CTC Swansea and West Wales Member Group

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Rides Programme

 

From:               Ian Davies.  [email protected]  07813856969

Date:                24-Apr-2017

To:                    Swansea CTC Riders

Subject:            Rides Programme update

 

CTC Swansea, Ride Grading – Guidelines only!

 

GRADE 1 – EASY.  Mainly on the flat with gentle slopes or gradients.  Distances between 10-30 miles

GRADE 2 – LEISUREFor the leisure cyclist who cycles regularly, includes some steeper climbs. Distances between 20-45 miles.

GRADE 3 – MODERATE. For those who cycle regularly, includes more steep climbs.

Distances between 25-60 miles.

GRADE 4 – CHALLENGING.  For regular cyclists who are looking for longer distances and more climbs, Distances between 40-70 miles.

GRADE 5 - DIFFICULT.  Up to 100 miles with more and longer climbs. 

 

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Friday: 21-Apr-17 A Coffee ride

Meeting: Sainsbury’s 10.00

Leader: Peter Jones

Destination: Caswell Bay

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Sunday: 23-Apr-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Kidwelly via Hendy, Llanon, Tumble, Drefach, Porthyrhyd, Llanddarog, Cwmisfael, Llangedyrne, Pontantwn, Llandyfaelog, Llansaint. Return via coastal route. Approx. 50 miles.

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Sunday: 23-Apr-17 Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Pat Hansard 07957287013

Destination: Kidwelly via NRC4 there and back. Approx 38 miles.

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Wednesday: 26-Apr-17

Meeting: The Railway Inn 10.00

Leader: Carl Preece 07813800924

Destination: A Gower circuit.

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Thursday 27-Apr-17 A Grade 1 Easy ride

Meeting Norwegian Church SA1 10.00

Leader: Don Ashman 07816472571

Destination: Margam.

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Friday 28-Apr-17 A Coffee ride

Meeting: Sainsbury’s SA1

Leader: Peter Jones 07870454058

Destination: An anti-clockwise Gower loop with coffee at mumbles.

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Sunday: 30-Apr-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Burger King Neath 10.00

Leader: Len Griffiths 07484241933

Destination: Treorchy via Neath, Cimla, Bwlch, return via Rhigos and the Neath valley.

Approx 50 lumpy miles.

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Sunday: 30-Apr-17 Grade 2 Moderate ride

Meeting: Sainsbury’s, Marina 10.00

Leader: Julian Griffiths 07816175402

Destination: Bryncoch via the Swansea valley NCR43 cycle path to Alltwen, up and over to Bryncoch for lunch. Return via Neath, the canal path and NCR4 Fabian Way.

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Wednesday: 03-May-17 a Grade 4 Challenging ride

Meeting: Llandovery 10.00 (Car Park opposite the West End Café)

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: The Devil’s Staircase and Llyn Brianne loop (anti-clockwise). 42 miles with one big lump.

Also Wednesday: 03-May-17, a Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Jon Robbins 07973831299

Destination: Kidwelly. Approx. 38 miles

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Sunday: 07-May-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Ffairfach 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: A 42 mile loop of the upper part of the 100 miler, Out via Bethlehem, Llangadog, Talley, Llansawel, Abergorlech, Brechfa, Nantgaredig, Llanarthne, Golden Grove.

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Sunday: 07-May-17 Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Norwegian Church SA1 09.30, Railway Inn Killay 10.00

Leader: Dawn Aplin 07919084269

Destination: A Gower figure of eight ride, Three Crosses, Cilonnen road, Ilston Blackhills, Kittle, Mumbles. Lunch at Rosehip Tea rooms. Approx 35 miles/

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Wednesday: 10-May-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Pontardawe Cross 10.00

Leader: Peter Jones 07870454058

Destination: Sennybridge. up via the Cray and return via Trecastle and the forest roads down to Tafarn-y-Garreg. est 46 miles with some lumps.

Options for grade 2 rides -

1. Pontardawe Cross 10.00 to Craig-y-nos

2. Join the G3 ride at Craig-y-nos at 11.00

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Sunday: 14-May-17 Pembrokeshire Tour

Meeting: Beudy Gwyn, Penparc, Trefin, Pembs 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: A circular ride to Broad Haven and back via St David’s, Est 48 miles with some lumps.

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Sunday: 14-May-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride Swansea

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Sunday: 14-May-17 Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: The Sail Bridge SA1

Leader: John Cardy 0711175337

Destination: Margam Park

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Wednesday: 17-May-17 Pembrokeshire Tour

Meeting: Beudy Gwyn, Penparc, Trefin, Pembs 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: A circular ride to Strumble Head and return via Fishguard, Puncheston and Letterston. Est 48 miles with some lumps

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Wednesday: 17-May-17 Swansea

Meeting: Gowerton?

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Sunday: 21-May-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Railway Inn Killay 10.00

Leader: Carl Preece 07813800924

Destination: Rhossili. A longer lumpy route.

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Sunday: 21-May-17 Grade 2 leisure ride

Meeting: Railway Inn Killay 10.00

Leader: Mike O’Driscoll 01792923633

Destination: Rhossili. Out via Cilonnen road, return via the Marsh road.

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Wednesday: 24-May-17

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: The Smiths Arms Foelgastell. Out via Pontarddulais, Llanedi, Cross Hands, return via the Swiss valley path. Est 40 miles.

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Sunday: 28-May-17 Grade 4 Challenging ride

Meeting: Pontardawe Cross 10.00

Leader: James Anderson 07974320723 / Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Llandovery. Up the Swansea valley bike path to Coelbren, Henrhyd Falls, Craig-y-nos, left at Tafarn y Garreg toward Trecastle, out towards Red Lion and down to Myddfai then to the West End café for lunch. Return via Llangadog and the Black Mountains, Brynamman, and back to the Swansea valley. Est 65 lumpy miles.

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Sunday: 28-May-17 Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Norwegian Church SA1 10.00

Leader: Chris Walsh

Destination: Ystradgynlais, the Loaf café. Approx. 35 miles.

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Wednesday: 31-May-17 a Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Pontardawe 10:00, Bryncoch,Neath, McD Briton Ferry10:45

Leader: Peter Jones 07870454058

Destination: Porthcawl.(Royal Oak), via Bryncoch, Neath, McD BF, Port Talbot,Margam, Parc Slip, Cefn Cribwr, Pyle, Porthcawl. Returning along Water Street, Margam, Port Talbot Steelworks bypass, over the Briton Ferry bridge, Skewen, Birchgrove, Glais and back to Pontardawe. Approx. 47 miles

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Sunday: 04-Jun-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride

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Sunday: 04-Jun-17 Grade 2 leisure ride

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Wednesday: 07-Jun-17

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Sunday: 11-Jun-17 A Special ride.

Meeting: McDonald’s Briton Ferry 10.00

Leader: John Ridd

Destination: The Royal Mint Llantrisant. A tour of the Mint. Approx. 60 miles on a direct and flat route. An alternative pick up point is at Pyle which can reduce the distance to approx. 40 miles.

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Sunday: 11-Jun-17 an alternative Grade 2 Leisure ride?

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Wednesday: 14-Jun-17 a grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Burger King Neath 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: The Devil’s Elbow, Heol Senni. Up the Dulais valley, cross over into the Swansea valley, coffee stop at Craig-y-nos then up past the Cray reservoir and right to Heol Senni. Return via Ystradfellte and the Neath valley. 50 miles with some good lumps.

Also Wednesday: 14-Jun-17 a grade 2 Leisure ride

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Sunday: 18-Jun-17 Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: McDonald’s Briton Ferry 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: The Bwlch. An anti-clockwise route via the Ogmore valley and return via the Afan valley.

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Sunday: 18-June-17 Grade 2 Leisure ride

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Wednesday: 21-Jun-17

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Sunday: 25-Jun-17 Cycling UK Challenging ride. Grade 5

Meeting: Sailbridge 08.00

Leader: John Cardy

Destination: The Des Radford 100 miler (105 miles) Over the Black Mountains, up through Talley toward Dolacothi, back through Llansawel, Abergorlech (lunch) Brechfa and zig zag all the way to Ferryside then return to Swansea via the coast road.

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Sunday: 25-Jun-17 Grade 2 Leisure ride

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Tue 27, Wed 28, Thur 29-Jun-17. The Devon C2C ride

Meeting: Barnstaple 11.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Ilfracombe to Plymouth coast to coast

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Wednesday 28-June-17 Swansea

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Sunday 02-July-17

Meeting: Pontardawe Cross 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Sennybridge. Swansea valley to Tafarn y Garreg, left to Trecastle. Return via Cray Res. Est 40 lumpy miles

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Future Rides/Events for your diaries:

12-19 August

The Gower Cycling Festival

Sunday 10-Sept

The annual Mountain Basher

Wed 20-Sept and Thurs 21-Sept

Cardiff – Brecon - Swansea


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