Club Rides


Club Rides

In the summer the Black Cats meet up to four times a week, different rides cater for different abilities and levels of fitness. Below will give you an idea what to expect on each ride, however please check the message board before a ride to find details of the route.

If you haven’t been out with the club before – have a look through the rides below and see what ride best suits you, all the members are pleased to see new faces and pride themselves in being welcoming, supportive and inclusive to anyone that wants to give it a go!

Spring/Summer Rides

From the first week in April to the first week in September, the Black Cat Cycling Club ride programme is as follows:

Sunday

11052490_10206067182459252_8701562363686761228_nMeeting Point: Black Cat Roundabout, Glan Conwy Corner, Conwy, LL28 5LB.

Time: 9 AM

The Sunday club run is at the heart of the Black Cat Cycling Club. This ride is typically for riders who have gained experience on the Saturday rides and want to be pushed a little further. Distances range from 60 – 110 miles and often take in some of the toughest climbs in the area, with speeds averaging 16 – 19 miles per hour.

Saturday

Meeting Point: Black Cat Roundabout, Glan Conwy Corner, Conwy, LL28 5LB

Time: 9 AM

The Saturday ride tends to be an easier paced ride in comparison to Sunday ride and is great for building fitness, for newcomers and those who have had some time away from cycling. This ride goes at the pace of the slowest rider and usually averages 13-15 miles per hour. If you can cycle 30 miles comfortably this ride shouldn’t be out of your reach. Distances range from 30 – 70 miles, longer rides are generally planned in a way that means there are plenty of opportunities to turn back if you want to cover a shorter distance.

Tuesday – Chain Gang

cropped-10696433_645942138854480_4653616161649514304_n.jpgMeeting Point: Black Cat Roundabout, Glan Conwy Corner, Conwy, LL28 5LB.

Time: 6:30 PM

This is a fast paced ride and should only be attempted by those who have plenty of experience riding in groups and have a high level of fitness. The chain gang consists of a group of riders, riding in a formation, similar to team time trials you may have seen in professional cycling. Each rider takes a turn riding on the front of the pack, whilst riders from the rear are constantly moving forward taking the place of the front rider.

The route is the same each week, going from Black Cat roundabout, up Bodnant Hill, once the riders re group at the bottom of the hill, they then begin riding ‘through and off’, along to Betws Y Coed on the A470 and back along the lanes to Llanrwst, rejoining the A470 again.

It is essential that every rider remains focussed on what they are doing as they ride very close together at high speed and one mistake can bring the whole group down. Unlike the other Black Cat rides, if you lose contact with the group during the chain gang it will carry on without waiting for you.

 

Summer Chain Gang Route

Total distance: 30.36 mi
Total climbing: 621 m
Total descent: -622 m
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Thursday

Meeting Point: Black Cat Roundabout, Glan Conwy Corner, Conwy, LL28 5LB.

Time: 5:30 PM

A much easier paced ride compared to Tuesdays chain gang.

Autumn/Winter Rides

From the second week in September to the last week in March, the Black Cat ride programme is as follows:

Note: Please keep an eye on the message board as winter rides may be called off, if icy weather conditions mean it is unsafe to ride on the roads. Often club members will chose to ride on a mountain bike course instead if this is the case. 

Sunday

11953247_10153126024326305_2390254228559025378_nMeeting Point: Black Cat Roundabout, Glan Conwy Corner, Conwy, LL28 5LB.

Time: 9 AM

Sunday rides in the winter are very similar to those in the summer, the average speed generally slowing towards Christmas and then beginning to pick up pace again in the new year.

Saturday

Meeting Point: Black Cat Roundabout, Glan Conwy Corner, Conwy, LL28 5LB

Time: 9 AM

As per the spring/summer Saturday ride.

Tuesday

10551716_649088415206519_3815271583181908020_oMeeting Point: Black Cat Roundabout, Glan Conwy Corner, Conwy, LL28 5LB.

Time: 6:00 PM

Whilst there is still some light the towards the end of the summer the Tuesday ride meets earlier. Once the clocks have gone back the ride time returns to the usual 6:30 PM time. This ride is not as fast as the summer chain gang rides and is usually around 30 miles long.

Good  front and rear lights are essential!