Riding near Oxford ?
Short answer is no.
Shotover won’t keep you interested for more than about 15 minutes!
I spent 5 years living in Oxford, mainly Headington, and have never ridden a bike as little as I did then. Would long to get out of Oxford just to go ride my bike…
Don’t have to travel too far for some riding though…Posted 7 years agojimsmithMember
ah I think y’all give shotover a bad rep…Posted 7 years ago
I grew up in headington an now live in wales
came over to visit the folks and went up there today…
sure the downhills are mostly sub 30s
but its fast and dusty atm and there s some fun bits to be had
some new jumps up on horspath common since I was last there
maybe it was just a memory lane thing…..TimSMember
There’s not really much close to the city – unless you’ve got a road bike 😉
The Ridgeway is just OK IMO: it gets really greasy if there’s been any rain. The Chilterns is my recommendation.
@pdw: I’d be interested to learn any routes that you’d care to share – I normally go out round Nettlebed.Posted 7 years agoElGringoMember
+1 for nettlebed. MBR did a nice route out there a few years ago. I still love it. Not esp. taxing or technical, just darned good fun, in the wet or the dry. a fair number of good pubs, too! Have got many friends hooked on biking thanks to that route!
(I’m fairly sure that other, higher quality mags have also done routes there at some point!)
make sure you have a puncture repair kit though, I nearly always find thorns in my tyres! : (Posted 7 years agosmegMember
I grew up in Headington ,but was a BMX’er then, still go down there quite often to visit family who live in Shotover so usually take the bike. Shotover OK for a mess around but try to go early\late to avoid all the walkers/families, I quite like the ‘cheeky’ run down into Risinghurst, just go and explore.
If you want a proper ride then you’ll need to drive.Posted 7 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
I’m based 45 mins away in Tring – loads around here from the techy XC loop at Aston Hill to flat singletrack and good pubs around Ashridge, or traditional Chilterns rolling hills and chalky singletrack heading over towards Chequers.
Alternatively the Cotswolds start around Woodstock – not fantastic riding, but you can get a reasonable loop in.
Drop me a line if you want to know more.Posted 7 years ago
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