Organised by Evans Cycles, Ride It Bristol is back again after the success of last year’s inaugural event. The sportive promises the perfect winter outing to suit all levels; starting just south of Bristol, the event offers four options, from the ‘Fun’ 15-miler to a full 70mile route.
The first part of the Ride it Bristol route takes participants towards the coast, before heading south towards the Mendip Hills. Cheddar Gorge is one of the many challenges before a final stretch through the stunning Chew Valley. There is no getting away from the fact that this is ‘hill country’, but the beautiful English countryside and the relatively quiet roads still make for great riding.
As with the other Ride it events there’s plentiful support staff, feed stations, route marking and GPS rider aids. Prices range from £7.50 to £25.00 and there will be an additional admin charge of £3.00 for those who turn up on the day (assuming it’s not a sell out.) Children go free if accompanied by an adult.
Ride it Bristol registration will open at 08:00 on the day at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre. The Fun, Short and Medium Rides will start from Hengrove Promenade and the Long event will start from Hengrove Park – all at 08:30. Distances are 15miles (24km) for the Fun ride, 30miles (48km) for the Short, 50miles (80km) for the Medium and 70miles (112km) for the Long run.