What we're about

This is a group for those that love cycling and who would like to meet up with other for bike rides (Adults/18+ only).

We include regular sociable meetups exploring a selection of routes easily accessible from central Bristol, suitable for most levels of cyclist and keeping to quiet roads/cycle paths.

As an informal meetup group we operates on 3 main principles that anyone coming on a ride/activity/social accepts:

1) No group liability: All members are fully responsible for themselves and deciding whether an activity/ride is suitable for them/whether insurance is required etc. You are choosing to join other individuals, as an individual, and neither the group itself or an 'organiser' is in any way responsible for your welfare.

2) Over 18s only: this is not a group for children, whether accompanied by adults or not.

3) Organising meetups: If you've got an idea for a meetup, fab! The criteria/notes for doing so are at: http://www.meetup.com/bristolcyclists/pages... (http://www.meetup.com/bristolcyclists/pages/organising/) and the discussion boards are open for posting with ideas etc. too...

Our range of members includes beginner to 'hard core' cycling types, so whatever type of cycling you're into, we'd love to see you on a ride soon!

Upcoming events (3)

Social - Bridgwater to Taunton, best suited to folding bikes

Bristol Temple Meads

Full size bikes welcome - but it's your risk with the National Rail restrictions for bike. Starting at Temple Meads, train to Bridgwater, ride the canal tow path to Taunton (15? scenic miles), then train back to Bristol. My plan is to catch the 'slow' 9.55am train from Bristol Temple Meads to Bridgwwater (47 minutes) - this train does not require bike reservations, National Rail say max 2 full size bikes ('small' folded bikes don't count as a bike) Were ride the canal path to Taunton, maybe visit the museum, shops and a pub lunch - or afternoon tea in a fancy hotel? I'm then planning to catch the 'fast' train straight back to Bristol (31 minutes) - this train will require a pre-booked bike reservations. There is also a slow train (1 hour) back which does not require bike reservations. I plan to buy a return ticket to Taunton for £10.50 this will cover both journeys, it won't matter getting off early and it's a lot cheaper than 2 singles. Were meet on the train or at Taunton, to hectic trying to meet and get on the platform together. If your driving to Bridgwater and catching the train or cycling back, give yourself plenty of time to park at Bridgwater, I think parking is limited. -------------------- standard blurb -------------------- Happy for people to sign up and cancel last minute, I won't be offended. Great way of getting the event in your diary, the system will send a reminder email nearer the time. If your not able to attend I would appreciate if you can update your RSVP status so we don’t wait for no shows. I wait a fixed time then we're off. Post a comment or send me a message if you want to meet on-route, were agree a location and time, your need to be in place in good time, we won’t stop just join us as we go past. As with all rides, please bring a spare inner tube for your bike. The rides are self supported - so you need a plan if you have a mechanical issue we as a group can't resolve, eg friend or family member to come pick you up. Your bike needs to be recently ridden and in good order.

Social - Sunday BBQ Brunch

Tesco Brislington

Short (hilly) 23 mile ride, bring or buy some food and drink, were finish at Conham River Park for a picnic/bbq brunch. Leaving at 10.30am from Tesco Brislington, which opens at 10am if you want to arrive early and grab some food. Were also pass a coop shortly before the BBQ stop, but it's a small metro style. Conham has a fixed BBQ point, Christian said he would also bring a BBQ. Were need to chip to cover cost of fuel. This is a first attempt at a cycle orientated bbq - please be understanding, as we make it up as we go, eg suspect there will be a delay on cooked food and need to find a plan for non-meat eaters (me being one of them) - can't guarantee the fixed BBQ point will be free etc Don't forget something to sit on, eat from, drink, eat etc The venue has public toilets and occasionally a tea wagon, there is also parking if your want to skip the cycling entirely. Feel free to start comments to see if we can firm up the food, drink and seating plan. Route (anyone can click) https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/23568376 Suitable for all bikes, some big hills, feel free to push up. -------------------- standard blurb -------------------- Happy for people to sign up and cancel last minute, I won't be offended. Great way of getting the event in your diary, the system will send a reminder email nearer the time. If your not able to attend I would appreciate if you can update your RSVP status so we don’t wait for no shows. I wait a fixed time then we're off. Post a comment or send me a message if you want to meet on-route, were agree a location and time, your need to be in place in good time, we won’t stop just join us as we go past. As with all rides, please bring a spare inner tube for your bike. The rides are self supported - so you need a plan if you have a mechanical issue we as a group can't resolve, eg friend or family member to come pick you up. Your bike needs to be recently ridden and in good order.

Hard - Avon Cycleway 100 miles in a day

The Knights Templar

Note: This is a self led ride - I can no longer attend after seeing the GP about a knee injury, I have to limit the amount of cycling until resolved Something we discussed last year, lots of interest in riding 100 miles in a day. Here you go... As suggested I have used the Avon Cycleway as the basis for the route, this is a circular route around Bristol. I have switched it to clockwise to get the hills out the way earlier. The Avon Cycleway is not 100m, but by adding and returning to the Knights Templar, this increases the route to 95m - I’m assuming everyone will be doing at least 2.5 miles to and from the KT on the day, so were all make 100m by the time we get home I have added garmin and view ranger routes. View ranger has a great smartphone app, allows offline maps (download opencyclemap) and good laptop web interface. If your after a non electronic route guide - have a look for Avon Cycle way (google or standfords). if your using technology to navigate, ensure your device will last the duration! Whole Route - 95 miles https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/22721612 https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI0MTQ5NQ== I have made several smaller routes to train - feel free to ride on your own or smaller off groups. I will look to book a few rides on meetup as well. I would advise trying to ride all of these routes at least once before the whole ride. First half of the route and back along the Portway - 51 miles Training ride Saturday March 16th https://www.meetup.com/bristolcyclists/events/259417935/ https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/22721673 https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI0MTUxMg== First 70 miles of the route Training ride Saturday June 9th https://www.meetup.com/bristolcyclists/events/259371923/ https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/22722357 https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI0MTUxNw== First 80 miles of the route No training ride booked https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/22722043 https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI0MTUxOQ== Last half of the route - 55 miles Training ride Saturday May 4th https://www.meetup.com/bristolcyclists/events/259404269/ https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/22721795 https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI0MTUyMg== This ride won't run as normal, I expect were break off into smaller groups to match pace so everyone needs to know the route and how to navigate. We should chat about mechanical issues, I'm sure everyone will be focused on their own goal, how do we support each other? I'm aiming to ride 20 miles / 2 hours, break for snacks, lunch and continue It would great to all meet at the end of the ride in the Knights Templar, were deserve a drink and some food Bring, lights, drinks, snacks, mobile phone, bikes spares, tools etc Have a plan for issues you or the group can't resolve. This could be a friend coming to pick you up. For this ride, leaving on time - no waiting, late comers can catch up on the track. You can of course start at any time. On long rides I use 8mph to calculate time this factors stops. That's 13 hours in total. Sign up if your interested. No obligation to attend. This way the system will send a reminder and your get the comments sent out

Past events (371)

Hard - 70 mile chunk of the Avon Cycleway

The Knights Templar

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