Weekend rides

Welcome to our programme of half-day and full-day Saturday and Sunday rides. We ride at a steady-to-leisurely pace and always keep together as a group. We normally take in a café or pub stop for elevenses and/or lunch. It is your responsibility to ensure that your bike is in good working order, and that you have a means of getting home in the event of a breakdown. Mileages are the estimated total for the ride. Our rides are graded easy, moderate and strenuous. A guide to these terms, and a list of recommended kit items can be found at the foot of the page. Membership of the CTC or other organisation that provides third party liability insurance is recommended. Please note: you ride at your own risk. Sounds unfriendly but we have to say it. We look forward to seeing you.

Meeting points
CCR Cardiff Central railway station, Cardiff, CF10 1RH.
FLC Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, Newport, NP10 9GN.
LAT Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais, CF15 7JP.

LLR Llanishen railway station, Cardiff, CF14 5UW.
NMW National Museum of Wales, corner of Museum Avenue and Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3NP.
PPO Pedal Power, Pontcanna Office, Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, CF11 9JJ.
RPL Roath Park Library, Cardiff, CF11 9JJ.

May 2015

SATURDAY 2 May. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Coffee, cake and an optional easy bike ride. If you’d like to find out more about Cardiff and SE Wales CTC, come and say hello at Pedal Power Cafe, CF11 9JJ. We’ll be in the cafe from 9.30 and will head off on an optional ride around the lanes at 10.30. The ride will be about 25 to 30 miles and be at an easy pace so that we can ride together. For more details contact ride leader Gwenda gwendao65@gmail.com.

SUNDAY 10 May. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Moderate 50 mile ride north to Parc Cwm Darran. A very gradual climb in the morning on lane and cycle path via Bargoed, returning over Gelligaer Common with one of the most prolonged and exhilarating descents in South Wales. Café stops at Cwm Darran and Caerphilly but bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 17 May. 09.00 a.m. NMW. Strenuous 85 miles roughly following the Velothon Route through Newport, Magor, Caerleon, Usk, Blaenafon, Pontypool and Caerphilly taking in both big climbs, Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain. This is close to the official velothon route but includes more minor roads and cycle paths. We shall make a couple of refreshment stops but you should bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Martin, martin.watson@talktalk.net.

SUNDAY 24 May. A joint social ride with Abergavenny Cycle Group to The Clytha Arms ale and cider festival. Abergavenny Cycle Group will lead the ride from Abergavenny to Clytha, probably taking a roundabout route via the hills to the east of Abergavenny. Two ride options from Cardiff and Newport, below. We’ll meet for lunch at the Clytha Arms, where there’s an ale and cider festival taking place. Pub lunch or bring a picnic. Then heading across to the Coed y Bwnydd iron age hill fort to see the bluebells in full bloom. And if the weather’s good a swim in the Usk on the way home. Easy-to-moderate rides with some climbs, but distance varied depending on train options. Ride options from Cardiff and Newport:
1. From Cardiff: Meet 9.00 a.m. NMW, ride leader Gwenda gwendao65@gmail.com. Cycle to Newport to meet Jack Thurston, who will then lead from Newport. Easy-to-moderate pace, estimated total distance 60-65 miles.
2. From Newport: Meet at 10.30 a.m. main entrance to Newport station, ride leader Jack Thurston, Abergavenny Cycle Group. Distance: 30-35 miles total, depending on the route. Easy pace, minor roads, walking on the steepest hills if required.

SATURDAY 30 May. 7.00 a.m. PPO. Early morning moderate 40 mile ride through the Vale of Glamorgan, calling in for breakfast at the Beach Cafe, Llantwit Major. Back in Cardiff by 11.30 a.m. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

June 2015

SATURDAY 6 June. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Coffee, cake and an optional easy bike ride. If you’d like to find out more about Cardiff and SE Wales CTC, come and say hello at Pedal Power Cafe, CF11 9JJ. We’ll be in the cafe from 9.30 and will head off on an optional ride around the lanes at 10.30. The ride will be about 25 to 30 miles and be at an easy pace so that we can ride together. For more details contact ride leader Clive on 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 7 June. 09.00 a.m. NMW. Strenuous 85 miles roughly following the Velothon Route through Newport, Magor, Caerleon, Usk, Blaenafon, Pontypool and Caerphilly taking in both big climbs, Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain. This is close to the official velothon route but includes more minor roads and cycle paths. We shall make a couple of refreshment stops but you should bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Martin, martin.watson@talktalk.net.

Additional June rides to be posted soon.

SUNDAY 28 June. 9.00 a.m. at PPO, then 10.15 a.m. at FLC, leaving Fourteen Locks after a cuppa around 10.30 a.m. Strenuous 65 mile ride to Shirenewton for a pub lunch (bar meal) at The Tredegar Arms or bring sandwiches. The pub lunch is to fortify us for the hills through the Wentwood. Steep climbs morning and afternoon. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

July 2015

SATURDAY 4 July. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Coffee, cake and an optional easy bike ride. If you’d like to find out more about Cardiff and SE Wales CTC, come and say hello at Pedal Power Cafe, CF11 9JJ. We’ll be in the cafe from 9.30 and will head off on an optional ride around the lanes at 10.30. The ride will be about 25 to 30 miles and be at an easy pace so that we can ride together. For more details contact ride leader Pete on 07913 062 930.

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Ride guide

Easy: ideal for beginners; a gentle pace with lots of stops. This being Wales, there might be the odd hill or two, but we take our time, walk up if we have to, and regroup at the top.

Moderate: ideal for confident beginners, and regular riders; a steady (but not a fast) pace; a fair amount of up-and-down but no overly demanding climbs.

Strenuous: suitable only for confident or regular riders; a steady-to-brisk pace, but still not fast; lots of up-and-down and some long, challenging climbs.

Recommended items to pack in your day bag: Multitool, including allen keys and tyre levers | Two spare inner tubes | Puncture repair kit | Lightweight rain jacket | Spare jersey | Wet wipes | Two/three pieces of your favourite energy food | Water, approximately 1 litre | ID incl. blood group and next of kin details | Lights (in winter).

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Cardiff CTC seeks to dovetail its weekend ride programme with those offered by Spokes Cycle Touring Club, a UK-wide club with a concentration of members in Cardiff. Full details of Spokes’ programme of day rides can be found here.