Our next cyclosportive will take place on Sunday 21 May 2017

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Events 2017

Events 2017



Cycling Trips

Cycling Trips


About Black Rat

Who we are

We have been successfully organising the Black Rat Sportive in Bristol since 2010. 

Our first 4 sportives were based around the Mendips, since this is an area that we know very well from riding locally ourselves. However in 2014, 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. 

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What we do

Our first ride across to Wales was successful although it was clear that the return from the Severn Bridge to our start/finish point in Portishead was popular, prompting us to move to our new HQ at Clifton Rugby Club at Cribbs Causeway.

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

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

* Please note that this event is NOT sponsored by, or part of Black Rat Cider or Mole's Brewery

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!

Benjamin Culverhouse

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.

Nick Siangolis

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

Sarah Goodman

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

Simon Caraffi

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!!

Steve French