Which Bristol cycling club?

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Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby Rigged » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:16 pm

Having just moved to Bristol, I'm considering joining a club to get to know a few more people and hopefully improve my riding along the way.

I'm not really looking for anything competitive at this stage. Currently comfortably riding 30 miles at about 13-14 mph so looking for a club that do shorter rides at a slow/moderate pace. There seems to be lots of clubs to choose from so I don't quite know where to begin. I live near Temple Meads so city centre/south/south east clubs are ideal. North Bristol is less accessible for me.

Which clubs would you recommend?

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby soslow » Sun Jul 14, 2013 13:39 pm

I know you have limited access but North Bristol cycling clubs sounds just right for you. Its only up the M32 if you a have car easy to get to
You don't want to be riding in our fair city, although Park street is a hill to be done on a Sunday morning

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby vespario » Sun Jul 14, 2013 14:00 pm

Bristol road club meet at BW cycles which is hotwells, not far to ride from Temple Meads and they have at least 2 groups. Check out their website. They are very friendly.

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby adam0bmx0 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 20:46 pm

If im free I go out with:

http://www.nb-cc.co.uk/

They do both Sat and Sun rides, start at 10am which is a good time for me and also split into groups, rides range from 35-65 miles. Easy to drive and park too if you're coming from the south.

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby thescouselander » Sun Jul 14, 2013 21:02 pm

Another vote for NBCC here!!! I'd suggest starting on the cake ride that happens first Sunday of every month and see how it goes from there.

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby Rigged » Sun Jul 14, 2013 22:45 pm

Thanks for your replies so far. It seems fairly conclusive that NBCC is the popular one to go for. Bradley Stoke isn't ideal for me as I don't have a car, but if it's the nicest group to go out with maybe it's worth the additional 7 miles to cycle there...that's just a nice warm up, right?

Is there a good mix of ages and genders that attend? I'm really considering joining a club more for the social side than anything else so the more people and the bigger the mix the better really. Hopefully I can suppress my competitive urges!

Is now a bad time to confess to people that I don't like cake? :shock:

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby adam0bmx0 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 22:51 pm

Yes, a mixture of all abilities and even gender!

Last time I went out was about 25-30 of us, we do re-group too if the ride has a faster gorup (and hasn't split into seperate routes etc). Good friendly bunch and as you get quicker, the guys up front do know how to cycle in close format, so good practive for drafting/hand signals and calls etc.

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby nferrar » Mon Jul 15, 2013 07:56 am

Another NBCC rider here, there are a few members that are in South Bristol and ride up to the start so can usually find someone to tag along with. A lot of the Saturday rides go South as well so can pick them up on the way. I think all the weekend rides these days will be 40+ miles (cake ride sometimes shorter but not if you're riding to the start) and generally 14-16mph so should be fine for you - we don't leave anybody behind either (well not on purpose :p ). We generally fragment a bit on rides (rather than having separate rides) so the faster riders will go at their own pace and wait up from time to time - handy if you want to start pushing yourself as if you get dropped by the faster group the main pack is always behind to pick you up.
Having said that I know a few of the more South based clubs do have easier/social ride options that might be more convenient so worth contacting them.

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby jotko » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:06 am

This thread is relevant to my interests. I am in South Bristol (BS4), not joined a club yet, not often free Sunday mornings in Summer though. Was hoping to start going to some local TT events as they are normally midweek, but the South Bristol club one at Chew Valley is on Wed nights which I can never do as play football. Do N. Bristol do a midweek TT? Any others?

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby frankybadboy » Sun Nov 17, 2013 21:58 pm

try the fastest growing club in the area,riders of all abilities are welcome


Saturday early morning 7am from keysham for lap of lakes

sunday rides different route every week from 40miles+

http://www.saltandsham.co.uk/

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby the_prophet » Sun Nov 17, 2013 22:11 pm

saltandsham looks intresting.... i've been struggling to find a club this last year myself. based in downend so looks like a pretty good option for me, thanks for the link.

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby markyone » Mon Nov 18, 2013 05:57 am

We have a club in portishead which go out on Saturdays.
4 group rides ranging from 20 / 30 miles up to the elite group which is over 75 miles plus,summer rides increase.
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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby d10brp » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:19 am

markyone wrote:We have a club in portishead which go out on Saturdays.
4 group rides ranging from 20 / 30 miles up to the elite group which is over 75 miles plus,summer rides increase.


HI Markyone, could you please share some details? I live in Portishead and normally go out solo or occasionally with a couple of guys from the estate. What kind of average speeds for the groups and where/when do you meet?
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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby markyone » Mon Nov 18, 2013 18:52 pm

d10brp wrote:
markyone wrote:We have a club in portishead which go out on Saturdays.
4 group rides ranging from 20 / 30 miles up to the elite group which is over 75 miles plus,summer rides increase.


HI Markyone, could you please share some details? I live in Portishead and normally go out solo or occasionally with a couple of guys from the estate. What kind of average speeds for the groups and where/when do you meet?

Hi meet at parish wharf at 8 then some of us will go over to wales or some will then go to clevedon to meet the other guys.
average speeds depends what group you are in.
What sort of mileage and average speeds are you doing at the moment?
we have 4 groups.
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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby d10brp » Mon Nov 18, 2013 21:49 pm

I'm in the 15-17 mph range over 30-50 miles at the moment but I also did a couple of longer sportives in the summer too. Getting out on average for one 40-50 roundtrip commute and one weekend ride each week at the moment. I take it you guys are still getting out regularly over the winter?
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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby markyone » Tue Nov 19, 2013 05:56 am

d10brp wrote:I'm in the 15-17 mph range over 30-50 miles at the moment but I also did a couple of longer sportives in the summer too. Getting out on average for one 40-50 roundtrip commute and one weekend ride each week at the moment. I take it you guys are still getting out regularly over the winter?

Yes we will be out all winter unless its really bad weather.
We always have a coffee stop on route and don't really push hard this time of year.
If you want to know more give me a pm or visit the website pactri.
We have a great bunch of lads and lasses and lots of banter as well.
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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby temitchell1987 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 21:27 pm

North Bristol Cycling Club. I was in a similar position to you an have ridden with them a fair bit over the last 6 months or so. Good bunch of people, good routes, get involved.

However I can recommend not getting into a battle of legs on flat roads with nferrar!

They do a lovely line in water bottles too, cheers Nick.

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby hibster » Wed Nov 20, 2013 08:42 am

d10brp wrote:
markyone wrote:We have a club in portishead which go out on Saturdays.
4 group rides ranging from 20 / 30 miles up to the elite group which is over 75 miles plus,summer rides increase.


HI Markyone, could you please share some details? I live in Portishead and normally go out solo or occasionally with a couple of guys from the estate. What kind of average speeds for the groups and where/when do you meet?



i live in portishead as well so will also send you a pm
go out with t'other half & do 20-30 mile rides

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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby markyone » Fri Nov 22, 2013 05:53 am

We have a ride in the morning 30 plus, meet parish wharf then go to clevedon to pick up any others.
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Re: Which Bristol cycling club?

Postby natsnoz » Tue Nov 26, 2013 15:06 pm

If i still lived in Keynsham, I would be riding the salt and sham club. Know some of them and very friendly and the roads around the lakes are cracking.


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