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, moderateand 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.
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.
SATURDAY 4 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’ 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 leaders Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret[at]ntlworld.com, and Sheila, s.johnson543[at]ntlworld.com.
SATURDAY 11 August. 9.30 a.m. PPO for coffee and cake, and setting off at 10.00 a.m. for an easy 45 mile ride. One of the best circuits that south Wales has to offer. First tea stop Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, just north of Newport. Then heading north along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal path (Sustrans route 465) to Crosskeys, from where we head for Sirhowy Country Park (Sustrans route 47), up to Ystrad Mynach, then back down Pandy Lane, stopping for tea at Glanmor’s, Caerphilly. Back along the Taff Trail, arriving in Cardiff around 3.00—4.00 p.m. A couple of short, stiff climbs on route, but generally the terrain is flat or undulating gently. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com.
SATURDAY 1 September. 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 Clive, tel. 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com.
More September rides to be announced.
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.
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).…