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.

LCC Living Coffee, Verity’s Court, Cowbridge, CF71 7AJ.
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.

November 2014

SATURDAY 1 November. 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. Any questions please get in touch with Gwenda on 07875 333234 or gwendaowen@hotmail.co.uk.

SUNDAY 2 November. 9.00 a.m. RPL. Strenuous 60 mile-ride, destination to be decided on the day. Bring a packed lunch and lights. Leader Martin, 07742 514 127.

SATURDAY 15 November. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Easy (ish) Mountain Bike ride – approximately 25 miles – 9.30 am departure from Pedal Power.  We’ll head up the Taff Trail to Tongwynlais and the woods past Castell Coch.  Weather permitting we’ll head cross country to Cwm Carn where people can either ride their, get the train home, ride back or a combination of the above . Bring drinks and snacks although we will try and call in somewhere for refreshments.  Any questions please get in touch with Gwenda on 07875 333234 or gwendaowen@hotmail.co.uk.

SUNDAY 16 November. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate morning ride, 30 miles approx. east (Caerphilly/Cardiff/Newport triangle), plus café stop. Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 23 November. 9.00 a.m. PPO. Strenuous 60 mile-ride, destination to be decided on the day. Bring a packed lunch and lights. Leader Martin, 07742 514 127.

SUNDAY 30 November. 9.00 a.m. PPO. Bargoed Common loop. Moderate 55 mile day ride north via Caerphilly, Bargoed and Deri. Returning via Nelson and Hengoed viaduct.  Bring snacks and lunch in case we can’t find anywhere open. This ride is a steady climb up from Cardiff which means almost all down hill on the way back. The climbs aren’t steep. This ride may be varied if the weather is poor as it’s quite exposed but is well worth doing for the views if clear. Any questions please get in touch with Gwenda on 07875 333234 or gwendaowen@hotmail.co.uk.

December 2014

SATURDAY 6 December. 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. Any questions please get in touch with Gwenda on 07875 333234 or gwendaowen@hotmail.co.uk.

SUNDAY 14 December. 9.00 a.m. PPO. Moderate morning ride, 30 miles approx. west into Vale of Glamorgan plus café stop (Mmm, mince pies, may be!?). Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

More December rides to be added 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.