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.
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.

February 2019

SATURDAY 2 February. Ride postponed due to snow. However, Margaret will be at PPO from 10.00 a.m. if you would like to have a chat about riding with the club. Meet 10.00 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 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 via Gwaelod y Garth, stopping for tea at Barry Sidings Country Park, and returning via the Taff Trail. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.30 p.m. approximately. Ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret[at]ntlworld.com

TUESDAY 5 February. Evening meal at the Vegetarian Food Studio, 115-117 Penarth Road, CF11 6JU. See the Social Events page for further details.

SATURDAY 16 February. Meet 9.00 a.m. Café Castan for coffee, cake and a 9.30 a.m. departure. A 45-mile moderate ride east, calling at Fourteen Locks Café, then heading through the lanes north of Newport to Caerleon, circling east of Llanwern Steel Works (nice in an ‘industrial chic’ kind of way), then returning west, with a tea stop either at Newport Wetlands or Tredegar House. Some up-and-down north of Newport, but flat after Llanwern. Back in Cardiff by 4.30 p.m. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com

March 2019

SATURDAY 2 March. 10.00 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 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 a café stop roughly halfway round. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.30 p.m. approximately. Ride leader to be confirmed.

SATURDAY 9 March. Meet 9.00 a.m. Café Castan for coffee, cake and a 9.30 a.m. departure. A 45-mile moderate ride north, taking the Taff Trail to Caerphilly, then Ystrad Mynach, cycle path through Parc Cwm Darran, a stiff climb to Pentwyn, then heading south with some spectacular views across Cefn Gelligaer, then dropping down into Cwm Bargoed for lunch at the Summit Centre Café, two miles south of Bedlinog. A morning of gentle, gradual climbing, with only one stiff, mile-long climb from Parc Cwm Darran to Pentwyn. Returning via Pandy Lane and the Taff Trail, and back in Cardiff by 4.30 p.m. Bring snacks for the mid-morning stop. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com

FRIDAY 15 March. 6.00-8.00 p.m. Basic cycle maintenance evening at I Want To Ride My Bike Café, 26 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BA. See the Social Events page for details.

FRIDAY 22 March. 6.00-8.00 p.m. Advanced cycle maintenance evening at I Want To Ride My Bike Café, 26 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BA. See the Social Events page for details.

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).