Great Rides - Bicester

Bicester is a great home base for country riding — with a bright biking future ahead.

Some people are surprised to learn that there’s a real market town — with a thousand-year history and a cute centre — that’s associated with the world-class designer shopping mecca of Bicester Village.

That’s not to say that cycling in Bicester itself is easy: traffic, and growing pains, make commuting tricky. But there’s an ambitious ten-year plan in the works to reallocate road space to cyclists and double sustainable transport. And once you escape Bicester’s fringes on a road bike, you’ll be rewarded with peaceful scenery (emerald-green fields, honey-colored stone buildings), lumpy climbs to the west and rolling roads to the east.

Rushmere Country Park has both cross-country and downhill MTB trials, with sandy soil for year-round sessions. Hit the Ridge Riders Cross Country Trail for 6km of rollable jumps and nice berms. Jonesing for more? Shotover Country Park has a few decent features, too.

You can piece together mixed paved-and-gravel routes between Bicester and Oxford, or head for beech woods and open meadows of the chalky Chiltern Hills (where the Chilterns Gravel X and the Chilterns Wildwood Gravelcross rides take place every year). If you crave an organized event, Bike Oxford Sportive is a big one, with 25-, 50-, and 75-mile routes — and medals for everyone at the end.

Swinley Forest

Distance: 16 mi
Swinley Bike Hub The Look Out Discovery Centre Nine Mile Ride Bracknell Berkshire RG12 7QW

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Aston Hill

Distance: 5 mi
Aston Hill, Halton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NQ

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Woburn Bike Trails

Distance: 15 mi
Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8TS

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Rushmere Woods Trails

Distance: 5 mi
Linslade Rd, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0EB

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Bicester Heyford Park

Distance: 18.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 161 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester to Oxford

Distance: 33.6 mi
Elevation: +/- 267 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester to Chipping Norton Loop

Distance: 48.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 673 m

Cherwell, England

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Buckingham - Stowe - Brackley

Distance: 53 mi
Elevation: +/- 612 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester to Witney

Distance: 47.3 mi
Elevation: +/- 621 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester 6 hill

Distance: 31.7 mi
Elevation: +/- 605 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester East Ride

Distance: 23.6 mi
Elevation: +/- 183 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester Countryside Pub Route

Distance: 33.8 mi
Elevation: +/- 390 m

Cherwell, England

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Otmoor Grovelli

Distance: 30.5 mi
Elevation: +/- 164 m

Cherwell, England

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Tusmore Gravel

Distance: 29.1 mi
Elevation: +/- 234 m

Cherwell, England

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Wonderful Woodstock

Distance: 29 mi
Elevation: +/- 278 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester Park Ride East

Distance: 4.6 mi
Elevation: +/- 23 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester Park Ride North

Distance: 5.5 mi
Elevation: +/- 35 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester Pingle Lake Ride

Distance: 3.1 mi
Elevation: +/- 18 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester Lakes Ride

Distance: 5.4 mi
Elevation: +/- 27 m

Cherwell, England

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Bicester short ride

Distance: 4.9 mi
Elevation: +/- 37 m

Cherwell, England

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