We’ve packed a lot of cycling into the last couple of years. Our weekly club ride every Saturday is the mainstay of the club, but we’ve enjoyed regular weekday rides (with an obligatory cake stop), day trips away to cycle through unfamiliar countryside in England and Wales, a club tour to Mallorca and our members have competed in challenging sportives and embarked on wonderful adventures, both in the UK and abroad.
This gallery captures some of the most memorable moments and showcases why being an OCC member can enliven and enhance your road cycling experience! So, in no particular order, enjoy the show . . . and if you like what you see, then join us for a ride!
After a freezing winter and a wet spring, 2018 was a cycling summer to remember. A parched Sheepdrove Road on The Ridgeway in July.
The panoramic view over the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat in Gloucestershire that club members enjoyed during a day trip to the Forest of Dean and the Welsh borders in the spring of 2017.
OCC is affiliated to Sobell House Hospice and a proportion of our club funds raised by membership fees and kit sales goes towards this venerable Oxford charity. This was our first donation, in 2017, that even garnered a mention in the Oxford Times, no less!
Why not, after a hard, hot ride?! All our rides end at Home on the Abingdon Road, where we always receive a warm welcome from Noel, Tamara and their team. Safe storage of bikes, great coffee (even better beers), pastries and snacks. Check them out on Instagram @homepubs
Claire Milligan crosses the line to complete the 2017 Maratona in the Italian Dolomites.
Springtime in the Cotwolds
Photo opportunity at the Rollright Stones on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire border.
Mark Osborne crests the Tumble in South Wales
Tony Trafford, Paul Antony and James Piggot all smiles after that early season leg tester, the White Horse Challenge, which heads out from Shrivenham into Wiltshire and the Ridgeway.
Keeping it neat and tight on the club run.
Webby at the top of Mont Ventoux in August 2018 – his first ever ascent of The Beast of Provence.
Sometimes the line between ‘road cycling’ and ‘offf-road’ can becomes a little blurred.
Jonathan Mason and Didi the Devil, after the Dragon Ride 2018
Relaxing at the Fig Tree Cafe in Abergavenny, before tackling the infamous Tumble climb in South Wales.
Climbing the Tumble in south Wales on a trip to Herefordshire and the Welsh Valleys in June 2018
Mark Osborne on top of the 3300m Pico del Veleta in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, the highest paved road in Europe.
The Cotswold Hills – right on our doorstep and spectacular riding throughout the year.
Jonathan Mason taking part in the Marmotte in 2017
Early spring club ride
Beers after a day in the Welsh hills
Tom Chapman after taking part in the Velothon Wales with his Dad
Social ride stop at Bamford
Autumn in the Chiltern Hills
Alan Penny, Mark Osborne and Brian Cooper are all smiles after completing the gruelling Mallorca312 in April 2017.
Mark Howard leading from the front.
Nothing like a little cyclo-cross on a club ride to spice things up a bit!
A busy post-ride gathering in the garden at Home on the Abingdon Road.
Claire Milligan leads Danny Wright on a descent during the Maratona in the Italian Dolomites.
Soaking up th view from the top of White Horse Hill near Uffington
Rich Burnham takes on some much needed fuel, before heading towards the Tumble climb in South Wales.
An early summer club run in the Cotswolds
In the summer of 2018, James Piggot rode the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, an epic 10 day adventure from Biarritz in France to the famous pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostella in Galicia
Webby feeling a little horse
Sheepdrove Road into Lambourn
Danny Wright crosses the line to complete the 2017 Maratona in the Italian Dolomites.
A quick stop to take in the views of the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat during a day trip to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
Jonathan Mason and Nashers tackle Shilton ford in the Cotwolds.
Relaxing on the outside terrace of The Filling Station Cafe in Tintern, with Paul Lewis (in blue top) who joined us from his home in Abergavenny.
James Piggot, loving his Saturday club ride!
A stop at Cafe de la Poste in Chadlington during a social ride for new riders.
OCC members stop to admire the view at the top of Col de Puig Major, Mallorca
Mike Lowndes (left) headed to New Zealand in July 2018 and linked up with former club mate and resident Kiwi, Hans van der Voorn (and friends), for a windly and lumpy ride around Wellington.
Striking a pose in Mallorca.
Paul Honeybone, had a coyote and some deer for company in the Sante Fe National Park, New Mexico, on a solo ride that took him up to 3145 metres. Fortunately he didn’t encounter any bears that roam these parts, ready to make a meal of any cyclists struggling on the inclines!
Another cake stop, this time at the Fig Tree Cafe in Abergavenny, during a spring day trip to South Wales
OCC on the charge in South Wales
Sorry guys, Rapha wont be needing you as models.
Flying up the High, past Magdalen College, at the end of a summer club ride.
Club Secretary, Mike Lowndes, demonstrates his descending prowess off the Tumble in South Wales.
The road into Compton Beauchamp, heading over The Ridgeway.