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.

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 7 December. 9.30 a.m. PPO. A strenuous 45 mile ride northwest over Mynydd-y-Gaer north of Brynna with a café stop in Blackmill. Leader Martin, martin.watson@talktalk.net.

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, maybe?). Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 21 December. 9.00 a.m. RPL. Moderate 60 mile solstice special, northeast through Caerleon to Usk (and possibly Raglan) with a café stop in Usk. Don’t forget your lights – it is the shortest day. Leader Martin, martin.watson@talktalk.net.

January 2015

SATURDAY 10 January. 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 Pete on 07913 062 930 or at pete.kerry5050@virgin.net.

SUNDAY 11 January. 9.30 a.m. PPO. A moderate 50 mile tour of the Vale of Glamorgan, calling at Dinas Powys, Llantwit Major, Wick, and City, returning via Peterston Super Ely. There will be a café stop in Llantwit Major and a possible pub stop in Penllyn. Leader Martin,  martin.watson@talktalk.net.

More January 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.