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.

The following Covid 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. Most cafés are open again but social distancing means they might not be accommodating large numbers, 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.

May 2022

SATURDAY 7 May. 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. If you intend to ride, please arrive by 10.15 a.m. when the ride description is given. This will be an easy-paced ride of approximately 25 miles, with a café stop at Tredegar House, Newport, halfway round. We should be back in Cardiff by 3.00 p.m. approximately. Ride leader David, david.cgmiller[at]gmail.com

SATURDAY 14 May. 10.00 a.m. NEWPORT TRAIN STATION. 40 mile moderate ride along undulating lanes. (52 if you cycle back from Newport.) Bring food and drink as the plan is to picnic in the woods and we probably won’t be going into any cafes.  There are a number of trains from Cardiff that will get you to Newport on time. We’ll be meeting by the car park entrance to Newport Train Station from 10 am to set off at 10.15. This lovely ride from Jack Thurston’s book takes us through Caerleon to Usk, for a quick snack stop in the town square. We then head up Clytha Hill to an ancient Hill Fort and bluebell wood where we can eat our lunch. Down the hill and we retrace our steps through Usk but then take the lumpier lane back to Caerleon.Trains are regular from Newport to Cardiff or you can join a ride back.Contact Gwenda on 07875 333234 or gwendao65[at]gmail.com if you’ve any questions.

June 2022

SATURDAY 4 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. If you intend to ride, please arrive by 10.15 a.m. when the ride description is given. This will be an easy-paced ride of approximately 25 miles, with either a picnic (bring a flask and some cake) or a café stop halfway round (to be confirmed). We should be back in Cardiff by 3.00 p.m. approximately. Ride leader TBC.

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).