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.

July 2016

SATURDAY 2 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 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 Gwenda 07875 333 234.

SATURDAY 23 July. Meet 9.30 a.m. for a 10.00 a.m. start, PPO. An easy-paced 52 mile ride, taking the Taff Trail to Caerphilly, Pandy Lane, Bargoed and up to Gelligaer Common. A tea stop at Parc Cwn Darren (but bring back-up supplies for en route), and return via Pandy Lane, Caerphilly etc. Back in Cardiff between 4.00 and 6.00 p.m. depending upon the speed of the ride. For more details contact ride leader Margaret, msmargaret@ntlworld.com, tel. 029 2025 1483.

SUNDAY 31 July. 9.30 a.m. PPO. Tour de Vale. A strenuous 60 mile clockwise ride round the Vale Of Glamorgan with potential café stops in Llantwit Major, Ewenny, Tyla Garw. Ride leader Martin, mdwcycle@gmail.com.

August 2016

SATURDAY 6 August. 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 Gwenda 07875 333 234.

SUNDAY 7 August. 9.00am. NMW. A moderate-to-strenuous 30 mile ride north ‘up and across the valleys’. Café stop included. Ride leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

SUNDAY 14 August. 9.00 a.m. PPO. A strenuous 85-90 mile trip north to Talybont on Usk via Tredegar, returning through Merthyr with a combination of Taff Trail and old main road back to Cardiff. Café or pub stop in Talybont on Usk. Ride leader Martin, mdwcycle@gmail.com.

SUNDAY 21 August. 9.00am. PPO. A moderate 30 mile ride into the Vale of Glamorgan. Café stop included. Ride leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

September 2016

SATURDAY 3 September. 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 Margaret, msmargaret@ntlworld.com, tel. 029 2025 1483.

SATURDAY 10 September. 7.00 a.m. PPO. Early morning moderate 50 mile breakfast ride through the Vale of Glamorgan, calling in for breakfast at the Beach Café, Llantwit Major. Back in Cardiff by 1.00 p.m. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 25 September. 9.00am. NMW. A moderate 30 mile ride east, north-east towards Newport and Machen. Café stop included. Ride leader Steve, stevebarrack137@hotmail.com.

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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.