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.

June 2014

SATURDAY 7 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 mile and be at an easy pace so that we can ride together.  Any questions please get in touch with Clive, 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 8 June. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Strenuous day ride, 65 miles approx. north ‘up & across valleys’ to Llangynidr. Plan is to stop for a pub lunch, but bring packed lunch as back-up. There will be about 1 mile on un-metalled road (downhill!). Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 22 June. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate morning ride, 30 miles approx. east in lanes between Cardiff & Newport, plus café stop. Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 29 June. Watch the National Road Race Championships from Caerleon/Catsash. Meet Roath Park Community Centre/Library (Ninian Rd/Pen-Y-Lan Rd junction) 09.45 a.m. for prompt 10.00 a.m. depart. A 40-45 mile ride through quiet lanes east, calling at a cafe and/or pub for lunch, stopping to watch the Men’s Road Race at Catsash (1330hrs) before returning through lanes. Waterproofs, extra layers, and sun lotion advisable. Details modified 27 June. Apologies for short notice. Leader; Martin. 07742 514127.

July 2014

SATURDAY 5 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 mile and be at an easy pace so that we can ride together.  Any questions please get in touch with Gwenda, 07875 333 234, gwendaowen@hotmail.co.uk.

SUNDAY 6 July. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate morning ride, 30 miles approx. west into Vale Of Glamorgan, plus café stop. Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 20 July. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate morning ride, 30 miles approx. north ‘up & across the valleys’, plus café stop. Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

FRIDAY 25 to MONDAY 28 July. CTC Cymru Welsh Festival of Cycling, Llandovery. Four days of rides for all abilities – easy, moderate and strenuous – in stunning countryside. Camping or B&B accommodation. Registration required. For more details, visit the CTC Cymru website or call Clive on 07910 820 345.

August 2014

SATURDAY 2 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 mile and be at an easy pace so that we can ride together.  Any questions please get in touch with Clive, 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 10 August. 9.00 a.m. NMWStrenuous day ride, 65 miles approx. “Magical Mystery Tour” into Vale of Glamorgan. I bet I can find some lanes you haven’t explored before – come along & find out! Plan to stop at a café or pub but you may wish to bring a packed lunch as an alternative or back-up. Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 31 August. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Strenuous day ride, 60 miles north into the Beacons, via Porth, over Mynydd Beili-glas, Penderyn, and Garwnant Forest Centre, returning by train from Merthyr Tydfil. Some rough-stuff on forest track and cyclepath, ridable on a touring bike but a mountain bike is recommended if you don’t like too many bumps. Café stops, but bring packed lunch also. Leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345. Joint ride with Spokes CTC.

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.

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Archive

If you would like to see the weekend rides we have done in previous months, you can download former runs lists as PDF documents here:

Cardiff CTC Weekend rides archive Apr – Jul 2012

Cardiff CTC Weekend rides archive Aug – Oct 2012

Cardiff CTC Weekend rides archive Nov 2012 – Mar 2013