New members are welcome to join us on our Saturday club run which takes place year-round. We meet at Brunel Lock Road, which is conveniently located just around the corner from BW Cycling. Typically, we offer three ride options, as explained below. However, depending on the number of participants, we may have two to four rides available.
Led by our club manager Brian, usually covering a distance of 80-100km at an average speed of 25-27km/h. New members, except those with extensive group riding should start here.
Our cycling routes take you through some of the most beautiful countryside in the area, including Wales, Cheddar, Weston-Super-Mare, and Gloucester. We stick to scenic, low-traffic lanes and include some of the area’s most iconic climbs. Plus, all rides will feature a well-deserved café stop midway through.
We are always keen to welcome new riders to join Bristol Road Club. If you’re interested in joining a ride, please reach out to Brian O’Kelly beforehand so he can offer you guidance on our ride format. We also offer a dedicated New Members Ride on the first Saturday of each month.
Usually commencing the week after the clocks go forward. Group size is limited for safety, with 2-4 groups heading out with careful placement of riders to ensure compatible speeds. We try to hold groups together, but those unable to maintain the pace will be dropped, although we regroup at the A38 for the ride back to Bristol.
Chaingang is a members-only ride. Please do not show up without first introducing yourself to Chris Jones via email including your contact details. Chris will assign you to a group of compatible riders and provide all relevant information on the meeting time and location. Our group size limits are in place for everyone’s safety. We ask that you’re honest about your pace and follow the ride protocol – you are expected to ride through and off and not sit on! It is best to start in a slower group and work your way up, and this is imperative if you have not done chaingang before.
The Nova Chaingang is an institution of the Bristol cycling scene going back several decades, but it is not connected to Bristol Road Club or British Cycling in an official capacity. This ride meets at the Nova Scotia and operates independently.
New Members Ride
Our new starter ride is on the first Saturday of the month. This ride aims to welcome prospective members and introduce those who are new to group riding skills. Usually we cover at least 80+km at an average speed of 25kph.
This is a regular social ride, usually to Cheddar, and not more than 26kph average. Meet at the Clifton Suspension Bridge on the Clifton side. This ride has been going for over 15 years, but it's not a Bristol Road Club organised ride. For more information, contact Brian O'Kelly before joining.
Lunar Cycles is a sister cycle club of Bristol Road Club. Lunar Cycles aim is to provide women’s rides and to increase visibility of women in cycling in general.
These are not beginner rides (there are other groups for this such as Breeze and Rootin’ For Ya). There are usually 2 rides per month – one around 40-60km at <21km/h average (road or hybrid bike), the other 70-100km 21-24km/h (road bike only). Nobody will be left behind on either, on hills go at own pace and regrouping at top.
This group welcomes anyone identifying as women, non-binary or gender non-conforming.
Please contact Rosie for more details: email@example.com
Upcoming Lunar Cycles Rides
Sunday 4th June: 40~70km
Meet at St George’s Park at 10.00am (or Clifton Suspension Bridge at 10.30am if you live near there). Expected speed: 18-20kmph (nobody will be dropped and on hills we’ll all go at our own speed and meet at the top).
Please contact Rosie on 07788100571 for more details.
Meet at St George’s Park at 10.00am (or Clifton Suspension Bridge at 10.30am if you live near there). Expected speed: 21/-24 kph (nobody will be dropped and on hills we’ll all go at our own speed and meet at the top).
Please contact Rosie on 07788100571 for more details.
On etiquette and safety here are a few things to take note of:
Group riding can be dangerous and requires your full concentration and co-operation, so please take notice of instructions from the ride leader.
Always wear a helmet.
Do not take your hands off the handlebars when riding in the group.
In Winter please fit mudguards, for the sake of those behind you.
Wear proper cycling shoes with cleats, no training shoes please.
No TT bikes or Tri bikes allowed. We prefer you also not to have tri-bar clip-ons, however if you do, never use them while riding in the group.
We ride two abreast at all times unless instructed otherwise by the ride leader.
Watch for warnings and instructions about road obstacles and turning. Then communicate these down the group as you become aware of them. Also look beyond the rider in front of you for such warnings and instructions.
Ride as close to the rear wheel of the rider in front as you feel comfortable, however never overlap the rear wheel of the rider in front.
When on the front of the group you are responsible for communicating the direction you are going. If you do not know then ask the ride leader.
When you are on the front do not half-wheel the rider next to you. Always ride with your front wheels level, which means a stronger rider should ease back if his/her partner cannot easily keep level.
Always think safety and take care of the other riders with you in the group.
All riders are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety, individuals take part in any group activities at their own risk. We strongly urge all riders to obtain appropriate 3rd party insurance as a minimum, which can be provided by British Cycling.
All riders should carry identification on them (which includes an emergency contact name and number) as well as any medical conditions that paramedics should be aware of in the event of an accident.
It should be noted that no liability shall be attached to the Bristol Road Club (including its officials and members) for any injury, loss or damage suffered.
Please note that these rides are not suitable for those who are new to cycling or for children. If you are new to cycling or looking for rides for children, we recommend checking out British Cycling’s Let’s Ride program.