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 Cycling UK 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.

July 2017

SATURDAY 1 July. 9.30 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 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 around the lanes at 10.00. The 1 July cafe ride will take us out through the Vale and will be undulating and we will be taking it an an easy pace. The cafe stop is approx 2/3rds of the way round at Dyffryn Gardens (NT), so please bring snacks and drinks for two mid-ride short refreshments stops. Total ride distance is approx 30 miles starting from Pedal Power and returning to Pedal Power. We’ll be back in Cardiff approximately by 3.00 p.m. For more details contact ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret@ntlworld.com.

SATURDAY 15 July 9.30am PPO for a 9.45am start.  A ride to Tredegar House for some of the best scones!  Heading out from Cardiff up the Taff Trail and then to Caerphilly, Draethen, Bedwas and Newport. Stopping in Tredegar House for refreshments and heading back to Cardiff along the reens.  We’ll be cycling at a friendly pace, it’s hillier on the way out than the way back.  Approx 30 miles at a relatively easy pace.

THURSDAY 20 to TUESDAY 25 July. CTC Cymru Welsh Festival of Cycling 2017, based at Ruthin Rugby Club. This is CTC Cymru’s annual cycle festival. Four days (Friday to Monday) of rides, with a variety of distances and paces every day, in some of Wales’s most stunning countryside. Registration £15.00 per person, required in advance. Further details, including contact information, can be found here.

SATURDAY 22 July. 9.30 a.m. PPO for a 10.00 a.m. departure. A ride over Senghennydd to Treharris via Nelson. Returning probably via Pandy Lane and Caerphilly. A moderate ride at an easy pace, approximately 45 miles and a couple of toughish climbs. Anticipate a full day-out and not being back in Cardiff until 4.00 p.m. Please bring snacks and drinks for between-cafe stops. For more details contact ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret@ntlworld.com.

August 2017

SATURDAY 5 August. 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’ 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. Today’s ride will be to the beach. We’ll make our way to Barry Island via Dinas Powys, North Barry (on the new cycle-way on the A4050) and The Knapp. We’ll stop for refreshments at a cafe on the esplanade on Barry Island before returning via Barry Docks, Sully and Swanbridge. Approx 30 miles, at a gentle/easy pace. A few undulations at the beginning and end of the ride. Bring snacks for mid-ride stops and ice cream money. We’ll be back in Cardiff approximately by 3.30-4.00 p.m. For more details contact ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret@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 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).