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 : )
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 – and routes vary.
Any questions do not hesitate to get in touch over on the Facebook page. The more, the merrier – quite literally.
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
Thank you Vic for this 46 mile 3,387ft of climbing Strava route .
This route breaches 1000ft once and heads out hilly and returns down the vale. Weather allowing this should be an accessible route for all.
Thank you Vic for this route, 65 miles and 6,042ft of climbing on Strava .
The route spends a prolonged period over 1000ft so would suit good weather. Dropping down to vale again before climbing back over the opposite range for a hilly return back to Meliden.
Thank you Donna for this shorter 43 mile 3,746ft route on Strava .
This route has a flat start but climbs up to over just over 1000ft three times. As the route heads to a point in the hills and heads back – suggested cafe stop was Llansannan pub/cafe stop.
Thank you Donna for this 68 mile 6,773ft route Strava route that takes out towards the Conwy Valley and back with lunch at Zip World.
It is the weekend of the Wild Wales Challenge – so we will be down in numbers. For those who have been offering their Wild Wales entries online – we will be posting an alternative adventure for you for Sunday. The route can be found over on Strava. The route covers 66 miles and 6000ft of climbing. There is no route leader this weekend.
Saints then out to Rhuddlan. YGC then Engine Hill then over to Llanfair TH, before the slow climb to to Llanrwst. A short A5 run before the seemingly endless tree covered climb to Nebo and down to Cerrigydriddion – then up past Llyn Brenig, then back via Denbigh then St Asaph over the A55 to Dyserth and home.
Many thanks to Susan for planning a route for this weekend. It can be found on Strava for downloading to your
“Intermediate ride for Sunday, meeting at Saints 9am but will pass through Rhuddlan around 9.20am. I thought we hadn’t been to the Orme for a while so that’s the plan unless weather, busy traffic, Wild Wales, etc. gets in the way : )” — Susan Seller
Meliden, Rhuddlan, Bodelwydn, Engine Hill, Betws-yn-Rhos, Old Colwyn, Rhos on Sea, Llandudno, Great Orme, old Colwyn, Abergele, St George, Bodelwyddan, Rhuddlan
Thank you to Si for plotting a 62 mile / 5.853ft climbed route on Strava for this weekend.
“Check out this route, VC TDF mini route with some bumps” — Si Jones
Setting out from Meliden towards Grontant (NOT RHUDDLAN), Llanasa then skirting along and up the hillside to Pentre Halkyn, then downhill into Mold.
Gwernymnydd, past loggerheads Tafarrn-y-Gelyn before the ascent to the top of the Clwyd Gate, and then down to Llanbedr DC and into Ruthin.
Ruthin out to Llanrheadr detour to Denbigh. Climbing out via Henllan – then the back route through Llannefydd, crossing the Glascoed / Roman Road before dropping into St George, and back via Bodelwyddan.
While the weather is not meant to be too choice for this weekend – this keeps options open, and takes in a bunch of climbing in the process.