When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896
Would you like to discover a little of Bristol’s colourful past, or learn of its longer term future, from its parks and greenways to buildings and public artworks? Or are you passionate about campaigning, and want to explore new routes and infrastructure debating topics on the way like ‘a car-free City Centre’ and ‘20’s Plenty’? Do you want to shed those calories, shape-up and get a healthy modern lifestyle? Or do you crave the sociability of like-minded souls, and empathise with the adrenalin surge that cycling can give you?
BCyC rides are open to all types of cyclist, young and old, athletic or disabled, from slow urbanites to fast racers. We are sociable folk, and always welcome new members and old faces alike. We often run shorter Rides under our Discover Bristol theme that are gentle paced so that the whole family can enjoy exploring our fair City.
Join our Rides, and be a part of Bristol’s dynamic and fast-growing cycling culture! See our Diary page for a full listing of all of our rides, meetings and other events. Most rides start from outside the Arnolifini on the Pero’s Bridge side, but check details of each ride. There’s also contact details for the ride leader for any questions you may have. Click here for a map of all the main staring points.
[Ride record form for ride leaders]
Spring onto your bike with our verdant rides
It's May and the days are getting longer and (hopefully) warmer. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery as we take you across the Nailsea Levels along cyclepaths, lanes and quiet roads to the Clevedon Riviera, along the Strawberry Line to a Community Café at Yatton Station and on a glorious loop of the beautiful Chew Valley taking in the majestic lake itself. And to top it all, we'll be filling your palette with enticing arts…Read More
A saddlebag full of early Spring rides for March
We launch the new season with a public spirited foray into litter infested terrain to bring a bit of TLC to our much loved local cycling infrastructure under the council run Great Bristol Spring Clean. Meandering lanes and quiet cyclepaths take us through the flood plain of Severnvale and on to wonderful estuary views at Severn Beach. A seaside sortie to Weston-super-mare celebrates the long awaited Brean Down Way with spectacular Channel views, wild mudflats,…Read More
A feast of friendly mini-rides for February
As we edge slowly into the longer days we hasten the end of winter with a merry mix of short rides. We start with a regular favourite by heading off to nearby Portishead, with its modern marina and Edwardian townscape. From a north Bristol start point we track down some of South Gloucestershire’s less frequented paths and lanes, and sample some new and remodelled cycle links in the Winterbourne area. With ‘Picture Palaces of yesteryear’…Read More
New Year Warmers
We have made up a delicious hot flask of cycle Rides to warm you through the cool days of January. An inciteful view of East Bristol through a whistle-stop tour of some highlights opens the New Year. A gentle and short ride out to the Community Farm in Lawrence Weston will give us a taste of the daily delights of farming and gardening. An afternoon spin along the delightful Whitchurch Railway Path will take us…Read More
A festive hamper of delicious mini rides for December
To aid the seasonal merriment we present a number of relatively easy and relaxed rides that will be sociable and unhurried. We'll take a nostalgic circuit around the city centre and harbourside to compare a modern Bristol with an earlier vintage captured on photos. A return visit to East Bristol will allow us to enjoy its many varied suburbs, vistas, greenways and quiet roads on a leisurely meander. Our final ride for the year will…Read More
An autumnal feast of Rides for October
We present an array of urban-themed rides and countryside jaunts of largely easy grade to suit the shorter and cooler days. We track down several city centre sites that are scheduled for development, and go in search of a local nature reserve rich in history and biodiversity. A popular sociable ride to fast expanding Portishead, a woodland meander to the picturesque Tyntesfield estate, and a cloak-and-dagger escapade to hear of unsolved murders are all on…Read More
Bristol Cycling: Rides for Sept 2017
Here’s what we’ve got planned for September 2017. Download the poster here BCyC 2017 09 Sept A4 poster Sun 3 – Life Cycle ‘Bike Minded’ and ‘Over 55s’ Ride Meet 10-45am for a prompt 11-00am start at the centre of Queen Square BS1 4QS. Not a BCyC Ride, we are supporting and ‘guest hosting’ the ride Art in the Public Realm for Lifecycle UK. You will need to register for the ride (maximum 15 people) by…Read More
Festival fever hits Bristol
We're getting very excited about the 2017 Bristol Cycle Festival. Their new website has launched with all the details of the 50+ events, including our five Discover Bristol rides on each weekday. Please see our What's on page for details and any late changes. The Festival will also feature the famous Carnivelo and Peaceful Portway on Sunday 17th. This is the UK's only cycle carnival and this years theme is Monstrous Creatures & Mythical Beasts.…Read More