It is often said that the heart of any cycling club is its organised weekly club runs. For Cardiff Ajax, our main club run is the Sunday morning ride, although additional mid week rides take place for specialised groups – e.g. novices / new members, and race training rides.
The Sunday club rides are primarily a social ride leaving Maindy stadium at 9.30am and routes vary on a weekly basis. Depending on attendance, there will be a number of groups heading out, and riders should try to find a group that matches their ability. Ideally, the biggest group size is around 16 riders – anything bigger should be split before setting off.
Rides vary in length from 45 – 75+ miles, with a coffee stop (note that the fastest group may not stop!). Routes are generally published in the week before the ride.
There is also a schedule of beginners rides, aimed at people new to road riding – these are around 25 miles and will be lead by a club member. Please see the calendar for dates!
Groups may not include a ride leader – please take a look at our ride etiquette page to see what is expected of a rider.
It is important that any rider taking part has their current membership card in case of emergency, reviews and understands the route, ensures their bike is in good working order and that they have enough food/drink and spares.
Ladies rides and beginners rides
We frequently run rides for beginners and ladies-only rides – please see the calendar for details.
This is a shorter road ride from Rhiwbina, usually with only one group. We meet at the crossroads. It’s Pantbach Road/Beulah Road/Heol y Deri at 9am on Saturday mornings. Rides are normally around 45-50 miles and can be moderate to quick in pace.
Wednesday Winter Training – Maindy Track
These sessions are coach led training sessions. They will normally consist of chaingang sets with recovery periods in between.
These sessions are for members or prospective members. Guests can ride twice but must then join. Riders from other clubs will need to become 2nd claim / associate members of the club.
Coaches will assess your riding and issue you with a coloured number for the group that matches your ability.
Beginners or riders that haven’t ridden on the track or chaingang with us before will ONLY be permitted to start on the first Wednesday (with the exception of all of September).
First timers with Elite 1st,2nd or 3rd cat licences will be allowed to join the 7.15pm session after speaking with the coach to understand the way the session works.
The session times and rider level are as follows :-
Session 1. 6 – 7:30pm – Steady & Improvers
Steady – Below the blue line
Improvers – Above the blue line
Session 2. 7:30 – 9pm – Intermediate & Fast
Intermediate – Below the blue line
Fast – Above the blue line
Cost : £3 Seniors, Under 18 Ajax Members FREE
This session is for road bikes – no fixed wheel is permitted.
Helmets are to be worn at all times on the track.Beware when crossing the track to enter or leave by the gate.The coaches are there to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable ride so please take note of any advice/comments made.Unlike most other sessions on the track, the coaches will not allow riders to ride slowly around the top of the track-waiting for their group to catch up.If you are not in a group you must ride at the bottom. This is for the safety of everyone as the faster riders are riding at the top and may not see you.
For more information contact Rob Warren from the Contact Us page
Wednesday Summer Training Ride – Newport Flats Chaingang
During the summer, we meet at Maindy before riding out to the Newport Flats for a chaingang training session. For members or by invitation only. Riders must be confident riding in a group and know how to ride a chaingang formation. Groups are split by ability – the slower group may do an out and back of around 15 miles, and the faster groups may include one or more loops and ride 25 miles.
Monday Winter Training – Maindy Track
These sessions are coach led training sessions for geared bikes (no track bikes). They will normally consist of chaingang to warm up followed by individual efforts and some group riding adapted to suit the ability of riders that turn up.
These sessions are suitable only for people who can do chaingang and are competent in a group wanting to do a harder session.
For members or by invitation only.
7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.
Cost : £3 Seniors, Under 18 Ajax Members FREE
Monday Summer Training Ride – Newport Flats Team Time Trial
During the summer, we meet at Maindy before riding out to the Newport Flats for a TTT-style training session. For members or by invitation only.