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Black Rat 3 Bridges Ride

18/05/2014 - Bristol, Somerset - Sportive

Rating: 91.5% based on 17 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 85.3% based on 109 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 93.333%

RonanMulcahy1 wrote:

Excellent sportive a lovely challenge be back next year to do 100 miles

Rated Event: 87.778%

AlanStarling wrote:

Weather was fantastic, the organisers, admin, marshalls up there with the very best, excellent route, fabulous views, great friendly atmosphere together with a couple of climbs that made you dig in.
Rode last year, and will certainly come again next year
Thank you
See you next year

Rated Event: 98.889%

PhilHenley wrote:

have ridden the blackrat 3 times and this is the better route. everything excellent. great organisation and marshalls and feed station helpers etc.
will definately be back for more. there was a bit of congestion at the start probably due to the mass start. many thanks again, Phil

Rated Event: 86.667%

EdBrown wrote:

I think one more feed stop for the 100 miler. Given how hot it was more liquids were needed, i was carrying two bottles but ran out after the climb out of monmouth. also the 2nd feed stop at 50 miles was just bananas, some more sugar and carbs would have been a life send at that point, i had to stop at a petrol station on the way back as way out of all food and water. apart from that a great ride

Rated Event: 70.000%

SimonWeston wrote:

Fantastic weather . For me though the last 10 miles were pretty crappy . Admittedly this was in part to my buddy bailing out the the day before so there was no one to catch a wheel with on the way back through the windy wastelands of avonmouth. More to the point this part of the route was rubbish and just felt like a means to an end given the HQ location. It is always fun crossing the Severn and Clifton is a great view . Avonmouth Bridge however is just noisy and nasty . After the great loop along the Usk valley and going up to the Devauden- Trelleck ridge the last 10 was a real let down . Otherwise a really good blast. Would add that a 100k loop that is actually 66 miles is good value on a hot and windy day ..... Funny because the 100m ride was actually well short of 100m . (ie 149k) Great signage, check in, and a good morning out though. Ps Gave question 5 a '4' only because I didnt see either a bike or a wagon I dont know if they were out or not .

Rated Event: 94.444%

DavidGibson2 wrote:

Great day, big thank you to all of the Black Rat team.

Rated Event: 93.333%

GregJames wrote:

My wife and I take part in a sportive every month and have done for the last couple of years. This was the first time that we have done the Black Rat. It was well organised and friendly. The course was first rate and to cap it all a pasty and a pint of cider to finish with - Cracking!

Rated Event: 100.000%

HarveyGoodall wrote:

This was my first sportive and I was really impressed with the whole event.
Fast response to me email queries.
Friendly people at the start line.
Well mapped out course with marshalls spread out effectively.
Really nice refreshment tent..pastries etc. (Lonodn Marathon take note - pastries at half way go down very well).
Really friendly people.
Nice goodies at finish line.
A commentator who looks up your name at the finishline to make it personal.

I really did enjoy the day.

Rated Event: 92.222%

RussellMeredith wrote:

A very well run event. This years course made a nice change and the majority of the course was very scenic on quiet country roads. All helpers and marshals were extremely friendly and encouraging and the food stops were well stocked. Only slight problems were the toilets been locked on arrival which could have been awkward and the run back from the Severn Bridge was on a busy stretch of road. I note both these issues have been addressed for next year which is great to see as this event has been improving year on year. I had a fantastic day and would like to thank the organisers and helpers who contributed to a great day out. Many thanks. Russ.

Rated Event: 90.000%

JonMaycock wrote:

Really well organised and signage was perfect. Great ride, thanks.

Rated Event: 92.222%


I returned to the Black rat because of the change in route. This was an innovative idea taking in 3 iconic landmarks.
Great weather for it that made it a good day out. The price of the ride is at the lower end of the charges operators and this gives it a good appeal.
Sometimes the road conditions for pothotes etc were not ideal but overall not bad. Sometimes the signage could have been more prominent. The descent to Chepstow had very small ones advising drivers of a cycle event.
Facilities were ok but sadly chaotic with a football event also ( not Black rat's fault) causing problems at the mini roundabout at the start.
No goody bag but a nice tankard with a glass of Somerset's finest was just right after. Also it was nice to be able to shower afterwards too.
Sadly I had to use the mechanics at get a ride back to the finish as I suffered i think because of the aformentioned potholes etc as my tyre exploded 9 miles from home. Still I missed the scenic Avonmouth docks!!!!!
I therefore have unfinished business with the Black Rat so will return next year all being well.
Thanks to all for a great day out.

Rated Event: 92.222%

DavidGuest wrote:

It was a great ride out with great views on the 100 mile version. Not as challenging as in previous Black Rats no very steep hills

Rated Event: 94.444%

JeffWebber wrote:

A really great event, very well organised and well thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next event.

Rated Event: 93.333%

KevinGatward wrote:

I had to do the shorter route due to a problem with my knee, which was a shame as my mate reported that it was a very scenic route. The food and drink provided free of further charge at the end of the ride was most welcome. And no goody bag, which I prefer, as I usually ditch most of the contents!

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 if you can avoid it next year that would be great!!!

Previous Years Event Ratings

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.

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