Club Weekend 2009

The September 2009 Club Weekend was based at the Ambassador Hotel in Llandudno. We were blessed with excellent weather, which combined with interesting rides and superb scenery all led to a superb weekend. 23 riders took part this year and with the usual format of a minibus and van, together with a couple of support cars, we all headed off to Rhyl for the first ride.

Having found a free car park in the middle of Rhyl, a motley collection of riders and bikes and one tandem headed to the seafront and on to the wonderful seafront cycleway to Prestatyn. Having negotiated Prestatyn, we joined another cycleway, this time a disused railway which climbed steadily to Dyserth. A small delay for a puncture for Martyn, then it was on through pleasant lanes to cross an impressive cycle bridge and into St Asaph for lunch. Chaos reigned as we descended on the cafe but all was eventually sorted and we resumed the ride. Through a park then onto a cycleway alongside the main road and we entered Rhuddlan. The final off-road smooth track was alongside the river and through several gates back into Rhyl. Bikes were re-loaded and it was on to Llandudno.

For weeks the spectre of the Great Orme Challenge had loomed and so, whilst the rest sunbathed and relaxed outside the hotel, nine intrepid cyclists and one runner headed for the Great Orme. The Challenge was whether Julia, on foot, could reach the summit before Andy S (having swapped the tandem for a single bike) could ride the longer route to the top. Officially, the race was declared a tie. Leaving Julia to run back down, the others continued round the Orme to complete the ride.

After an enjoyable evening, we re-loaded the next morning and headed for Felinheli near Bangor, and a pleasant seafront start to the ride. A short, steep climb took us onto the Lon Menai cycle path which wound along the waterfront into Caernarfon.

Our route took us through the middle of the town then over a footbridge out of the town. A quiet lane then led us along the sea front of Foryd Bay then inland to Llandwrog and lunch at Dinas Dinlle. After lunch, we made our way back through Llandwrog, where temporarily we lost Martyn, before a longish climb up to meet the second cycleway, the Lon Eifion. Another wonderful surface, with the added benefit of being mainly downhill and then the last few miles being alongside the Welsh Highland Railway, gave us a good ride back to Caernarfon. Winding back through the town, we rejoined the Lon Menai cycleway to return to the vehicles. Having re-loaded, it was off for home, spoilt only by a massive traffic jam at Chester.