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
CCA Café Castan, Llandaff Fields, Pontcanna, CF11 9QJ.
CCR Cardiff Central railway station, Cardiff, CF10 1RH.
FLC Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, Newport, NP10 9GN.
LAT Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais, CF15 7JP.
PPO Pedal Power Café, off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, CF11 9JJ..
PTR Plan to Ride Café, Tongwynlais, CF15 7LG.

April 2019

SATURDAY 6 April. 10.00 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 10.00 and will head off on an optional ride at 10.30 a.m. This will be an easy paced ride of approximately 30 miles to Tredegar House, via Caerphilly, Draethon and Basseleg, stopping at Tredegar House for lunch, and heading back to Cardiff via the Reens. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.30 p.m. approximately. Ride leader Sheila, tel. 07736 393 583, s.johnson543[at]ntlworld.com

SATURDAY 13 April. Car- or train-assisted moderate 50 mile ride from Abergavenny to Hay-on-Wye, heading out along the Monnow Valley through Craswall, and returning over the Gospel Pass. Two strenuous climbs, fantastic descents, and sublime views, as well as what is arguably the best lane in SE Wales. Meet 10.15 a.m. at the Oasis Snack Bar, Abergavenny, NP7 5LH, for a cup of tea and a 10.30 a.m. departure. We’ll visit a café or pub in Hay for lunch, but bring a packed lunch as back-up. The Globe, where we had planned to have lunch, is booked for a wedding. Train: 08:50 Cardiff Central arrives 09:29 Abergavenny, or 09:21 Cardiff Central arrives 10:01 Abergavenny. Aim to be back in Abergavenny to get the 17:01 return train, arrives Cardiff Central 17:53. For train travel, booking of a cycle reservation is recommended. Contact Clive by Wednesday 10 April to arrange or to offer car travel, or for more details, on 07910 820 345 or at clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com

May 2019

SATURDAY 4 May. 10.00 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 10.00 and will head off on an optional ride at 10.30 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 3.30 p.m. approximately. Ride leader to be confirmed.

Further May rides to be posted soon.

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).