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.
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.
SATURDAY 3 February. 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. For more details contact ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret[at]ntlworld.com.
SATURDAY 17 February. 9.30 a.m. PPO for coffee, cake, heading off at 10.00 a.m. for an easy bike ride of 30-35 miles to the Fourteen Locks Café north of Bassaleg. The ride will be at an easy pace but there will be a couple of steep climbs. No rush. We’ll just take it nice and easy. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.30 p.m. approximately. Any queries, contact ride leader Clive on 07910 820 345. This is a rescheduling of the ride that was listed for 20 January, as the ride on that day was aborted due to bad weather.
SATURDAY 3 March. 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. For more details contact ride leader Peter, tel. 07913 062 930, pete.wilc[at]gmail.com.
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).…