The Black Rat 2019 Sportive will be on Sunday May 19th.

Join us on a guided cycle trip

Events 2019

Events 2019



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. Now in 2018, our riders will tackle the highest road in Wales - Gospel Pass - in what promises to be our best route yet!

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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!

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