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.

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.

TUESDAY 9 May. 9.00 a.m. PPO for ride-briefing, 9.10 a.m. departure (café not open at this time). A 60 mile-ride at an easy pace with some stiff-ish climbs, a short section of very rough-stuff, otherwise undulating with about 1,000 m of climbing. Cycling via Miskin and Pontyclun, Thomastown and Blackmill  (NCN route 4) to Tondu, with the lunch stop at Parc-Slip Café. Returning via Bridgend through the Vale, Llancarvan and Wenvoe, arriving back in Cardiff between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m. There’s an option to get a train back from Bridgend for anyone who needs to get back to Cardiff earlier. Bring plenty of emergency sandwiches, snacks and drinks. There may be a coffee stop in Talbot Green area, otherwise main stop will be at Tondu. Ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret@ntlworld.com.

SATURDAY 27 May. 9.00 a.m. PPO for ride-briefing, 9.10 a.m. departure (café not open at this time). A 56 mile-ride at an easy pace with a fair amount of canal path, some stiff-ish climbs, otherwise undulating with about 600 m of climbing. Cycling via Bassaleg, Rogerstone and Cwmbran to Pontypool, then across the hills around Llandegfedd Reservoir with a stop at the Visitor Centre. Returning via Cwmbran and Newport, with a final stop at Tredegar House café, and to Cardiff via the Reens. Back in Cardiff between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m. There’s an option to get a train back from Newport (or before if necessary) for anyone who needs to get back to Cardiff earlier. Bring plenty of emergency sandwiches, snacks and drinks. There may be a coffee stop at Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and depending upon time, and lunch may be on the canal before our main stop at Llandegfedd Visitor Centre. Ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret@ntlworld.com.

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).