For as long as most of us can remember there have been annual rides out along The Portway on one special Sunday each June. This main road has been closed to traffic and thousands of people have enjoyed pottering along the icon Avon Gorge on a short, flat traffic-free route. Others have used it as a starting point for longer rides going out and over the M5 bridge then back via Pill, Portishead, or Clevedon.
As of 2015 Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride is no more, having been replaced by Skyride, but there will again be thousands of people out on their bikes enjoying the fun and the traffic-free Portway. For those wanting more than the 7.5km short route, here’s the information about the four routes from previous years. You get to enjoy all the fun of the Skyride at the start (and end if you wish), but can extend to appreciate the whole of the the Portway Sunday Park.
Family Fiesta – 9 mile route along the Portway, under the Suspension Bridge and looping back to the centre (Bristols Biggest Bike Ride – Family Fiesta)
Avon Gorge – 14 mile route takes you over the Avonmouth Bridge to loop back to the city through Pill and Leigh Woods (Bristols Biggest Bike Ride – Avon Gorge Loop)
Portishead – 24 mile route to the North Somerset coast (Bristols Biggest Bike Ride – Portishead)
Clevedon – 38 mile trip with hilly climbs and steep descents (Bristols Biggest Bike Ride – Clevedon)