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Black Rat Challenge

20/05/2018 - Bristol - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 86.2% based on 132 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 84.444%

JonCraton wrote:

Great route and well organised day. Weather helped - made the countryside legs even more great-taking. Strongly agree with the pals to make HQ closer to Aust - final return leg via Avonmouth was in marked contrast to the pastoral feel of the rest of the ride.

Please, Please could the feedstops feature more savoury food? In France (where I ride regularly), it's not unusual for fuel stops to include pizza slices, sausage rolls, peanuts or equivalent - am I the only one who gets sick of sweet food on the longer rides? Address this issue and I reckon the Black Rat will rank as my top sportive event!

Thanks to all the organisers - and to the support team who were manning (womanising..?) the food stops :-)


Rated Event: 97.778%

RobDavey wrote:

Great day


Rated Event: 94.444%

judithdavis wrote:

The last bit to avonmouth was not good.so if you can avoid it next year that would be great!!!


Rated Event: 95.556%

Tchurch wrote:

Superbly organised and great value for money. Took in some of the best routes and scenery in the region. Always seems strange going down chedder gorge and not up, but the hill to get up to the top of chedder... tougher than going up the gorge itself!


Rated Event: 95.556%

RussKnight wrote:

Fantastic ride, well organised and great value for money


Rated Event: 71.111%

DavidJenkins wrote:

GPS route was different to the signposted route on more than a handful of occasions, causing me to slow and be concerned that I was on the correct route. Missed final food stop on route - knew roughly that it should have been coming up but saw no signs for it at all. Would consider riding again, but wouldn't be too fussed missing next year - not the best sportive, but still good.


Rated Event: 100.000%

steverosewarne wrote:

well managed event from start to finish, helpful info provided regularly in advance of the event,


Rated Event: 91.111%

AlanDoran wrote:

Excellent, spacing of the manned feed stations not perfect for the 100 milers, although I know it's difficult with the two distances.


Rated Event: 92.222%

wrote:

Great event


Rated Event: 83.333%

Leevasey wrote:

Great day organised by a friendly bunch who were good on the day and the lead up to it.


Rated Event: 66.667%

michaelgregory wrote:

enjoyed trhe ride, helped by the good weather. venue was easy to find but thought there could be a little more with regards to the event village. The day was slightly spoilt by the thoughtlessness of some individuals. do they find it amusing to move route matkers., or are they simply pathetic people?


Rated Event: 96.667%

PhilHenley wrote:

excellent event thanks


Rated Event: 95.556%

johnburnett wrote:

this was a great course signage was 99% a couple of late sign when at speed, staff were very helpful this was 3rd black rat and its getting better each year, a friend had a mechanical and was picked up straight away and taken back to the school can`t say fairer than that.
as for some of the comments posted these people are not welcome and should ride on there own, it should be a fun day out you dont get much for £25 these days.
thanks guys see you next year.


Rated Event: 87.778%

DaveWride wrote:

Great all round sportive experiance!


Rated Event: 81.111%

stevelay wrote:

Very tough - especially first 27 miles!! But very enjoyable. Feed Station at Bad Ass was a little bare - some more variety on food needed? Water was low. Pity about the heavy traffic near Axebridge - so noisy and dangerous after the quiet country lanes. That aside, my brother and I greatly enjoyed it and the weather was perfect..


Rated Event: 85.556%

jamescoller wrote:

Failed to achieve my target time thanks to sign tampering which added another 4 miles overall. Will beat it next year though!


Rated Event: 94.444%

TracyQuintanaParker wrote:

My first 100 mile event went well. Slow and steady got me through it as well as plenty of food and liquids. Only had to walk partways up the worst climb! Well run, friendly organisers and mostly well sign posted. My husband was able to follow the 100km route in his car using only the course markings. Of course, I was on the 100 mile route...


Rated Event: 84.444%

KrisFoster wrote:

Not helped by people trying to spoil it by moving signs (from people old enough to know better but pathetic enough to go and interrupt other peoples days). Other than that it was great.


Rated Event: 97.778%

JuliePowell wrote:

REALLY ENJOYED IT! THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH - IT'S BEEN A HARD SEASON TO GET STARTED WITH NON-STOP RAIN BUT THIS REALLY HAS FIRED ME UP. :)


Rated Event: 91.111%

GeorgeSparks wrote:

Was a great day. First time i've done a sportive and now want to do one again !





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