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.

April 2016

SATURDAY 2 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 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 Pete on 07913 062 930.

SUNDAY 10 April. 9.30 a.m. PPO. 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 Cwm Darran and Caerphilly but bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Clive 07910 820 345.

SUNDAY 24 April. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Strenuous 85 miles closely following the Velothon route but including more minor roads and cycle paths, passing through Newport, Magor, Caerleon, Usk, Blaenafon, Pontypool and Caerphilly taking in both big climbs, Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain. We shall make a couple of refreshment stops but you should bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Martin, mdwcycle@gmail.com.

May 2016

SATURDAY 7 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 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.

SUNDAY 15 May. 9.00 a.m. NMW. Strenuous 85 miles closely following the Velothon route but including more minor roads and cycle paths, passing through Newport, Magor, Caerleon, Usk, Blaenafon, Pontypool and Caerphilly taking in both big climbs, Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain. We shall make a couple of refreshment stops but you should bring a packed lunch as back-up. Leader Martin, mdwcycle@gmail.com.

SATURDAY 28 May. 10.00 a.m. PPO. An easy-paced 48 mile ride out via Dinas Powys and through the ‘top’ of Barry to Porthkerry Park, Penmark, Llancarvan, towards St Hilary, Llantwit Major, Llanmaes, around airfield, St Athan, Rhoose, and return through Porthkerry Park, Barry (Barry Island if time) and return via Barry docks, Sully and Penarth. Bring sandwiches and drinks. There are a couple of cafés but not necessarily in the right places at the right times. 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.

June 2016

SATURDAY 4 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 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 to be confirmed.

SATURDAY 18 June. 9.00 a.m. CCR to catch the 09.16 train to Rhymney (calls at Heath High Level, Llanishen, etc.), arrive 10.18, for a moderate 65-70 mile ride to Talgarth. There will be a couple of strenuous climbs and a short section of rough-stuff, with a little bit of walking (but the route is worth it); touring bikes will be fine for the ride. Lunch at Talgarth Mill but bring packed lunch as back-up, and afternoon tea at the Parc Bryn Bach Visitor Centre. Cycling back to Cardiff on the mostly-downhill Rhymney Valley cycle path, but there is the option of a return by train from Rhymney at 16.27 or 17.27, which will bring mileage down to 45-50. Back in Cardiff by 6.30 – 7.00 p.m. Ride leader Clive 07910 820 345.

More June rides to follow.

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 to be confirmed.

SATURDAY 23 July. 10.00 a.m. 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.

More July rides to follow.

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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.