Swansea and west Wales Rides Programme 2018

Swansea and west Wales Rides Programme 2018

Date:     21-July-2018

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 – LEISURE.  For 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.

All rides will have a leader and back marker, we have a no drop policy and are fully supportive to all riders.

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Wednesday 18-Jul-18. A grade 3+ Moderate ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Carl Preece 07813800924

Destination: The Black Mountain Centre Café Brynamman. Out via Mynydd y Gwair, over Cefn Gwrhyd and up to Brynamman. Back via Ammanford and Garnswllt. Est 50 lumpy miles.

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Wednesday 18-Jul-18, a Grade 2 leisure ride

Meeting: McDonald’s Briton Ferry 10.00, BK Neath 10.30, Pontardawe Cross 11.00

Leader: John Cardy 07711175337

Destination: Brynamman. Est 36 miles

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July 18-28 2018, Another Ireland Tour,  

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Friday 20-Jul-18, A Coffee ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Colin Wooldridge 07816218443

Destination: Burry Port.

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Sunday 22-Jul-18, a Grade 3+ Moderate ride

Meeting: Sainsbury’s SA1 10.00, McDonald’s Briton Ferry 10.30

Leader: Carl Preece 07813800924

Destination: The Ogmore valley / Bwlch circular. Up the Ogmore valley via Blackmill, over the Bwlch and back down the Afan valley. Est 60 miles

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Sunday 22-Jul-18, a Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Sainsbury’s SA1 10.00

Leader: Mike O’Driscoll 07878994708

Destination: Ystradgynlais via the Swansea valley. Return via Abercraf, Glynneath and the Neath valley. Est 45 miles.

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Wednesday 25-Jul-18 A grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: Llandovery, West End café 10.00

Leader: Peter Jones 07870454058

Destination: Llandeilo via valley of the river Cothi, passing Rhandirmwyn bridge and the Dolacothi Gold Mines to Pumpsaint, then along the Talley Rd to Llandeilo for lunch. Returning to Llandovery along the A40 for a short stretch to Llangadog and then along the B road to the start point. 42 miles.

 

 

Also: A Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: The Railway Inn Killay 10.00, Blackpill 10.15

Leader: David Naylor 01792233755

Destination: Port Eynon via Mumbles head, Murton, South Gower, Oxwich and Penrice. Return via an inland route. Est 36 miles

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Sunday 29-Jul-18, a Grade 3 moderate ride

Meeting. Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Steve Darnell 07904933222

Destination: The White Hart Llanddarog. Out via Hendy, Llannon, Tumble, Drefach and Portyrhyd. Return via Llandyfaelog, Llansaint and Kidwelly. Est 50 miles.

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Sunday 29-Jul-18, a grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: The Railway Inn, Killay 10.00

Leader: Mike O’Driscoll 07878994708

Destination: Rhossili via Welsh Moor, Bury and Scrlage. Return via Llanrhidian and the Marsh Rd.  Est 36 miles

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Wednesday 01-Aug-18, a Grade 3 Moderate ride

Meeting: The West End Café Llandovery 10.00

Leader: Peter Jones 07870454058

Destination: Builth Wells, lunch at the Golf Club. 46 miles.

 

 

Also: A Grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Pat Hansard 07957287013

Destination: Kidwelly via the Swiss valley, Horeb and Mynydd Pembrey, Return via NCR4,

Est 40 miles

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Friday 03-Aug-18. A Paddle boarding experience

Meeting: TBC

Leader: Pat Hansard.

Destination: TBC

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Sunday 05-Aug-18 A Grade 2+ Leisure ride

Meeting: Chepstow, details TBC

Leader: Chris Walsh 07941823729

Destination: Lost Lanes of Wales #29. In Ruins, approx. 30 miles, 2,700’ of climbing.

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Sunday 05-Aug-18, a grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting

Leader:

Destination:

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Wednesday 08-Aug-18, A grade 3 moderate ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Steve Darnell 07904933222

Destination: Pontacothi, lunch at the Cresselli Arms. 56 miles

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Sunday 12-Aug-18, a grade 3+ Moderate ride

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Castell Carreg Cennen via Pontarddulais, Garnswllt, Ammanford, Brynamman, the Black Mountains, Brest Cwm Llwyd, Cefn-fedw and Ferdre Fawr to drop “down” to the Castle. Return via Llandybie, Capel Hendre, Llanedi, Pontarddulais. A lumpy 100k.

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Sunday 12-Aug-18, a grade 2 Leisure ride

Meeting: Pyle Leisure Centre

Leader: Ian Gofton 07713183999

Destination: Llantwit Major. Est 46 miles.

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Wednesday 15-Aug-18, a grade 2+ Leisure ride

Meeting: The Canal Basin, Brecon

Leader: Julian Griffiths 07816175402

Destination: A circular ride with lunch at Pontsticyll. Est 30 miles

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Sat 18-Aug-18 to Sat 25-Aug-18

The Gower Cycling Festival.

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Sunday 19-Aug-18, a grade 3 Moderate ride. A Gower Cycling Festival ride

Meeting: Dunvant RFC 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Kidwelly. Out via Pontarddulais, Hendy, Llannon, Pontyberem, Pontyates, Pontantwn, Llandyfaelog, Llansaint. Return via NCR 4. Est 50 miles, lumpy out and flat back.

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Sunday 19-Aug-18, a grade 2 Leisure ride. A Gower Cycling Festival ride.

Meeting: Dunvant RFC 10.00

Leader: Pat Hansard 07957287013

Destination: King Arthur’s Stone. Out via the Marsh Rd to Llanrhidian, then via Fairyhill to Reynoldston for lunch at the King Arthur. Return via Cefn Bryn (Arthur’s Stone).

28 miles with some hills.

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Wednesday 22-Aug-18, Gower Cycling Festival rides.

Meeting: Dunvant RFC 10.00

Leaders: Grade 3 Ian Davies. Grade 2 David Naylor.

Destination: Brynamman, The Black Mountain Centre Cafe.

Grade 3 route TBC.

Grade 2 route - Out via Pontarddulais, Garnswllt, Ammanford, Cycle path to Brynamman for lunch at the Black Mountain Café. Return via the Swansea valley NCR 43 and then around Swansea Bay and NCR 4 up the Clyne valley. Est 45 miles with some longish hills.

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Sunday 26-Aug-18, a grade 3 Moderate ride.

Meeting: Gowerton 10.00

Leader: Ian Davies 07813856969

Destination: Gelli Aur via Hendy. Llannon, Tumble, Porthyrhyd, Llanarthne. Return via Milo, Pentre Gwenlais, Llandybie, Ammanford, Garnswllt, Pontarddulais. A lumpy 100k.

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Sunday 26-Aug-18, a grade 2 Leisure ride.

Meeting:

Leader:

Destination:

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Wednesday 29-Aug-18, a grade 3 moderate ride

Meeting: Pontardawe Cross 10.00

Leader: Peter Jones 07870454058

Destination: Llandovery. Out via the Cray and Sennybridge. Return via Llangadog, the Black Mountains and Brynamman. Est 50+ miles

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Sunday 02-Sept-18, Grade 3 moderate ride.

Meeting: TBC

Leader: Steve Darnell

Destination: TBC. This ride will meet the Tour of Britain on Route, possibly at Llandeilo or Llandovery.

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Sunday 02-Sept-18, a grade 2 leisure ride.

Meeting:

Leader:

Destination:

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Sunday 09-Sept-18. Treasure Hunt.

Meeting: TBC 09.30 – 10.30

Details to follow, watch this space!

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Sunday 16-Sept-18. A Grade 4 Challenging ride.

Meeting: McDonald’s Briton Ferry 10.00

Leader: John Cardy. 07711175337

Destination: The annual Mountain Basher. Anti-clockwise. Over Baglan Mtn, up and over The Bwlch, down into the Rhondda valley, up and over The Rhigos, down to Glynneath and  then up to Banwen and down the Dulais valley.

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