HSBC City Ride Cardiff

On the 6th August Cardiff plays host to British Cycling’s “City Ride Cardiff”. In our previous post, details were a little thin on the ground but now there is a video and a starting location.

Whilst we don’t have a route yet, we know that the start point is Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay (CF10 5AN).

We would guess that there will be some sort of loop around the Bay Trail. Starting from Roald Dahl Plass, the Bay Trail would probably be the easiest & safest loop to arrange and martial. However, this is purely a guess and we’ve been scouring the darkest recesses of the Council’s website looking for anything resembling a road closure to indicate something different. We’ll let you know if we find out any more.

Of course, there will be other things to do at Roald Dahl Plass besides ride, including a range of stands & stalls. It should be a fun day out for people of all ages.

If you haven’t signed up yet, head over to letsride.co.uk/city-ride/Cardiff.

Update

The route has now been revealed and well, it’s rather disappointing. From Roald Dahl Plas it heads across the barrage and then doubles back. Bearing in mind the 6th August is a Sunday, unless it is emptying down with rain the path between the Dr Who Exhibition to the start of the road across the barrage is going to be busy.

Now, we shouldn’t be too surprised. Aside from taking the Taff Trail to the end of Hailey Park and back, safe cycle routes in Cardiff are, to put it bluntly, like hen’s teeth. Yes, they could have applied to close a couple of roads, but residents and businesses would have objected and it probably wouldn’t have happened. Maybe they’ll have more luck in 2020.

Fingers crossed.

Still, it may be a bit of fun to go along, but don’t expect to get much riding in. If you’d like something more challenging, as luck would have it, Evans Cycles is putting a ride on that day too. It costs £10 to enter, but it’s a 30 mile or 48km ride down to Peterstone Wentloog, through Marshfield and all the way up to Machen before returning via Caerphilly. You can read more about that one on their website

Gavin

Bike commuter, randonneur and cat wrangler

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