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.

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.

SUNDAY 12 July. 9.00 a.m. PPO. Over the hills and far away. Strenuous 85 miles. North through Caerphilly and Tredegar to Llangenidr, west to Talybont, south up a steep climb to Merthyr then back to Cardiff. We shall make a couple of refreshment stops but you should bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Martin, martin.watson@talktalk.net.

SATURDAY 18 July. 10.00 a.m. PPO. Moderate 45-50 mile ride east – Llanishen, Michaelston-y-Fedw, Bassaleg, and Caerleon – to Newport Wetlands Reserve for a packed lunch overlooking the Severn estuary. Drinks and snacks also available at the Reserve’s café. Possibly taking the Newport transporter bridge on the way back. Back in Cardiff by 5.00 p.m. Bring a packed lunch. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 19 July. 9.00 a.m. PPO. Strenuous 85 miles west to Porthcawl then Port Talbot before turning East up a cycle track to Croeserw then road up to the Bwlch. This is a long but not too steep climb with spectacular scenery. South to Bryncethin along cycle path then lanes back to Cardiff. We shall make a couple of refreshment stops but you should bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Martin, martin.watson@talktalk.net.

FRIDAY 23 to MONDAY 28 July. CTC Cymru Welsh Festival of Cycling 2015. Four days of rides on-road and off-road based at Llandovery. Easy, moderate and strenuous rides everyday. Click on the name above for further details.

August 2015

SATURDAY 1 August. 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.

SATURDAY 15 August. 7.00 a.m. PPO. Early morning moderate 45 mile breakfast ride through the Vale of Glamorgan, calling in for breakfast at the Beach Cafe, Llantwit Major. Back in Cardiff by 12.00 p.m. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

September 2015

SATURDAY 5 September. 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 20 September. Car- or train-assisted strenuous 50 mile ride from Abergavenny to Hay-on-Wye over Gospel Pass and back. Steep descents and climbs, and fantastic views, on what is arguably the best lane in SE Wales. Meet 10.15 a.m. at the Oasis Snack Bar, Abergavenny, NP7 5LH, for a cup of tea and a 10.30 a.m. departure. Lunch at The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, but bring packed lunch as back-up. Train: 09:18 Cardiff Central arrives 10:07 Abergavenny. Aim to get 18:06 return train from Abergavenny. Contact Clive by Wednesday 16 September to arrange or to offer car travel, or for more details, on 07910 820 345 or at clive.cazeaux@ntlworld.com.

More September rides to be posted soon.

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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.