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.
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.

March 2014

SATURDAY 1 March. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Coffee, cake and an optional 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 a ride (optional) 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 on 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 9 March. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Easy. Morning ride to Cowbridge for coffee, 30 miles. Contact Clive 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 16 March. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate. Morning ride, 30 miles approx. west into Vale Of Glamorgan, plus café stop! Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SATURDAY 22 March. 10.00 a.m. LCC, Cowbridge, for a 10.30 a.m. departure. Strenuous. Day ride, 40 miles to The Old House Inn, Llangynwyd, near Maesteg, for a pub lunch, but bring packed lunch as back-up. Some hills but stunning views and great lanes. Clive 07910 820 345.

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

April 2014

SATURDAY 5 April. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Coffee, cake and an optional 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 a ride (optional) 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 13 April. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate. Morning ride, 30 miles approx. east through lanes between Cardiff and Newport, plus café stop! Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SATURDAY 19 April. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Moderate. Day ride, 55 miles north to Cwm Darran (SO113034), north of Bargoed, returning via Caerphilly (tea stop). Some great views, great descents, one major climb with some additional climbing so gradual you won’t even notice. Bring packed lunch. Contact Clive 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 27 April. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Moderate. Morning ride, 30 miles approx. west into Vale Of Glamorgan, plus café stop! Leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

 

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:

Cycle Cardiff, a Cardiff-based group promoting the enjoyment of cycling and offering Sunday rides. The group’s website is here.

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