CTC Swansea and West Wales Member Group

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Rides Programme

 

From:               Ian Davies.  [email protected]  07813856969

Date:                25-May-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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Sunday: 28-May-17 Grade 4 Challenging ride

Meeting: Pontardawe Cross 10.00

Leader: James Anderson 07974320723 

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.


A shorter alternative Grade 3.    Ian Davies 07813856969

As above from Pontardawe to Trecastle, then right to Senny Bridge for lunch and return via the Crai Reservoir. 48 miles.

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Sunday: 28-May-17 Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Norwegian Church SA1 10.00

Leader: Chris Walsh 07941823729

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 Grades 2+3 rides

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leaders: To be confirmed on the day

Destination: Kidwelly. Optional routes to be decided by the leaders on the day

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Sunday: 04-Jun-17 Grade 2-3 ride

Meeting: Brecon Canal Basin / Theatre 10.00

Leader: Julian Griffiths 07816175402

Destination: Builth Wells. The B4520 to Builth Wells and NCR8 alongside the river Wye returning to Brecon. Est 40 miles with some lumps

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Wednesday: 07-Jun-17

Meeting: Pontardawe Cross 10.00

Leader: Peter Jones 07870454058

Destination: Aberdare. Up the Swansea valley to Abercrave then cross over to Glynneath, up the back to Rhigos and Hirwaun to Aberdare. Return down the Neath valley past Resolven, Cadoxton and Neath, back over to Pontardawe via Bryncoch and Rhos.

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Sunday: 11-Jun-17 A Special ride.

Meeting: McDonald’s Briton Ferry 10.00

Leader: John Ridd 07883184834

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.

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Colin Wooldridge 07816218443

Destination: Kidwelly. Along the coast roads

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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.


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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

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Carl Preece 07813800924 

Destination: Llanarthne. Out via the Swiss valley, Porthyrhyd, Wright’s Food Emporium for lunch, return via Cefneithin, Cwmgwil, Llanedi, Pontarddulais.

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

Meeting: Sailbridge 08.00

Leader: John Cardy 07711175337

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

Meeting: Pyle Leisure Centre 10.00

Leader: Ian Gofton 07713183999

Destination: Llanwit Major. Approx 45 miles

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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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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 Crai Res. Est 46 lumpy miles

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Sunday 13-Aug-17: Grade 3 ride – Gower Cycling Festival

Meeting: Dunvant RFC 10.00

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Destination: Henrhyd Falls.

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Sunday 13-Aug-17: Grade 2 ride – Gower Cycling Festival

Meeting: Dunvant RFC 10.00

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Destination: King Arthurs Stone.

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Wednesday 16-Aug-17: Grade 2 ride – Gower Cycling Festival

Meeting: Dunvant RFC 10.00, Sail Bridge SA1 10.30

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Destination: Rivers and canals of the Swansea and Neath valleys

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Thursday 17-Aug-17: A Grade 3 ride – Gower Cycling Festival

Meeting: Dunvant RFC 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Carreg Cennen Castle.

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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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