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.

February 2015

SATURDAY 7 February. 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 Clive on 07910 820 345. 

SUNDAY 8 February. 9.00 a.m. PPO. Moderate morning ride, 30 miles approx. west into Vale of Glamorgan plus café stop. Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 22 February. 9.00 a.m. RPL. Strenuous day ride, 70 miles approx. east into Vale of Usk and Eastern Valley. One BIG climb (Llanfoist–Blaenavon). Some of the route is on cycle/tow path (road bike-friendly). We shall make a couple of refreshment stops but you should bring a packed lunch as back-up. Remember to bring your lights! Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SATURDAY 28 February. 1.00 p.m. PPO. Easy 20 mile ride into the Vale of Glamorgan for tea and cake at Dyffryn Gardens Tea Room, St Nicholas. Back by 5.00 p.m. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

March 2015

SUNDAY 1 March. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate morning ride, 30 miles approx. north and up across the valleys, with café stop. Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SATURDAY 7 March. 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 Sheila on 07736 393 583.

SUNDAY 22 March. 9.30 a.m. PPO. A moderate 40 mile ride east to the Fourteen Locks café for tea, then turning west along the Brecon canal, through Sirhowy Country Park. Café or pub stop at Ystrad Mynach, then back via Bedwas and Taff Trail. A couple of steep climbs between Cardiff and the Fourteen Locks, but it’s mainly flat canal and cycle path after that. Suitable for touring bikes. Bring packed lunch as back-up. Leader Clive, 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 29 March. 10.00 a.m. LAT. A moderate 30 mile ride to the Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod, for morning coffee, using cycle paths for most of the ride. A joint ride with Spokes CTC. Leader Ivor, malivo@aol.com.

April 2015

SATURDAY 4 April. 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.