VC Melyd Reliability Ride 2017

VC Melyd Reliability Ride 2017

Event Overview

This reliability ride is a challenging, scenic and undulating ride in beautiful North Wales. The route encompasses little known lanes and valleys. The route is 46 miles and 5200ft of climbing.


This event has Two objectives: Firstly to raise funds for charity (Breast Cancer). Secondly to enjoy a secluded ride through unspoilt country side affording you the opportunity to assess your fitness levels in anticipation of the season ahead.


This term is historic and dates back to the early years of the 20th Century when equipment was less robust, roads poorly sign posted, and mobile phones were none existent.

Advisory Notes

Due to the challenging and rural nature of this ride low geared winter bikes are advised (not the day to bring out your shiny carbon steed!). There are no cafes on the route so be prepared with adequate nutrition. No back up arranged so you are fully responsible for any mechanical issues

Event Date & Location

This ride is on Sunday 2nd April 2017, HQ is on Saint Asaph Common, entrance next to Fountain garage LL17 0RF. Sign on from 8.30 am, £5.00 minimum entrance fee (all donations to Charity). Post ride refreshments available. Please make your interest known on the VCM FB Group – along with any questions.

Route Information

With a change to the usual signs or road markings this year we have embraced technology and the route is available via Strava. Many thanks to Greg who has plotted the route for us and saved it as a route on his account. So without further ado here is the VC Meldy 2017 Reliability Trial route.

12th February – 54 miles / 3121ft

12th February – 54 miles / 3121ft

This week’s route takes us down the Vale of Clwyd once again. The route is 54.9 miles in length, and climbs 3,121ft – and can be found on Strava.

This route takes in four loops, and starts at Saints Gym Meliden, before picking up at Rhuddlan, and heading back on itself out towards the Waen, through Trefnant, top road to Denbigh, the steep way to Henllan, with the highest point being at Groes, before dropping back down to Denbigh.

The Five course to Llandyrnog, along to Llanfair DC, before Ruthin, Rhewl for the back way through Llanynys, and off to Llanrhaeadr before dropping back down to Denbigh again before home via the main road to St Asaph and bypass home.

Guess what – I’m on the rota again this Sunday – weather looking very cold and windy, so trying to stay low – kicking off at 9.30am from Saints, Nature Reserve at 9.45am – see you then.” — Mark Allen (Club Secretary)


5th February – 52mile / 3,168ft

5th February – 52mile / 3,168ft

This route provided by Mark this week. The route can be found on Strava here. Collecting at Rhuddlan, and heading towards the S Bends before taking the 5 course to Llandyrnog. With the turn for Pentrecelyn then back via the fast road from Ruthin, Llanrhaeder and back. The course is 52 miles in length and 3,168ft of climbing.

Hi all – my turn to plan & lead the ride for this Sunday. A fresh route that should work for all – not too hilly with link options if needed. So a good steady route, 50 miles and no serious climbing, everyone welcome. Cafe stop for those that want one at Ruthin, leaving Saints at 9.30am and a Rhuddlan pick up about 9.45am – weather looking ok, but cool – see you all on Sunday.” — Mark Allen (Club Secretary)

29th January – 50mile / 3,528ft

29th January – 50mile / 3,528ft

This weeks ride is bought to us by Sally. The route avoids Rhuddlan, and heads to Tremerchion, and down the West side of the range, then back via Caerwys after  turning at Llandegla to head back. The main climb is around Graig Fechan. The route can be found on Strava here.

A swap in the ride rota means it is my turn to plan the route for this Sunday 29th Jan. Towards Ruthin, Pentrecelyn, Llanarmon yn Lal, Cilcain. Leave Saints at 9.30am. NO Rhuddlan collection.” — Sally Cunliffe (Membership Secretary).

*This route was not ridden – and a flatter faster route to Conwy was chosen, before Sychnant Pass and back. This was due to ice at all heights.

22nd January – 50mile

22nd January – 50mile

This route from Vic heads over to the Conwy Valley avoiding the Black Cat descent and heading to Bodnant for a cafe stop.

Regretfully on the day the staff at Bodnant Garden Cafe were rude, so we headed down the road to the Welsh Food Centre, where we had a great time. Happy days.

This route pushes its luck with the mixed group with pushing 1000ft climbing every 10 miles.

Vic’s 50 mile strava route can be found here.

15th January – 54 mile

15th January – 54 mile

This route from Donna is out to the Denbigh Moors and back – taking in 54mile / 4,892ft of climbing.

Icey weather caused us to avoid high routes – and we headed along the coast and back.

This route will be a challenge for a combined group – seeing almost 1000ft of climbing for every 10 miles.

Donna’s 54 mile strava route can be found here.


Sunday Social to Great Orme – 26th November

Sunday Social to Great Orme – 26th November

A route offered up by Sally for this weekend given the frost that remained on the ground since last nights hard freeze. This can be  found for review or download to your GPS device at Strava here.

The route takes in around 51 miles (there is a repetition error at the end on Strava) and around 3500ft of climbing.

Not going, or more importantly – staying – too high, and keeping on well used roads reducing the risk. Tomorrow looks warmer than today – and we look forward to seeing you out.



Sunday Social to Ness Gardens 30th October

Sunday Social to Ness Gardens 30th October

Thank you to Vic for organising this weeks social ride.  57.7 miles, and 3,786ft of climbing – although flatter routes back are possible options depending on group size and ability.

“Sunday 30th Social Club Ride – Meet at Saints 9:30am
Cafe stop at Ness Gardens – suggested route attached.
Remember the clocks go back, So relish those extra 60 minutes in bed.”

— Vic Manley