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.

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 2016

SATURDAY 3 December. 10.00 a.m. PPO. Coffee, cake and an optional easy bike ride. If you’d like to find out more about Cardiff CTC, come and say hello at Pedal Power Café, CF11 9JJ. We’ll be in the café from 10.00 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 Clive, 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 11 December. 9.00 a.m. LAT. A moderate-to-strenuous 30 mile ride north to Nelson and back to Pontypridd, calling in at Costa Coffee for a cuppa. Aim to be back in Cardiff by 1.00 p.m. Contact ride leader Andrew ajohnsonaudax1400@gmail.com or 07931 519 666.

SATURDAY 17 December. 10.00 a.m. PPO. Meet at 10.00 for coffee and cake at Pedal Power Café, setting off at 10.30 for a 35-40 mile moderate ride to Llantrisant where we’ll stop for a light café lunch. Return ride through Llantrisant Forest, Llanharry and Ystradowen. Back in Cardiff by 4.30 p.m. Bring lights, and back-up packed lunch. Ride leader Clive, 07910 820 345.

January 2017

SATURDAY 7 January. 10.00 a.m. PPO. Coffee, cake and an optional easy bike ride. If you’d like to find out more about Cardiff CTC, come and say hello at Pedal Power Café, CF11 9JJ. We’ll be in the café from 10.00 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. Ride leader to be announced.

SATURDAY 21 January. 10.00 a.m. PPO. Ride Leader Training Ride. New year, new resolution: lead a cycle ride. We are always on the look out for members to lead rides. This ride will introduce you to key points in Cycling UK’s Ride Leader Handbook (click on the link to open and download), offer ideas on what makes a good ride, and be a trial run of part of a route. In Pedal Power Café, over tea or coffee, we’ll spend the first hour or so going through the Ride Leader Handbook and planning one or more rides, and then we’ll set off to cycle part of one of the routes. Bring pen, paper (or your preferred note-making media), packed lunch and lights. We’ll be back in Cardiff by 4.00 p.m. For more details contact ride leader Clive, 07910 820 345.

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.