Our next Sportive is on 19th May 2024

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Black Rat Cycling – Bristol Sportive and Cycling Trips

Bristol Sportive

The Black Rat is a cyclosportive in Bristol and it is one of the most popular sportives in the south west.

Our 2024 event will take place on Sunday 19 May. 

We are delighted to announce that we will be partnered in the 2024 edition of the Sportive by Portishead Cycling Club (PCC).

Online entries are now closed. We will accept entries on the day, but please pay in cash, as we do not have card facilities.

PCC have helped us out for several years by providing marshals and feed station staff. For 2024, we are taking our partnership to the next level where PCC members will have input into the set up and running of the event. This will be a massive help to us because with more people helping out, we can put on a much better event for you.

We have come up with three cracking routes for our next sportive, taking you over the Severn Bridge and deep into the Monmouthshire (and a bit of Powys) countryside.

The Granfondo route takes you up to Gospel Pass, the highest road in Wales.

Mediofondo riders get to ride on the beautiful and quiet roads around Monmouthshire.

Piccolofondo riders will enjoy the lovely lanes around the Wye Valley and Monmouth before climbing back up to the top of the Wye Valley.

Cycling Trips In Europe

We also organise cycling trips each year. Recent trips included the Route des Grandes Alpes, from Lake Geneva to Menton on the Mediterannean Coast, crossing some of the highest mountains in the French Alps, regular trips to Portugal, a fantastic week riding and wine tasting coming up in Tuscany in June 2024 and a week riding famous cols in the Pyrenees in September.

In June 2022, we took a group across the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean coast to St. Jean de Luz on the Atlantic coast. We crossed the whole of the French Pyreneen range including some of the iconic cols used in the Tour de France – The Tourmalet, Peyresourd, Aubisque, Aspin and many more.

We also arrange bespoke trips for groups – please tell us where you want to ride and we will do all of the organisation for you.

In 2024, we have a fabulous trip to Tuscany in Italy, arranged in June. This will suit riders who enjoy riding in beautiful countryside, fantastic food and wonderful wine. Take a look – this could be right up your strada!

We will also be taking a trip to Andalusia at the beginning of June. This trip promises to be one for riders who enjoy riding in the mountains as we will head up from the coast into Sierra Nevada for some excellent days on the bike. (Details will be on the website very soon)

We also offer Race / Event Timing. If you run a timed sporting event, check out our service!

Who we are

We have been successfully organising the Black Rat Sportive in Bristol since 2018.

Our first sportive was based around the Mendips, since this is an area that we know very well from riding locally ourselves. However we decided to give our riders something different and found some routes taking them over the Severn Bridge and through the Forest of Dean to Monmouth and back.

Now in 2024, our riders will cross the highest road in Wales – Gospel Pass along with many other fabulous places in Monmouthshire and Powys.

What we do

Our rides to Wales have been a tremendous success and very popular, but avoiding busy roads in Bristol has been a challenge, prompting us to move to our new HQ at Marlwood School, Alveston.

The new HQ gives us easy access to the quiet roads of Severn Vale, which take riders to the Severn Bridge and over to the lovely roads of South Wales.

Check out the events to see this year’s routes!

Thanks to Chris Kemp for use of some photos on this website!

Dear All

Just a quick note to say thank you and well organised. This was my second ever event and really enjoyed it, even though some bits were hurting for the last 10 miles!

Thanks again.

Best trip ever ….. 

The Route des Grand Alpes in 2019 was very well organised; riders are well supported on the road; it was good fun … a challenge but a very enjoyable one. 

The trip exceeded my expectations and by the last day I’d already signed up for next year’s trip without even knowing where they were going!

Firstly, many thanks for a great Granfondo course on Sunday, easily the best Rat I’ve yet ridden.
Really liked the venue and as you say all staff were helpful and friendly.
And GREAT to see draught Black Rat back on the menu!

I enjoyed my ride on sunday and am now fully recovered…just!
So thank you for a great day.

I joined the Pyrenees Coast 2 Coast trip in 2022. I loved every minute of it! Fantastic routes, great back up from the team and a really fun crowd to enjoy the evenings with after finishing each day’s ride. Thanks!

Thanks very much for a great ride, my first Black Rat but not my last.

Big thank you to every one! such a well run event I had a great day!
This was my first Black Rat C/S and already pencilled in for next year!!