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.


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.




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 РJunior 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 Рif 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.

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

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)