March-Jun 2021 Rides

Sunday 2nd May: Cwmcarn

Start/Distance: Taffs Well train station @ 9.30am (Strenuous ride) and 10.00a.m (Moderate ride)48 or 40 miles.

Route/GPX download: GPX Download(option 1) GPX Download(option 2) 

Option 1. Moderate ride - Trail to Caerphilly, and lanes to Bedwas, Pandy Lane, 

Sirrhowy Trail to Cross Keys and Risca, returning via Pye Corner and Penylan Hill. 40 miles approx.

Option 2. Strenuous ride -  as above with the addition at Cross Keys of a circuit of the Cwmcarn Forest ride - 

approx 8 miles with heavy climbing of + 10% gradients.

Terrain/Ride Category: Main ride moderate in difficulty suitable for all bikes. According to numbers and weather, a strenuous extension ride will be added suitable for all bikes

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Dave Griffith email: sad.griffs@yahoo.co.uk

Anyone wishing to go on either of these rides must email the ride coordinator Dave Griffiths indicating their preference for either ride before Friday 30th April. According to the numbers signed up either one or two rides will be organised.

Ride Leader: Ray Robins/ Rachel Jones/ Graeme Davies

Sunday 9th May: Aberdare

Start/Distance: 10am Taffs well train station, about 38 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing. allow 4-5 hours

Route/GPX download: GPX download Head North along the Taff Trail. Picking up the Lady Windsor Trail north of Pontypridd towards Ynysybwl. then Mountain Ash, Abercwmboi, Aberaman. Lunch Stop will be in the square beside the library and Bradley's Coffee shop on High St. Aberdare. There are plenty of benches and walls to sit on in the square, if you bring along your own food. All the climbing has now been done and it's mostly flat or downhill all the way home. After lunch heading south past the Michael Sobell Leisure Centre and canal back towards Abercynon. Re-joining the Taff Trail (south) at Abercynon

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate with a couple of short steep climbs. Suitable for any bike, using a mixture of trails and cycle path

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Julie Williams

email: julieontherun@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Phill Thomas

Sunday 16th May:  Llanharry

Meet 10.00 Taffs Well railway station. 36 miles

Route/GPX download: Here Tonteg, Tonyrefail, Pontyclun  Llanharry, Ysradowen, Llandaf. Mainly on roads, there is a stetch of forest track, but suitable for all bikes.  Bring food  and drink etc. The lunch stop is Llanharry and the Spar sells coffee etc.

If you intend joining this ride please email me.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate with some steep climbs

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Dave Miles email: davemiles2@hotmail.com

Ride Leader: Julie Williams

Sunday 23rd May: Vale ride

Start/Distance: Meet 10am Hailey Park Bridge, Llandaff North, 30 miles, 4 hours to include a coffee stop.

Route/GPX download: Fairwater - Peterston-super-Ely - Pendoylan - Hensol - Welsh St Donats - Cowbridge (coffee stop) and return. Email me if you intend to join me.

Terrain/Ride Category: Easy to Moderate, all on road

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Clare Johnson, email: clarejohnson45@hotmail.co.uk

Ride Leader:

Sunday 30th May: Twin Peaks challenge

Start/Distance: Taffs Well Station 9.30, 80km, 3000 ft ascent.

Route/GPX download: Two options:(1). Bwlch via Tonyrefail and Tonypandy. Treorchy Greggs for lunch then return to Cardiff via Ponty. (2) Follow route 1 to Greggs then over the Rhigos and home via Cynon trail.100km, 4000ft ascent. There will be an opportunity to avoid the Bwlch and return direct from Treorchy if you want.

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: John Griffiths, email: johng@globalnet.co.uk

Ride Leader:

Sunday 6th June: Lost lanes of the lower Wye valley
Start/Distance: Route starts adjacent to southbound layby on A466, 200 yards from M48 junction 2 ( Chepstow turn off) at 10.00h. Distance: 30 miles, 900 metres of ascent. Park in layby.

Route/GPX download: St Arvans, Tintern, Trelleck, Devauden, Shirenewton. Roads and lanes, suitable for all bike. Some steep climbs.

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Richard Cook, email: richard.cook5@ntlworld.com

Ride Leader: John Griffiths and Karl Hitchings 

Sunday 13th June: Llantwit Major

Start/Distance: 10am Taffs Well station, approx 5 hrs, 44 miles

Route/GPX download: GPX Click Here Taffs Well-Pentrebane-Clawdd-Coch-Llantrithyd-St Hilary-St Mary Church-Llanmaes-Llantwit Major beach. Return: Llantwit Major beach-Llanmaes-Cross Inn-Bonvilston-Peterston-Pentrebane-Taffs Well. Cafe stop at cafe on beach(cash only) - but bring own snacks as may be drinks only?

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Stephen Kite, email: kites@cardiff.ac.uk

Ride Leader: Roger Bradshaw

Sunday 20th June: Chepstow to Slimbridge

Start/Distance: Ride starts adjacent to southbound layby on A466, 200 yards from M48 junction 2 (Chepstow first turn off). Meet at 9:15am for 9:30am start. Distance 55 miles (approx 6 to 7 hours). Two tea stops but best to bring some food. 

Route/GPX download: GPX Download Chepstow to Slimbridge via Sharpness across the first Severn Bridge. Return via Thornbury

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate Generally gentle undulations with three significant climbs.

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Chris Metcalfe, 07568490547 email: cmetcalfe3@gmail.com

Ride Leader:

Sunday 27th June: Clydach Lakes, near Tonypandy

Start/Distance: Taffs Well railway station 09.30 and 10.00am. 31 miles, 4.5 hours

Route/GPX download: GPX Download Taffs well - Pentyrch - Beddau - Coedely - Penygraig . Main roads and lanes. From Penygraig, back streets and compacted gravel path to Clydach lakes.  Return ( road, trails and lanes ) Tonypandy - Trealaw - Porth - Trehafod - Pontyprid-Taff Trail - home. Lunch stop: Nothing available. Take packed lunch for Clydach lakes stop.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate with some stiff climbs. Suitable for all bikes

Notes: I have taken it that there will be sufficient take-up for this ride to require two sets of leaders. I will be following Spokes committee guidelines and working to two groups of twelve. Once I get to 24 cyclists I will put together a reserve list. If I dont get twelve I'll run with one group. Please keep an eye on Spokes notice board. Anyone wishing to go on this trip is required to Email me please. If you have a preference for a start time please let me know. I will come back to everyone with either confirmations of start times or telling them they're on reserve list.

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Ray Robins/Phill Thomas email: ray.robins1927@gmail.com, tel: 07917844791

Ride Leader: Grae Davies + A.N.Other

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