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.   Come and ride with us a couple of times and if you want to continue we ask that you join Cycling UK . 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.

April 2018

SATURDAY 7 April. 9.30 a.m. PPO for coffee, cake and an optional easy bike ride. If you’d like to find out more about Cardiff CTC, come and say ‘Hello’ over a cup of tea or coffee at the Pedal Power Café, off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, CF11 9JJ. We’ll be in the café from 9.30 and will head off on an optional ride at 10.00 a.m. This will be an easy paced ride of approximately 30 miles, with a café stop roughly halfway round. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.00 p.m. approximately. Ride leader David, tel. 07464 950 288, dai.derailleur[at]gmail.com.

SUNDAY 22 April. Meet 9.30 a.m. PPO for coffee and cake. 10.00 a.m. departure, on a moderate 50 mile ride north to Parc Cwm Darran. A very gradual climb in the morning on lane and cycle path via Bargoed, returning over Gelligaer Common with one of the most prolonged and exhilarating descents in South Wales. Café stops at Parc Cwm Darran and Caerphilly but bring a packed lunch as back-up. Estimated return to Cardiff between 4.00 and 5.00 p.m. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com. This ride was originally scheduled for Saturday 21 April but has had to be moved to Sunday due to other commitments. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

May 2018

SATURDAY 5 May. Meet 9.30 a.m. PPO for coffee and cake. 10.00 a.m. departure, for a 30 mile easy ride to Cardiff Gate and Michaelston-y-Fedw, Machen and Caerphilly before returning home via the Taff Trail. The cafe stop will be in Caerphilly, either at The Rock Cafe or Glanmor’s Cafe. There is one very muddy down-hill section on Bridge Road through the new estate being built to the East of Cardiff Gate, we will take this section carefully. The cafe is about 3/4 of the way around the ride, so bring something for snacks along the way (or purchase flapjacks and the new yummy energy balls (vegan) from Pedal Power before we start out). Ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret[at]ntlworld.com.

SATURDAY 19 May. 9.00 a.m. CCR to catch the 09.16 train to Rhymney (calls at Heath High Level 09.25, Llanishen 09.28, etc.), arrive 10.18, for a moderate 65-70 mile ride to Talgarth. There will be a couple of strenuous climbs and a short section of rough-stuff, with some walking: ten minutes outward, fifteen minutes return; steep and stony in places, but the route is worth it (although there is a road option on the way back). Touring bikes will be fine for the ride. Lunch at Talgarth Mill but bring packed lunch as back-up, and afternoon tea at the Parc Bryn Bach Visitor Centre. Cycling back to Cardiff on the mostly-downhill Rhymney Valley cycle path, but there is the option of a return by train from Rhymney at 16.27 or 17.27, which will bring mileage down to 45-50. Back in Cardiff by 6.30 – 7.00 p.m. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com.

Rides with Spokes CTC

Cardiff CTC seeks to dovetail its weekend rides programme with the one offered by Spokes Cycle Touring Club, a UK-wide club with a concentration of members in Cardiff. The club is also part of Cycling UK. Full details of Spokes’ programme of day rides can be found here.

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Ride guide

Easy: ideal for the rider who may be fairly new to cycling in a group, has ridden a good number of times by themselves, has a reasonable level of fitness and would like to try and extend their riding by joining a group ride.  We will take a fairly gentle pace.  This being Wales, there will inevitably be hills, but we take our time, walk up if we have to, and regroup at the top. Distance: 25-30 miles on rolling terrain with occasional stiffish hill, average speed: 8-10 mph.

Moderate: ideal for more regular riders; a steady (but not a fast) pace, around 10-12 mph; 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, 12-15 mph; possibly 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).