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South Oxfordshire

Established - 06/04/2013

  • Members 4
  • Availability

    Weekends

  • Group type Everyone
  • Avg. distance (miles) 22.9
  • Avg. duration (hours) 2:40
  • Bike types None

Farcycles is a community of like-minded people who enjoy cycling sociably on Saturday mornings. We cycle from Faringdon Market Place at 9 am every Saturday with a choice of routes varying from easy to moderately challenging. Description Farcycles provides a home for cyclists in the wider Faringdon area (see http://www.facebook.com/groups/farcycles/). It is a community, made up of people who like to cycle in a group but in a less formal way than the mainstream organisations and clubs. In other words, it is a bunch of like-minded bikers, both female and male, who join up for the companionship of riding together. Unlike the more formal organisations, we do not ask for subscriptions. This means that we do not carry insurance and we do expect individuals to make their own arrangements as they see fit. There is also no formal leader for individual rides although routes are circulated to a list of friends in advance. These are completely optional suggestions – the way the route-setter might go if he or she was on the ride - it is each person’s choice if he or she wants to follow the suggested route. The routes are devised to try to cater for a wide range of skills. What we have found in the past is that many people are intimidated by the idea of participating but very quickly realise that they are capable of a lot more than they thought they were. For this reason we try to encourage budding cyclists to participate in entry level rides if they are in any doubt as to whether they can tackle the longer distances. Most cyclists soon decide they want to go further and the longer routes are the most popular. Because none of the rides is formally led, individuals are encouraged to look out for each other. To date, this has been Farcycles’ strength. However, our laissez faire approach does not, in any way, mean that any cyclist should behave with anything other than respect for other road users and for each others’ safety. All cyclists are recommended to look at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069837 for guidelines on how to use the road, singly or in a group. All current rides start from Faringdon’s Market Place on Saturday mornings. We generally go out on every week of the year, irrespective of the weather. This is made possible because our list of friends runs to about 150 households of whom 20-30 people turn out on any particular Saturday. The core rides all start promptly at 9 am. These are: • A short ride of 10-12 miles which usually stops for tea along the way • An intermediate ride of 20-25 miles • A longer ride of 35-45 miles that often follows the same route as the intermediate ride, with some extensions. These keen beans usually average 13-15 mph. In addition, we will arrange occasional Sunday rides, starting a bit later. Please email by Friday if you are interested in one of these. Because we don’t ask anybody to commit to pitching up on any particular day, we cannot guarantee that any particular ride will be well supported in a specific week. For this reason, people who are keen to go for the two shorter rides are encouraged to use this Facebook group to communicate with each other to ensure they have companions for any given ride. We BCC the weekly email list to avoid it being picked up and used for spam. Occasionally we also organise special events ranging from the mildly competitive to the very laid back, such as pub rides. Have a look at Facebook for pictures (and, by all means, load your own). Oh, and in good weather we may also go for a bit of off-roading on Wednesday evenings. Finally, the Farcycles came together to promote cycling in our area because it is fun and it is healthy. It is also very sociable and many new friendships have formed from its existence. Everyone is welcome. Just pitch up when you feel like it. There is no commitment other than a smile and to look after your own wellbeing and that of your fellow travellers. Any questions, address them to this page or email farcycles@gmail.com

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Farcycle FollyFest HHH Saturday 3rd August 2013 3:00pm SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Red Ride Saturday 11th May 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Blue Ride Saturday 11th May 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles green Ride Saturday 11th May 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Green ride Saturday 4th May 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Green Ride Saturday 4th May 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Red Ride Saturday 4th May 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Green Ride Saturday 27th April 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Blue Ride Saturday 27th April 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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Farcycles Red Ride Saturday 27th April 2013 9:00am SN7 7HU 0 stars Full details

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