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.

December 2018

SATURDAY 1 December. 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 Clive. Any questions, get in touch on 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com.

SATURDAY 8 December. Change of meeting place. 9.30 a.m. Café Castan, Llandaff Fields, Pontcanna, CF11 9QJ, for a coffee and cake, leaving at 10.00 a.m. An easy 35-40 mile circular ride, with one strenuous climb: Llantrisant, climb to Tonyrefail, downhill to Porth, then through Barry Sidings Country Park, Pontypridd, returning along the Taff Trail. Tea stop at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant, and possibly Barry Sidings Visitor Centre too. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.30 p.m. Ride Leader Clive. Any questions, get in touch on 07910 820 345, clive.cazeaux[at]ntlworld.com.

WEDNESDAY 26 December, Boxing Day. Not one but two rides. Meet at PPO (it won’t be open) for a 9.30 a.m. departure. We’ll be heading out to Llantwit Beach through the lanes via Peterstone, City and St Donats. The beach cafe is open so we’ll stop to refuel and then head back to Cardiff through Llanmaes, Llantrithyd, Welsh St Donats and Peterstone. It’s a round trip of about 50 miles. A moderately-paced ride: not fast, but we’ll aim to get back before it’s dark, so we won’t be dawdling. Bring lights and all the other necessary things. Any questions, contact ride leader Gwenda, tel. 07875 333 234.

WEDNESDAY 26 December, Boxing Day. Meet 6.45 p.m. outside Roath Park Community Centre / Library, corner of Ninian Road and Pen-Y-Lan Roadfor, for 7.00 p.m. departure. Easymoderate-paced 15-20 mile ride to the Y Maerun pub, Marshfield. Ride Leader Owen. See Wednesday evening rides list here for contact details.

January 2019

SATURDAY 5 January. 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.

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).