Weekend rides

Rides resume Saturday 1 May 2021 in line with Welsh government guidance.

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.

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.

A copy of the Cycling UK corona guidance document can be downloaded here. Thanks to Spokes CTC for the above list.

June 2021

SATURDAY 5 June. 10.00 a.m. PPO for a chat 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 25 miles, with a picnic or café stop halfway round. Bring a flask and some cake as back-up. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.00 p.m. approximately. Any queries, contact ride leader David, tel. 07464 950 288.

SATURDAY 12 June. Ride Leaders’ Planning Meeting (and Ride). Meet 10.00 a.m. at the Secret Garden Café in Bute Park. We’ll sit outside with coffee, cake and some maps for an hour to plan the next few months’ rides. The club is always looking for new ride leaders. If you haven’t led a ride before, we’ll guide you through what’s involved. Afterwards, around 11.15–11.30 a.m., there will be the option to head off on a moderate 25-30 mile ride, led by Clive. Back in Cardiff by 3.00 p.m. Remember to bring your maps and your diaries. Any queries, contact Clive, tel. 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com

Additional June ride to be posted soon.

July 2021

SATURDAY 3 July. 10.00 a.m. PPO for a chat 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 25 miles, with a picnic stop halfway round, so bring a flask and some cake. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.00 p.m. approximately. Any queries, contact ride leader Pete, tel. 07913 062 930.

Additional July ride to be posted soon.

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).