All Change: Winter Evening Rides

All Change: Winter Evening Rides

As the evenings draw in, and longer, warmer kit and lights are putting in appearances it is time to review the VC Melyd Winter Riding Schedule.

Through the summer we had seen a move to Wednesday evening social rides. These allowed those who wanted to compete in the TT events and also get in a social ride during the week the evening afterwards – and vice versa.

The move is now to two rides during the week:

TUESDAY NIGHT RIDE – 1830hrs Saints Gym, Meliden – social ride.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE – 1830hrs Waen Gate*, Waen – higher tempo for a loop of the vale.

Do check in with Facebook for specifics on a week by week basis… turnout obviously dependant on YOU and others just like you. Don’t be a fair weather rider!

This brings the week to the following shape:

Monday night – Ladies Track Session (no lights), Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.

Tuesday night Social Ride (lights), 1830hrs, Saints Gym, Meliden.

Wednesday nightHigher Tempo Ride (lights), 1830hrs, Waen Gate.

Thursdsay night – Junior track session, 1800-1900hrs, Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.

Saturday day – Ladies Ride (although mixed turn out) – with cafe stop;

Sunday day – Classic club ride all speeds welcome – with cafe stop;

Be considerate out there people – if you are not running mudguards yet, it may be time to start thinking about it!

“There is new ride planning from October, we will revert back to Tuesday night social ride from Saints @ 18.30. In addition, a Wednesday night ride is planned at a higher tempo (but not a chain gang). The Wednesday ride will meet at Waen Gate @ 18.30 and do a set loop of the Vale with various opt-outs available. A chain gang session is also envisaged at some point. Hopefully, this plan will encompass a wide cross-section of members and maintain the impetus of winter riding. I propose a reccy of vale loop tomorrow evening meeting at Waen Gate .” — Steve Sharp (Club President)

Note: *Waen Gate‘ is the car park next to the roundabout/sliproad that provides exit/access to the Eastboundound.

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)


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