Ladies Rides

About the Ladies Rides
If there is enough interest we will run a ladies only club ride, I will arrange these on an adhoc basis, so please email me in advance if you are interested ( I’m happy to arrange these rides based on demand and whenever suits the majority of those interested.

We cover a distance of 30-45 miles, with a cafe stop on the longer rides. Our aim is to encourage more females to get out on their bikes, gain confidence, meet new friends, and enjoy cycling with other ladies.

Next Ride: Sunday 21st May
VeloVixen Women’s Cycling Day

Cafe stop & route: Coffee & Cake at VeloVixen (Wheatley)
The route is 38 miles, a couple of hills – but otherwise pretty flat. VeloVixen are having an open day. There will be rides, workshops, coffee, chance to meet other like minded cyclists, as well as looking around their women’s cycling kit.
set off @ 9.00am from Broadway in Didcot

We meet at the Broadway in Didcot at 9am in summer (BST)
or 9:30 am in winter (GMT), returning by lunchtime.


Please email me ( with any questions. Clare Hofmann (pictured above) is the current Ladies’ Rides Secretary.

Some frequently-asked questions
‘I’m new/returning to cycling: will I be able to keep up?’
Yes. It isn’t a race and we never leave anyone behind. If you’re new, we’ll make sure you have experienced riders around you and the group will ride at a pace that’s comfortable for everyone.

‘I’ve only ever ridden 25 miles, will I be ok?’
Almost certainly – most people can ride further than they think,
especially when they’re chatting. Email us beforehand if you’re
not sure.

‘Do I need to know anything about riding as part of a group?’
There’s a useful guide on the British Cycling website.

‘Will there be hills?’
Possibly. We’ll usually put the route on our Facebook page a few days in advance so you can have a look. Bear in mind there will
almost always be cake at some point too.

‘Do I need to be a member?’
We are always happy to have newcomers along and if you decide you like it (which we really hope you do!) then we encourage you to join the club. We are insured to take non-members out 3 times; after this, we ask that you join.

Ride Schedule for 2016 (routes tbc):
17 January, 9.30am:  Newbridge – 35 miles
21 February, 9.30am:  Oxford – 35-40 miles
20 March, 9.30am:  Newbridge – 35-40 miles
17 April, 9.00am:  Court Hill – 40-45 miles
15 May, 9.00am:  Waterperry
 – 40-45 miles
19 June, 9.00am:  White Horse Hill – 40-45 miles
24 July, 9.00am: Special event Rapha 100km – route tbc
21 August, 9.00am:  Aston Pottery – 40-45 miles
18 September, 9.00am:  Letcombe Regis 40 miles

16 October, 9.00am:  Bampton – 51 miles

Provisional destinations below
20 November, 9.30am:  Farnborough – 40-45 miles
18 December, 9.30am:  Wallingford – 30-35 miles
Email: if you are interested in joining these ladies only rides.

There are lots of other cycling activities you can get involved in with the club, including:

  • General club runs (Sunday mornings, year-round) – including the slightly shorter/flatter ‘Come and Try It‘ rides.
    Just ask if you’d like to be put in touch with other women who join these regularly.
  • Time trials (Thursday evenings during the Summer)
  • Turbo training (Thursday evenings during the Winter)

Previous routes:
Newbridge – 47 miles
Stadhampton – 32 miles
Wallingford – 39 miles
Witney – 52 miles
100km ladies ride
Aston – 48 miles
Benson – 48.5 miles
Lambourn – 44 miles
Wallingford/Ipsden – 41 miles
Goring – 35 miles
Stadhampton – 32.5 miles
Sonning Common – 40 miles
Drayton St. Leonard – 21 miles
Woodcote/Nettlebed – 48 miles
Waterperry – 43.5 miles
Lambourn – 41 miles
Wallingford/Ipsden – 32 miles
Streatley/Goring – 31 miles
Stadhampton – 27.5 miles
Oxford – 45 miles
Court Hill – 35 miles

Links to some ladies cycling & clothing websites:
The Women’s Tour  |  Women’s Cycling  |  The Pink Jersey
Total Women’s Cycling  |  British Cycling Breeze Rides  |  VeloVixen

Photos of some of our Didcot Phoenix Ladies:

Ben Owen Ladies TT 2015 – Clare, Vicky, Helen, and Sarah
Beth, Vicky, Zoe, Helen and Clare – winning Ladies Ben Owen 10TT team 2014
DPCC Ladies ride
DPCC Ladies ride
Cafe stop @ Rides on Air

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