, 12:04

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:A 'Southern Suburbs' ride out sounds good, putting my hand up.

umm, can't think of a name though.


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How about the Southern Woofties Rideout tongue
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Post  morgy Fri Sep 18 2009, 12:35

At least there aren't as many wild animals to try and avoid (or tractors)
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Post  weasley Fri Sep 18 2009, 13:41

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:How about the Southern Woofties Rideout tongue

Funnily enough, I did lead a day-trip ride-out a few years ago that was known as the "Southern Softies" ride. Still, at least it was sunny...
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Post  stretchie_ Fri Sep 18 2009, 15:45

I'd be well up for that, not far from me.

Could help with the route and/or reccies if you want.
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Post  Rosco Fri Sep 18 2009, 17:06

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:At least there aren't as many wild animals to try and avoid (or tractors)
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:How about the Southern Woofties Rideout tongue

Funnily enough, I did lead a day-trip ride-out a few years ago that was known as the "Southern Softies" ride. Still, at least it was sunny...

Ooops sorry ....... typo, honest!
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Post  0ldcat Fri Sep 18 2009, 17:40

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:At least there aren't as many wild animals to try and avoid (or tractors)
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Ear oi comz from hertfordshire too (Borehamwood) . . . . . plenty o them therez trac'erz to avoid, not to mention foxes, guineafowl,pheasents and badgers.

Being a towny Very Happy (Watford) Wink you probly never seez 'em What a Face

Morgy mate thats why we make the bigger meets that are further afield weekenders. To give peeps from afar a chance to do a bit of wilde life and tractor dodging in all comfort, have a bit of a do after, overnight and ride home in safety and peace on the Sunday morning.
All joking apart mate you really should , if you can, find the time to venture to one of them not just wait for one to come to you.

If weasley does do this one though it'll be great to see you there, and trust me . . . . there's plenty of wilde life to come across in those there parts too Laughing

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Post  Radar Fri Sep 18 2009, 17:53

I do be relatively local to the Cotswolds...I'm up for it!
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Post  morgy Fri Sep 18 2009, 18:57

Good to have some banter going.
Banter aside, i didnt find this site and all its lovely members until i had purchased my latest Cat and it came to close to your already arranged meets to attend.
Rest assured when dates become available i will try my upmost to attend one of your extremely well organised events.

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Post  Guest Fri Sep 18 2009, 19:18

Count me in. I'm there already.

For a name, how about the Good Looking, Hard, Southerners Rideout that Northerners are allowed to come on. Quite short and snappy I think. :lol3:
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Post  Eddie990 Fri Sep 18 2009, 19:40

Nice idea Paul,

I'm interested, and will be there if I'm ashore.

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Post  Catapulted Fri Sep 18 2009, 20:14

That area is pretty local to me, so pencil me in. The route will have to be carefully planned though. Most of the decent northern cotswold roads have had endless 50mph limits applied in the last 12 months. We used to have a decent circuit round Banbury, Chipping Norton, Broadway etc but thats ruined now. Still, there must be a few little gems still out there.
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Post  weasley Fri Sep 18 2009, 21:20

Yeah, I'm well aware of the 50mph rash that has spread across Oxfordshire. grumpy

I'll go do a recce at some point and see how it looks.

Glad to see at least some interest - it might not rival Welshpool in its heyday but this thing might actually fly! I'll keep you all posted - keep sending in your suggestions and interest though... the more the merrier.
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! Fri Sep 18 2009, 22:48

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Speak for yourself love - i'll have you know Laydees do not sweat - we 'glow'

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Post  greencat Sat Sep 19 2009, 09:11

Hi Paul,

Great idea! Always nice to be able to try the roads in another area. :bounce:

Guilt makes you do amazing things! Laughing

Count me in subject to work commitments.

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Post  Radar Sat Sep 19 2009, 11:04

Let me know when you are doing the recce, might be able to come along
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Post  weasley Sat Sep 19 2009, 11:28

Not sure if I'll get it in this year or early next. I still need a rear tyre before I go anywhere! I'll post up here if I get a chance, but be warned that my biking days out are often last minute opportunities!

Cheers for all the replies so far.
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Post  Radar Sun Sep 20 2009, 07:04

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Not sure if I'll get it in this year or early next. I still need a rear tyre before I go anywhere! I'll post up here if I get a chance, but be warned that my biking days out are often last minute opportunities!

Cheers for all the replies so far.

No worries Weasley drop me a PM when you are sorting things out, short notice could be a problem, but be good to get out either way.
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Post  Guest Mon Sep 28 2009, 19:33

Sounds like fun, my usual Friday commute (when I've got a bike!) is from Brum to Wiltshire via Evesham, Stow, Burford, etc. It's gorgeous but it'd be great to see more of it when I'm not in as much of a rush.

In short, count me in - just let me know where and when!
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Post  Guest Mon Feb 22 2010, 22:31

@weasley wrote:a half-decent day-long ride in the Oxon/Gloucs/Berks area, taking in the Cotswolds, Lambourn Downs and so on

Weasley,

Still up for this? Would be happy to try and help organise something, have a bit of a recce if you want great
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Post  Catapulted Sat Mar 06 2010, 11:36

Any dates in mind for this? I'm keen to get out there again...
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Post  Radar Sat Mar 06 2010, 16:23

Me too
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