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  March-Jun 2022 Rides

Sunday 27th March: Aberdare

Start/Distance: approx. 50 miles.10.00 am Taffs Well train station

Route/GPX download: Merthyr (on road) Hirwaun (Some trail) , Aberdare, Coffee stop. Trail to Abercynon, home on road.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Calum

calumcameron75@outlook.com

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March/April: 30th – 6th: Majorca

Organiser: Richard Cook

Sunday 3rd April: 14 Locks Circular

Start/Distance: Meet 9.30 Tongwynlais , Lewis Arms, 35-40 miles

Route/GPX download: Caerphilly, Bedwas, Machen, Draethen, Bassleg and Rogerstone, 14 locks cafe for lunch. Return via Pye corner, Tredegar House and coast road back to Cardiff.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate ride suitable for all riders and bikes early season

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

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Sunday 10th April: Llantwit Major

Start/Distance: Llandaff bridge North, about 38miles, 10am start

Route/GPX download: Llantwit Major beach cafe via Welsh St Donats, St Hilary, St Mary returning via Llanmaes, Llantrithyd and Warren Mill farm. 

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Lawrence Conway, email: lawrencepconway@googlemail.com

Ride Leader: Richard Cook

Sunday 17th April: Bwlch and Rhigos

Start/Distance: Taffs Well train station 10am, 60 miles.

Route/GPX download: Taffs Well, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Treforest, Ponypridd, Tonyrefail, Blackmill, Ogmore Vale, Bwlch, Treorchy, Rhigos, Aberdare, Abercwmboi, Abercynon & Taffs Well.

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous 5152 feet of ascent in total.

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Phill Thomas

Ride Leader: Dave Jenkins

Sunday 24th April: Sirhowy Valley

Start/Distance: 10.00 am Taffs Well train station Approx. 40 miles.

Route/GPX download: Caerphilly, Pandy Lane, Maesycwmmer, Sirhowy Valley, Coffee stop, Bassaleg, Draethen, Rudry, Caerphilly and back to Taffs Well

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Mel Pruchnie, email: mel.pruchnie@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Rachel

Sunday 1st May: 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. 30 miles, 900 metres of ascent. Park in layby.

Route/GPX download: St Arvans, Tintern, Trelleck, Devauden, Shirenewton. Roads and lanes.

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous suitable for all bike. Some steep climbs.

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

Ride Leader: Martin Watson/Lawrence Conway

Sunday 8th May: The Vale

Start/Distance: Llandaff North bridge, 10am departure, 60km 

Route/GPX download: Route is out to Cowbridge and back via St Marys Church, cafe stop in Cowbridge which is next to a communal garden so place for a picnic if folks prefer to BYO refreshments/sandwich

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate 1000ft elevation, Mostly road/cycle track and a few snickets

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Diane Crone, email: dianecrone37@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Rachel Jones

Sunday 15th May: Cwm Cadlan

Start/Distance: Albion Cafe, 10.00am, 42 miles

Route/GPX download: Head out to Nelson, then past Llancaiach Fawr, across Gelligaer common, drop down into Merthyr for Cafe stop.Go past llwyn-one reservoir, across Cwm Cadlan and then down Cynon Valley back to Cilfynydd

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous 3000ft of climbing

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Dave Jenkins, email: Jenkins_s5@sky.com

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Sunday 22nd May: Cowbridge

Start/Distance: Llandaff bridge 10.00am, 44.5 miles

Route/GPX download: GPX link Heading out to Cowbridge, with a stop at Greggs,then onto Llanharry Pontyclun, Ton-Teg, Nantgarw and Tongwynlais.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Dean Roberts, email: Deancroberts1@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Martin Watson

May 27-29th: Herefordshire, Mike Hutchinson Memorial ride/Knighton Weekender

Start/Distance: Bowling Green Car Park in Knighton at 10am. 42 miles.

Route: The route will head through Presteigne and Titley before a lunch stop at Shobdon Airfield. Route will return through Shobdon, Lentwardine(afternoon stop) and Buckley to Knighton.

Terrain/Ride Category:  Moderate 42 miles on B roads and quiet country lanes with 2440ft of climbing.

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Glen Dermody. email g.dermody@ntlworld.com

We have a table booked at the Horse and Jockey at 7:30 on Saturday night. There is an option for a 30 mile ride on Sunday if anyone is interested. Knighton has its' own railway station or it is about a 2 hour drive from Cardiff. There are various lodging options in the town. Airbnb, B&Bs, pubs with accommodation and a campsite at Panpwnton Farm. For more information contact Glen at g.dermody@ntlworld.com.

Sunday 29th May: Cheddar ride

Start/Distance: Shallows car park in Saltford, SE of Keynsham on the A4. OS landranger sheet 172 grid ref ST687673. It is a small free car park adjacent to the Bristol Bath cycleway and could get busy on a sunday so I plan a start time of 09.30. 58 miles.

Route/GPX download: GPX file The route is SW from the start, past Chew valley lake and down the Cheddar gorge before heading towards Wells then Radstock. Returning to Bath through the lit railway tunnels and up the Bristol cycleway to Saltford. Plenty of refreshment opportunities in Cheddar (no Greggs though)

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous 58miles 950m climbing, on mainly small roads, all on tarmac.

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Martin Watson, email: mdwcycle@gmail.com

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Sunday 5th June: Vale of Glamorgan

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Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Gwyn

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Sunday 12th June: Gower Ride

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Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Rachel

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Sunday 19th 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. 30 miles, 900 metres of ascent. Park in layby.

Route/GPX download: St Arvans, Tintern, Trelleck, Devauden, Shirenewton. Roads and lanes.

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous suitable for all bike. Some steep climbs.

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

Ride Leader: Martin Watson/Lawrence Conway

Sunday 26th June: Slimbridge

Start/Distance: Ride starts adjacent to southbound layby on A466, 200 yards from M48 junction 2 (Chepstow first turn off). 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 File 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, email: cmetcalfe3@gmail.com

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