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.
C#1 Coffee #1, 211–17 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, CF11 9PP.
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.

Rides have resumed since 5 September 2020 but are limited to the county boundary of Cardiff, to adhere to the terms of the Cardiff local lockdown introduced on Sunday 27 September 2020.

The following measures will apply on all rides:

  1. Ride Leader to take a list of all cyclists on a club ride.
  2. Social distancing to be observed at all times.
  3. Take care when at café stops to socially distance from members of the public.
  4. Members are advised to bring their own food and hot drinks on the ride. Café options remain uncertain, so we should be prepared for a roadside picnic.
  5. All members should bring their own face mask and hand sanitiser on the ride.

Cycling UK corona guidance can be found here. Thanks to Spokes CTC for the above list.

October 2020

Rescheduled from 3 October due to bad weather:

SATURDAY 10 October. 10.00 a.m. PPO for a chat (bring some coffee and 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 (closed), off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, CF11 9JJ. Even though the café is closed, the surroundings are green, quiet and away from traffic, and so make a pleasant space for a socially-distanced chat. We’ll be outside 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 the possibility of a café stop roughly halfway round. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.30 p.m. approximately. Ride leader Pete, tel. 07913 062 930, pete.wilc[at]gmail.com

SATURDAY 17 October. 10.00 a.m. PPO for a 40 mile, moderate ride exploring the Cardiff boundary: west Cardiff, St Fagans, Creigiau, Pentyrch, Gwaleod, Tongwynlais, and maybe further depending on time. The ride is suitable for all bikes. Back at the start by 3.00 p.m. Ride leader Richard, richard.cook5[at]ntlworld.com

November 2020

SATURDAY 7 November. 10.00 a.m. PPO for a chat (bring some coffee and 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 (closed), off Dogo Street, Pontcanna, CF11 9JJ. Even though the café is closed, the surroundings are green, quiet and away from traffic, and so make a pleasant space for a socially-distanced chat. We’ll be outside 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 the possibility of a café stop roughly halfway round. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.30 p.m. approximately. Ride leader to be confirmed.

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).