We’ve packed a lot of cycling into the last few years and though our weekly club ride every Saturday is the mainstay of the club, we’ve also enjoyed regular weekday rides (with an obligatory cake stop), day trips away to cycle through unfamiliar countryside in the Welsh borders, club tours to Mallorca and the Vecors Massif in France 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!
A club day trip in May 2019 to the west Cotswolds, starting at Sherborne Cafe near Burford.
Dave Nash riding the Via Claudia Augusta through Germany, Austria and Italy.
Post club ride Full English Breakfast at Webby’s house, to raise money for Sobell House
Ready to rumble!
The road into Compton Beauchamp, heading over The Ridgeway.
Club Secretary, Mike Lowndes, demonstrates his descending prowess off the Tumble in South Wales.
Flying up the High, past Magdalen College, at the end of a summer club ride.
Sorry guys, Rapha wont be needing you as models.
OCC on the charge in South Wales
Another cake stop, this time at the Fig Tree Cafe in Abergavenny, during a spring day trip to South Wales
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!
Striking a pose in 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.
OCC members stop to admire the view at the top of Col de Puig Major, Mallorca
A stop at Cafe de la Poste in Chadlington during a social ride for new riders.
James Piggot, loving his Saturday club ride!
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.
Jonathan Mason and Nashers tackle Shilton ford in the Cotwolds.
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
Danny Wright crosses the line to complete the 2017 Maratona in the Italian Dolomites.
Sheepdrove Road into Lambourn
Webby feeling a little horse
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
An early summer club run in the Cotswolds
Rich Burnham takes on some much needed fuel, before heading towards the Tumble climb in South Wales.
Soaking up th view from the top of White Horse Hill near Uffington
Claire Milligan leads Danny Wright on a descent during the Maratona in the Italian Dolomites.
A busy post-ride gathering in the garden at Home on the Abingdon Road.
Nothing like a little cyclo-cross on a club ride to spice things up a bit!
Mark Howard leading from the front.
Alan Penny, Mark Osborne and Brian Cooper are all smiles after completing the gruelling Mallorca312 in April 2017.
Autumn in the Chiltern Hills
Social ride stop at Bamford
Tom Chapman after taking part in the Velothon Wales with his Dad
Beers after a day in the Welsh hills
Early spring club ride
Jonathan Mason taking part in the Marmotte in 2017
The Cotswold Hills – right on our doorstep and spectacular riding throughout the year.
Mark Osborne on top of the 3300m Pico del Veleta in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, the highest paved road in Europe.
Climbing the Tumble in south Wales on a trip to Herefordshire and the Welsh Valleys in June 2018
Relaxing at the Fig Tree Cafe in Abergavenny, before tackling the infamous Tumble climb in South Wales.
Jonathan Mason and Didi the Devil, after the Dragon Ride 2018
Sometimes the line between ‘road cycling’ and ‘offf-road’ can becomes a little blurred.
Webby at the top of Mont Ventoux in August 2018 – his first ever ascent of The Beast of Provence.
Keeping it neat and tight on the club run.
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.
Mark Osborne crests the Tumble in South Wales
Photo opportunity at the Rollright Stones on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire border.
Springtime in the Cotwolds
Claire Milligan crosses the line to complete the 2017 Maratona in the Italian Dolomites.
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
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!
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.
After a freezing winter and a wet spring, 2018 was a cycling summer to remember. A parched Sheepdrove Road on The Ridgeway in July.
Alan Penny (centre) on mechanic duties for Team Zappi at the U23 Giro d’Italia 2019
Danny Wright and Claire Milligan having conquered the highest paved road in the Alps, the Col de L’Iseran in France
Sherborne Cafe – a favourite club stop on weekday rides