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Phoenix Tours

Phoenix Tours is BACK, with fortnightly club rides during September and October for people who like a longer ride with a few hills and weekly rides of around 20/30 flat miles around the moors.

The longer weekend ride is to Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean, where the cafe under construction in the attached photo is now open. The distance is 69 miles.

The downloadable route is here:

Meet at 9:00 on Sunday 18th Sept, at the entrance to the Newport Sports Village swimming pool.

NP19 4RA


Sunday 18th September 2016. Steady ride.
Motorpoint Newport

NP19 4YR
Depart 10am.
Easy 20 mile on Phoenix TT20 route. More if you want to continue.
Coffee, Cake or Bacon rolls in Motorpoint at finnish for those who need it.


Phoenix Events for September

The Time Trials are all but over for another year, all that remains is the annual tussle with Ross-on-Wye and Royal Dean Forest for the honours in the Vintage Tankard on Sunday 2nd October on our 20mile TT course at 10am.

Wednesday 7th of September sees the return of spin sessions at the Velodrome 7:30pm. A great way to keep those legs turning through the winter and to keep in touch with other club members.

Chain gang will continue in September on a Thursday evening times to confirmed each week on Facebook.
Friday 9th September will see the return of Circuit training at Llanwern high school 6:30pm -7:30pm. The perfect way to work your all round fitness and core strength ready for the next cycling season.

Phoenix Tours Family Ride.


The  first Family Bike Ride of the 2016 season will take place on Sunday, 8th May, 2016.

The route will be the popular old railway track route from Pontypool to Blaenavon and return, a distance of approx. 20 miles over very gently inclining terrain with good surfaces and featuring an excellent coffee / lunch stop at the Blaenavon Heritage Centre.

Meeting time is 10.00 AM at Pontypool Leisure Centre Car Park

Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome and further rides will be organised during the Spring / Summer.

Anyone requiring further information please contact Chris Davies at Gwent Cycles 01633 283255

The route for family ride.





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.