The route this week totals just under 42 miles and is never more than 15 miles from Newport, so may be a good opportunity for riders who prefer a shorter distance than the 50/60’s of the last few weeks.

The route, hill profile, and downloadable GPS files are here:

Start at 10:00 on Sunday 1st May at Fourteen Locks Canal Center.

After a tour through Pontypool, Newbridge and Ystrad Mynach we’ll follow one of the easier routes up to Caerphilly mountain Snack Bar. Unfortunately their website is down at the moment, however they do serve a variety of food and drink. Following extensive personal testing their burgers are particularly recommended, hence the title of this ride.

From there we’ll head back to Newport along the country lanes through Rudry and Draethen.




Maybe the hailstones at 3pm had something to do with it, but this week just 6 hardy time-trialists turned out for the 3rd Phoenix 10 of the season.

It was a 100% Phoenix field this week, and some impressive times were posted despite the blustery cold wind.

The results :-

  1. Owen Burgess – 24.34
  2. Phil Sims                 26.17
  3. Allan Hodgson – 26.37
  4. Roy Small –            26.47
  5. Beckie Comins – 28.22
  6. Dave Murphy –    34.25

It looks like being an interesting season in the points table this year, with several riders vying for the honors. A special mention also for Dave Murphy in his first TT this week. Excellent effort Dave.


10Mile Time Trial Results Tuesday  19th April
1 Gareth Rees Cwmcarn Paragon CC 24.07
2 Owen Burgess Newport Phoenix 24.46
3 Amy Hill Team Rytger 24.51
4 Paul Stephens Ross CC 24.54
5 Phil Sims Newport Phoenix 25.20
6 Morgan Jones Cwmcarn Paragon CC 25.23
7 Oliver Rowlands   25.40
8 Allan Hodgson Newport Phoenix 25.56
9 Trish Chalk   26.47
10 Beckie Comins Newport Phoenix 26.52
11 Paul Archer Newport Phoenix 26.58
12 Ryan Pike Cardiff Jif CC 27.20
13 Andrew Storey   27.42
16 Vince Edwards CC Topp (time adjusted) 30.11
14 Ed Hay   28.26
15 Sam Hay   29.25
17 Leighton Coleman   30.35
18 Alyn Jones Newport Phoenix 32.10
19 Linda Spillane   33.37


Club Run Sunday 24th April.

After the success of last weeks jaunt to Bryn Bach Park.


Phoenix tours is back.

This week’s club ride is an incursion deep into English territory, to visit the Cotswold town of Chipping Sodbury. The route is mostly “out and back”, though returning through Caldicot rather than the A48.

Start at 9:00 on Sunday 24th April at GWENT CYCLES, 422 Chepstow Rd, Newport, Gwent NP19 8JH.

The expected pace will be around 14-15 mph.
The route, hill profile and GPX files are here….

10Mile Time Trial Results 12/04/16

10Mile Time Trial Results Tuesday 12th April

  1. Amy Hill (Team Rytger)                                     24.36
  2. Phil Sims (Newport Phoenix CC)                25.06
  3. Owen Burgess (Newport Phoenix CC)    25.28
  4. Morgan Jones (Cwmcarn Paragon CC)    26.03
  5. Allan Hodgson  (Newport Phoenix CC)   26.20
  6. Roy Small  (Newport Phoenix CC)              26.30
  7. Paul Archer  (Newport Phoenix CC)         26.38
  8. Olly Anthony  (Newport Phoenix CC)      27. 06
  9. Becky Commins (Newport Phoenix CC) 27.30
  10. Pete Rowlands (Unattached)                         29.11
  11. Vince Edwards ( cc Topp)                                  32.14

Club Run Sunday 17th April.

imageAn untamed wilderness, ravaged by man and nature over centuries……

That’s enough about Barry Island, that was last week.

This week’s ride is over the archaeologically interesting, bleakly grandiose (and somewhat meteorologic-ally exposed!) Gelligaer Common.

We’ll then head for Bryn Bach park, which is roughly halfway. There is a visitor center in the park so we’ll stop there for coffee etc. The distance is a little over 50 miles, however after leaving the park it is gently downhill virtually all the way back to Newport.


Start at 9:00 on Sunday 17th April at FOURTEEN LOCKS CANAL CENTER.

The pace will once again be very easy so this should be within everyone’s capabilities.

The route, hill profile and GPX files are here….

Hope to see you there! Cheers, Allan

Chain gang

Chain Gang starts tonight 7/4/16 6:30pm. We meet at the pump station on Nort Row about 6.20pm and then depart the crossroads at the entrance to Tonew Kennels, Magor, Caldicot, Newport NP26 3DF at 6:30pm
The pace will be steady for a couple of weeks to allow people not familiar with the format to get used to it. It will consist of 3 6mile laps with the pace building gradually on each lap.
Hope to see lots of you there!