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Spokes 2023 Activities

Sunday 26th March: Caerphilly Loop via Penylan

Start/Distance: 10.00 am, Radyr Weir, Approx 30 miles

Route/GPX download: GPX Download Refreshments at Caerphilly Visitor Centre overlooking Caerphilly Castle.  Approx 4.5 hrs depending on how long we stop for refreshments. NB The cafe stop is quite late on during the ride, So suggest you bring snacks to keep you going.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate (500m climbing) on road, lanes & trails.

Route Coordinator/Contact: Mel Pruchnie, email: mel.pruchnie@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Graham Davies

Sunday 2nd April:  Llanwonno via Barry Sidings

Start/Distance: 10.00 am from Radar weir50km,

Route/GPX download: GPX Download Cafe stop at Berry Sidings

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate Some quite steep hills. 600m climb, mainly cycle path and quiet roads.

Route Coordinator/Contact: Nick Dallimore, email: nick@dallimore.org.uk

Ride Leader: Caroline Dallimore

Sunday 9th April: Guardian Monument

Start/Distance: 10.00 am. Albion Cafe, Cilfynydd. 37 miles.

Route/GPX download: Head out to Oakdale via roads and cycle paths. Stop in Pen Y Fan Country Park , then onto 6 Bells to have a look at the Guardian Monument. Return via Crumlin and Hengoed. A few hills but nothing really steep. There a few cafes dotted about but if not open might have to use burger van or supermarket.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate 2500 ft of climbing.

Route Coordinator/Contact: ​Dave Jenkins, email: jenkins_s5@sky.com

Ride Leader: Calum Taylor

Sunday 16th April: Somerset Circular

Start/Distance: 10am, Yatton Rail Station, OS landranger 182 GR 425660, 40+ miles

Route/GPX download: Chew Valley lake, Cheddar Gorge(downhill) Strawberry line trail

Terrain/Ride Category: Easy - Moderate

Route Coordinator/Contact: Calum Taylor, tel: 07718974789

Ride Leader: Arlene Morrison, tel: 07786266445

 

19-26th April: Majorca

Email circulated to members

Please Contact Richard Cook for further information

Sunday 30th April: Gower

Start/Distance: 10.00 am Car Park adjacent to Blackpill Lido Mumbles Road, Swansea, SA3 5AT. Cost of parking £3. 35 miles approx, 5 hours.

Route/GPX download: Mumbles - Bishopstone - Kittle - Southgate - Park Mill - Parc Le Breos - Oldwalls - Cheriton - Llanrhidian - Crofty - Penclawdd - Gowerton - Black Pill carpark, Cafe stop Britannia Inn.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate with some steep climbs and descents. 1 mile section of track that is not suitable for posh road bikes. I would recommend a tourer or gravel bike. 

Route Coordinator/Contact: Rachel Jones, tel: 07932121221

Ride Leader: Graham, tel: 07587 170819

Sunday 7th May: Graveyard climb via Taff Trail, Deri and Bargoed

Start/Distance: 10.00 am Radyr Weir. 45 miles, Approx 4-5 hours

Route/GPX download: Refreshments at kiosk in Taf Bargoed Park, Treharris.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate (with one steep climb) on roads, lanes and trails.

Route Coordinator/Contact: Howard James, Email: jhwrdjames@aol.com

Ride Leader: Dave Jenkins

May 12-13th: Swansea to Cardiff Weekender

Two days cycling from Swansea around the Gower peninsula and then back to Cardiff via the Bwlch

and Rhondda. Cycling on a combination of quiet roads and tarmacked cycle trails. Suitable for any bike. 

Details: Start: Swansea train station 12 May at 11.00 hrs. 

  •  Support: no support vehicle. Cyclists to carry their own luggage.  

  • Transport to Swansea. Cyclists asked to book bikes as passengers on trains Cardiff to Swansea. Alternatively, make own arrangements for bikes to be taken by car to start point at station. 

  • Digs- cyclists to arrange own accommodation in Swansea city centre 

  •  Approximate cost £70- train ticket and digs. 

  •  There is a sixteen cyclist limit on this trip. A reserve list will be made up, if necessary. 

Routes: Day (1) Swansea, circular route around the Gower via Mumbles ,  Oystermouth ,  Three Cliffs Bay, Reynoldston, Penclawdd, Gowerton to central Swansea. (37 miles) 

Day (2) Swansea , cycle trail to Port Talbot, Afan Valley, Blaengwynfi,  Bwlch, Rhondda Fawr , Pontypridd and Cardiff ( 52 miles) 

If you’re interested in coming on this Weekender please email me. If you want additional information before you commit, you’re welcome to either email or phone me. 

Please aim to respond to me by Monday 20th February. 

Event coordinator Ray Robins. ray.robins1927@gmail.com. tel: 07917844791 

Ride Leader Ivor Rodway. malivo@aol.com

Sunday 14th May: Start from Radyr Weir Sunday ride

Start/Distance: 10am

Route/GPX download: to be decided by the participants

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Sunday 21st May: North Avon Cycleway

Start/Distance:  10.00 am lay-by Link Rd Chepstow 75km(47 miles) 720m Climbing.

Route/GPX download: Chepstow, Aust, Littleton on Severn, Wickwar, Iron Acton, Northwick, Aust, Chepstow

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate (one or two steep climbs) on roads and lanes

Route Coordinator/Contact: Gwyn Tudor, email: gwyntudor@me.com

Ride Leader: Diane Park

May 24th - 31st: Bulgaria

Itinerary: Fly from Heathrow to Sofia and back, Mountain bikes will be provided, staying in hotels, Support car for transporting luggage, Flights about £200 Hotels, bike hire, support vehicle around 400 euros. Cost estimate difficult as Bulgaria has higher inflation than UK.

Event fully bookedpossible waiting list tbc

Organiser: Glen Dermody

Sunday 28th May: Start from Radyr Weir Sunday ride

Start/Distance: 10am

Route/GPX download: to be decided by the participants

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Sunday 4th June: Llangorse Circular

Start/Distance: 9.30am Llangorse Lake car park, 51 miles

Route/GPX download: Llangorse, Crickhowell, Llanthony, Hay on wye. Cafe stops at Llanthony abbey/Hay on wye 

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous 1300mtrs climbing on lanes and roads

Route Coordinator/Contact: Rosemary Hardy, email: rosemary.starlings@hotmail.co.uk

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Sunday 11th June: Magor Circular

Start/Distance: 10.00 am meeting in free car park off Magor square, 45 miles

Route/GPX download: Over Wentwood via Parc Seymour to descend onto Usk road by Alpaca farm. Lunch stop at Raglan golf club, and back through Clytha park, into Usk, with possible ice cream break, before returning over Cats Ash via Llanwern , Bishton back to Magor.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Coordinator/Contact: Jackie, email jackiethomas18@icloud.com

Ride Leader: Karl

Sunday 18th June: Raglan Castle

Start/Distance: 10.00 Pontypool leisure centre car park. Approx 46 miles, Approx 6hrs depending on how long we stop for refreshments.

Route/GPX download: GPX download Refreshments at Millbrook garden centre, Monmouth (20 miles) and Goytre Wharf (40miles) Some of the roads are narrow country lanes with their usual crop of pot holes, gravel and mud with the last few miles along a canal tow path

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous (1100m climbing), all road, mostly quiet lanes.

Route Coordinator/Contact: Martin Watson, email: mdwcycle@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Mike Hyde

Sunday 25th June: Slimbridge

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Sunday 2nd July: Southerndown and the Vale

Start/Distance: 10.00am Radyr Weir, 56 miles. Approx 5-6 hrs

Route/GPX download: GPX Link Llandaf / Pentrebane Rd / St Bride's / St George's / Dyffryn / Moulton

Llancarfan / Cross Inn / Llanmaes / Llantwit Major / St Donat's / Marcross / St Bride's Major / Southerndown

Return: Wick / Llanmaes / Llantrithyd / Clawdd-coch. Short coffee stop: Velo cafe - Llantwit Major -

Lunch stop: West Farm - Southerndown

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate Suitable for all bikes. 3,500 feet of Vale undulations

Route Coordinator/Contact: Stephen Kite, tel: 07716231056

Ride Leader: Roger Bradshaw, tel: 07773041756

Sunday 9th July: 

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July 21-23rd: Porlock Weekender

Organisers: Roger & Di

Sunday 30th July: 

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Route Coordinator/Contact: Clare

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Sunday 6th August: TBC

Start/Distance: 50miles

Route/GPX download: Church Village, Tonyrefail, Mynydd y Gaer, Pontyclun

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous

Route Coordinator/Contact: Richard Cook, email: richardcook5@ntlworld.com

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Ireland 2023

Proposed dates: (6 or 7 days) around 10-16th August

Event Fully Booked - Contact: Alison McErlane or Glen to be put on a shortlist

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Sunday 20th August: The ITV4 Blaengarw Bus Stop Tour.

Start/Distance: 2 Starting Points

Unofficial start: Outside DWP offices on Trefforest Industrial Estate. OS Ref 113858 OS map 171, Plenty of parking.

76km, 1100m climbing, We will leave a 9am sharp to ensure we get to Tonyrefail by 10.

Official Start: 10 am, Shorter ride starts outside Red Cow in Tonyrefail (not Pontprennau!) Ref 018882 OS map 170.

45km, 800m climbing, Very moderate. Both rides a bit bumpy but no really big hills.

Route/GPX download: GPX link Beddau, Tonyrefail, Gilfach Goch (missing out last year's loop!), Blackmill, Llangeinor, Blaengarw, and back via somewhere, Includes Cycle Route 4 over the hill by Tonyrefail; about 600m of gravel.  OK on a road bike if you're worried.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Coordinator/Contact: John Griffith, email: johng@globalnet.co.uk

Ride Leader: Mark Docker

Sunday 27th August: 

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September 2-12th: Bavaria Week

Email circulated to members - Event fully booked, possible waiting list tbc

Organisers: Gareth & Tony

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22nd-24th September: Cotswold Weekender

Event fully booked, Contact Mel, Rachel & Graham to be put on a shortlist

Organisers: Mel, Rachel & Graham

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