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.

April 2017

SATURDAY 1 April. 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 the Pedal Power Café, off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, 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. We’ll be back in Cardiff approximately by 3.00 p.m. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345.

SATURDAY 8 April. Meet 9.00 a.m. PPO for coffee, 9.20 a.m. ride briefing, 9.30 a.m. departure. We’ll head up the Taff and Cynon trails to Mountain Ash, then to Llanwonno, Ferndale, Porth and Pontypridd, returning via Treforest and Gwaelod y Garth. Lunch stop at the half-way point at Llanwonno — the Brynffynon. 45 miles, easy-paced with some climbing. Estimated return to Cardiff between 4.00 and 5.00 p.m.  Please bring emergency sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret@ntlworld.com.

SATURDAY 29 April. Meet 9.30 a.m. PPO for coffee, 9.50 a.m. ride-briefing, 10.00 a.m. departure. 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. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

May 2017

SATURDAY 6 May. 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 the Pedal Power Café, off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, 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. We’ll be back in Cardiff approximately by 3.00 p.m. For more details contact ride leader Pete on 07913 062 930.

More May rides to follow.

June 2017

SATURDAY 3 June. 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 the Pedal Power Café, off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, 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. We’ll be back in Cardiff approximately by 3.00 p.m. For more details contact ride leader Sheila on 07736 393 583.

More June rides to follow.

July 2017

SATURDAY 1 July. 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 the Pedal Power Café, off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, 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. We’ll be back in Cardiff approximately by 3.00 p.m. Ride leader to be confirmed.

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.

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).