Rides

Ruthin Cycling Club currently organises weekly group on-road rides as detailed below, and Time Trial events in the summer season.

We always aim to ‘Start as a group, Ride as a group and Finish as a Group.

We meet in Ruthin at the Recreation/Tennis/Footgolf Centre by the mini-roundabout at the junction of Mwrog Street and Lon Fawr, LL15 1LE

At present, we ask members to register their intention to join a ride by signing up on RideWithGPS. We email all members a reminder a few days beforehand. This makes it easier to plan riding groups and ride leaders. It also makes it much easier to record attendance for COVID track-and-trace purposes, which we are obliged to do.

On Sundays (9:00 am start, promptly!) we have three ability levels, covering 40-60 miles on pre-published routes using RideWithGPS.

The B’s average 11-13 mph (plus stops!) depending on how hilly it is and we make sure no-one gets left behind.

The Intermediates average say 13-15 mph with fewer stops

The A’s 15-17 mph over a longer distance.

All rides will do perhaps 3,000 to 5,000 feet climbing – we are in Wales! There is an arranged cafe stop half way and we expect the ride to take around 4 hours.

Periodically we organise longer Sunday rides, and occasionally we go somewhere different, eg starting in Betws y Coed to ride in Snowdonia, or to meet up with another club.

On Wednesdays (10:00 am start) we usually have two groups, depending on numbers. The routes and groups depend on the abilities of those riding:    one averaging 10-12 mph and the other perhaps 12-14 mph.

We aim to finish for a coffee in Ruthin at 12:00. The rides generally involve 1,500 – 2,500 feet climbing and the routes are decided collectively on the morning.

Evening activities. In the summer we sometimes have fast Thursday evening “chain-gang” rides and in the winter we organise indoor turbo sessions for members, last winter using Zoom.

Time Trials

The three local cycling clubs of Ruthin CC, VC Melyd and Rhyl CC have joined together to run a time trial league. Events take place between April and September.  There are a range of length of time trials including 5miles, 9miles, 10miles, 18 miles, 27miles, 37miles and 50miles, over different courses.  They mainly start and finish near Denbigh.

Please see the Rhyl CC website for full details here.

The results of the league are here.

RideWithGPS

We have a club membership with RideWithGPS which gives all members free access to our library of local routes and access to those routes as if you were a fully paid-up RWGPS subscriber. This benefit includes off-line, downloaded, turn-by-turn navigation on your smartphone using the RWGPS app. And you can use our route library to plan your own trips if you are not familiar with the area.

Below is a selection of typical club rides, but there are loads more in the Club Library. We go to several other destinations and regularly update the routes for variety. And sometimes they are changed on the day according to riders’ abilities and the weather!

A typical Wednesday ride for the “Not Quite So Fast” group: To Prion some 20 miles with 1,200 feet climbing.

Sunday B or Intermediate group ride To Bala, some 53miles with 3,600 feet climbing.

Sunday B group ride To Rhyl, some 46miles with 2,250 feet climbing.

Sunday A group ride To Llangollen, some 50miles with 4,700 feet climbing.

Other Ideas

We welcome proposals and ideas for different ride formats from both members and interested locals and will try out new ride ideas where they are supported by our members. In the past we have organised trips abroad and we periodically join up with other clubs or travel to ride in a different part of Wales, eg Snowdonia. If you have an idea for a ride you would like us to consider, please email us here.

Some members are also keen mountain bikers, gravel enthusiasts and bike packers/tourers etc – additional informal rides can be planned via our Facebook group.