Sunday Ride 12th November 2017

Sunday Ride 12th November 2017

Thank you to Alan for this one – he has made it available on Strava here. The route takes in 50.9 miles and 4,083ft of climbing. Heading up to Cilcain before crossing back over the Clywidian range to drop down the Clwyd Gate and into Ruthin for a cafe stop. The return route heads back via the 5mile TT route back to Denbigh, and then for those who require more up through Denbigh to Henllan or back via the bypass and both routes rejoining at Trefnant.

“Suggested ride for Sunday 12/11 depending on weather we could extend over Moel-y-crio. Leaving Saints at 9 am.” — Alan Overson, Founder.

The weather is due to be at best – poor – but *likely* to be dry. Five to six degrees – but with the North Wind reduces this to a “feels like freezing” – so dress cozy¬†: )

Sunday Ride 29th November

Sunday Ride 29th November

This weeks Sunday club ride route supplied by Sally – taking in 58 Miles and 4,075ft of climbing. This route heads EAST into England, and does not collect from Rhuddlan Nature Reserve. It can be found on Strava here.

While the route was announced as being suitable for all it is quite climb heavy at the offset and return – those happy with a faster pace may wish to head back along the A548. Wales Rally GB is taking place in an arc to the left of us, so this route should work around that.

Taking into account Mark’s advice about Wales Rally GB and Paul’s suggestion about the Wirral Way, I have plotted a suggested route for Sunday.
Heading east from Meliden, NOT picking up at Rhuddlan, skirting the foothills to join the Wirral Way at Deeside to take refreshments at Nets Cafe near Burton (good cakes).
Less than 60 gently rolling miles, suitable for us all.
Clocks go back so an extra hour in bed (Donna ūüôā ). Forecast looking promising, 11 degrees and 9mph winds.
— Sally (Membership secretary)

Autumn/Winter – Wednesday Night Rides

Autumn/Winter – Wednesday Night Rides

Following our recent post regarding the change to the evening ride schedule to introduce both Wednesday AND now Tuesday night rides again for Autumn / Winter 2017. Here follows is a little more information about what a typical ride involves. It can be a little offputting to let yourself in for something that you are not entirely sure what it is going to involve – so here are two examples to fill you in.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT / EVENING are intended as higher paced ride – usually along the Vale of Clwyd.

The last two weeks have seen average speeds of 15mph, routes between 30 and 40 miles, and 1,200ft and 1600ft of climbing. Routes will obviously depend on weather conditions but a traditional uphill and downhill format seems to be the current go-to. Rides are around two and a half to three hours on average.

What do you need? Lights for one thing. If you do not have lamps capable of ‘drying the tarmac in front of you’ or ‘setting fire to the rider in front’ – DO NOT FRET, riding around in a collective pool of light is surprisingly good – and not just because you cannot see the climb ahead. A priority, however (beyond being road legal, dressed for the weather etc.), is a good, visible rear lamp (with a spare if you have one) as being seen more of a concern than seeing where you are going half the time when riding in a mixed group in formation.

Rides start from Waen Gate at 1830hrs Рand routes vary.

Any questions do not hesitate to get in touch over on the Facebook page. The more, the merrier – quite literally.

 

Autumn Winter 2017 – Tuesday Night Rides

Autumn Winter 2017 – Tuesday Night Rides

Following our recent post regarding the change to the evening ride schedule to introduce both Wednesday AND now Tuesday again for Autumn / Winter 2017. Here follows is a little more information about what a typical ride involves. It can be a little offputting to let yourself in for something that you are not entirely sure what it is going to involve – so here are two examples to fill you in.

TUESDAY NIGHT / EVENING are intended as a social ride, an excuse to get out together as a group, ride, talk, generally enjoy ourselves.

The last two weeks have seen average speeds of 14mph, routes between 22 and 29 miles, and 1,200ft and 1600ft of climbing. Routes will obviously depend on weather conditions but a traditional uphill and downhill format seems to be the current go-to. Rides are around two hours on average.

What do you need? Lights for one thing. If you do not have lamps capable of ‘drying the tarmac in front of you’ or ‘setting fire to the rider in front’ – DO NOT FRET, riding around in a collective pool of light is surprisingly good – and not just because you cannot see the climb ahead. A priority, however (beyond being road legal, dressed for the weather etc.), is a good, visible rear lamp (with a spare if you have one) as being seen more of a concern than seeing where you are going half the time when riding in a mixed group in formation.

Rides start from the car park of Saints Gym, Meliden at 1830hrs – and routes vary.

Any questions do not hesitate to get in touch over on the Facebook page. The more, the merrier* – quite literally.

*Stop for refreshments in St. Asaph optional on way back.

 

Sunday Ride, 15th October 2017

Sunday Ride, 15th October 2017

This weeks ride is from the Legendary Alan Overson. 57 miles and 4,958ft of climbing. It can be found here on Strava.

The route heads out towards Gronant, so will not be stopping to collect at Rhuddlan.

Heading out through Trelogan, Holywell, Halkyn, to Mold, then the long ascent through Llanferres to the Lanarmon yn lal, then back down Shelf Lite before heading back to Ruthin.

Changes to the route may be made once underway.

The weather is due to be calm and warm, and the route is not expected to be afflicted by pockets of rain and mud as Saturday has been.

For further information or questions – contact the FB group and post on the suggested route. There is one ride planned this Sunday – so this is for all abilities – be there.

 

 

 

Sunday ride sunday 8th october 2017

Sunday ride sunday 8th october 2017

This weekend’s Sunday ride is from Sally Cunliffe – taking in 59 miles and climbs 4800ft. The route can be found here on Strava.

“Leaving Saints at 9am and Rhuddlan Nature Reserve at 9.20am.”

The route heads out from Rhuddlan, up Engine Hill, and toward Betws Yn Rhos – Llanfair TH, then the back route via Pandy Tudor to B5113 before turning for Nebo and down to Pentrefoelas.

The return takes the climb back up over the moors towards Bylchau, turning at Groes for Henllan and back via the S bends to St Asaph.

Highest points on the route 1250ft approaching Nebo, and on the 1516 feet over the moors.

For further information approaching the day – please contact the VC Melyd Facebook Page directly.

Please Note: At this time there are NOT two groups riding on a Sunday. Please do attend if you would usually head out on the slower ride, and the pace will be adjusted accordingly.

Both routes – Sunday 12th February

Both routes – Sunday 12th February

Thank you to Graeme for this weeks route – 62 miles and 5,500ft of climbing, available on Strava.

The route has a number of turn back points including post Orme, and post Sychnant.

Those of you with Speedplay pedals and lacking the ability to levitate would be well advised to take FULL COVERS with them if they are intended to do the Sychnant Pass climb, as the coastal path stretch from the Conwy will very likely involve walking on sand.

My turn to plan for Sunday this week, so let’s try a coastal classic – Great Orme and Sychnant. Progressively bigger hills as the route goes on, but some options for cutting short depending on weather (or fitness!). Cafe in Conwy – after the Sychnant – you have to earn your cake! 9.30 from Saints, 9.45 at Rhuddlan. See you Sunday.” — Graeme Peacock