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
C#1 Coffee #1, 211–17 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, CF11 9PP.
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 2020

SATURDAY 1 February. 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 Pete, tel. 07913 062 930, pete.wilc[at]gmail.com

SATURDAY 15 February. Ride cancelled due to storm Dennis forecast. 9.30 a.m. CCA. Llantwit Major. Ride leader Gwenda, tel. 07875 333 234. Further details to follow.

SATURDAY 29 February. 9.30 a.m. C#1 for coffee and cake, and a 10.00 a.m. departure. The High Roads Tour. A moderate 50 mile ride north, with two strenuous climbs, plus a mile of rough stuff. First café stop at Parc Cwm Darran. Back south over the spectacular Cefn Gelligaer, down to Hengoed, then up again, climbing Mynydd Eglwysilan, rough stuff to Cefn Eglwysilan, then dropping into Caerphilly for tea at Glanmor’s. Bring snacks for stops along the way. Back in Cardiff by 4.00 p.m. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345.

March 2020

SATURDAY 7 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 Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret[at]ntlworld.com

SATURDAY 14 March. Car- or train-assisted moderate 60 mile ride over the Severn Bridge to the southern edge of the Cotswolds, with two strenuous climbs. Meeting point 1: 9.45 a.m. on the cycle path by M48 junction 2 (meets A 466) near Chepstow, ST 535 916. Ride over Severn Bridge. Tea stop and meeting point 2: 10.30 a.m. Severn View services. Bring packed lunch. Tea stops at the Berkeley Tea Rooms and Thornbury Coffee #1. Back in Chepstow by 5.00 p.m. Regular trains from Cardiff to Chepstow or Severn Tunnel Junction, two and three miles respectively from meeting point 1, e.g. Cardiff Central 08:45—Chepstow 09:16, and Cardiff Central 09:00—Severn Tunnel Junction 09:24. Return trains: Chepstow 17:27, Severn Tunnel Junction 17:20. Ride leader Clive, tel. 07910 820 345.

TUESDAY 17 March. Ride Leaders’ Drink and (optional) Meal. Meet 7.00 p.m. in Chapter bar, Market Road, Canton, CF5 1QE, for a drink and an optional meal, and to discuss ideas and make diary commitments for leading rides with Cardiff CTC in 2020. We are always on the look-out for new ride leaders, so why not come along and find out what’s involved. Remember to bring your diary. For further details, contact Clive, 07910 820 345.

April 2020

SATURDAY 4 April. 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 Pete, tel. 07913 062 930, pete.wilc[at]gmail.com

SATURDAY 11 April. Car- or train-assisted moderate 50 mile ride from Abergavenny to Hay-on-Wye, heading out along the Monnow Valley through Craswall, and returning over the Gospel Pass. Two strenuous climbs, fantastic descents, and sublime views, as well as what is arguably the best lane in SE Wales. Meet 10.15 a.m. at the Oasis Snack Bar, Abergavenny, NP7 5LH, for a cup of tea and a 10.30 a.m. departure. We’ll visit a café or pub in Hay for lunch, but bring a packed lunch as back-up. Train details to follow.  Contact Clive by Wednesday 8 April to arrange or to offer car travel, or for more details, tel. 07910 820 345.

SATURDAY 25 April. Bluebell Ride, led by Gwenda, tel. 07875 333 234. Further details to follow.

May 2020

SATURDAY 2 May. 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, tel. 07910 820 345.

SATURDAY 16 May. The Bwlch. Ride leader David, tel. 07464 950 288. Further details to follow.

June 2020

Ride details to follow.

July 2020

SATURDAY 4 July. 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 TBC.

THURSDAY 23 to TUESDAY 28 July. CTC Cymru Welsh Festival of Cycling. CTC Cymru’s annual festival will be based in Bala, north Wales, with its base of operations and camping facilities at Bala Rugby Club. Four days of rides and events. For further details, see the Cycling UK website here.

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).