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, moderateand 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
CCR Cardiff Central railway station, Cardiff, CF10 1RH.
FLC Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, Newport, NP10 9GN.
LAT Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais, CF15 7JP.
LLR

June 2018

SATURDAY 2 June. 9.30 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 9.30 and will head off on an optional ride at 10.00 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 3.00 p.m. approximately. Ride leader David, tel. 07464 950 288, dai.derailleur[@]gmail.com.

SATURDAY 9 June. Starting from Pedal Power at 0910am; arrive at 0900 to sign-up for the ride and ride-briefing (PP cafe will not be open). Cycling Via Miskin and Pontyclun, Thomastown and Blackmill (NCN route 4) to Tondu (lunch-break at Parc-Slip cafe) returning via Bridgend through the Vale, Cowbridge (a second T stop here), arrive back in Cardiff between 5 and 6pm – this is a full day-out.

Approx 50-60 miles at an easy pace, some stiffish climbs, a short section of very rough-stuff, otherwise: – undulating with about 1000m of climbing.

There’s an option to get a train back from Sarn or Bridgend for anyone who needs to get back to Cardiff earlier.

Bring plenty of emergency sandwiches, snacks and drinks. There may be an outward coffee stop in Talbot Green, otherwise main stop will be at Tondu and the Nature Reserve Cafe. Ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret[at]ntlworld.com.

 

THURSDAY 21 June. Join us for a curry at the Red Chilli restaurant in Victoria Park, 442C Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JN. See the Social Events page for further details.

 

SATURDAY 23 June. 9.00 a.m. PPO to sign-up for the ride and ride-briefing. The cafe will not be open. A 56 mile ride at an easy pace to Llandegfedd Reservoir, via Bassaleg, a stop at Fourteen Locks Cafe, Rogerstone and Cwmbran to Pontypool, then across the hills around Llandegfedd Reservoir with a stop at the Visitor Centre. Returning via Cwmbran and Newport, with a final stop at Tredegar House cafe, and then back to Cardiff via the Reens. Arrive back in Cardiff between 5 and 6 pm. This is a full day-out. A fair amount of canal path, some stiffish climbs, otherwise undulating with about 600 m of climbing. There’s an option to get a train back from Newport (or before if necessary) for anyone who needs to get back to Cardiff earlier. Bring plenty of emergency sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Ride leader Margaret, tel. 029 2025 1483, msmargaret[at]ntlworld.com.

 

July 2018

SATURDAY 7 July. 9.30 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 9.30 and will head off on an optional ride at 10.00 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 3.00 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).