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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: 91.111%

BenHunter wrote:

I had a bit of a fall before the second feed stop and cut my thumb open. There was no first aid kit at the station which was a bit disappointing. However didn't ruin my day at all.

Rated Event: 78.889%

cyclingmonkey wrote:

Great route, friendly and well-organised crew, only let down was some poor signage. Some of the slow signs were badly placed (after the apex of a tight bend) and some of the direction arrows were hard to spot (this is in addition to one being moved by a saboteur, which could happen anywhere); otherwise it was an excellent day out.

Rated Event: 96.667%

johnoakes wrote:

superb event

Rated Event: 97.778%

SteveDent wrote:

Excellent challenging route, Thoroughly well organised sportive. This is the 2nd time I've ridden it and I'll definitely be back next year.

Rated Event: 94.444%

robdavey1 wrote:

overall a good sportive, only one gripe, first climb very narrow and most of us had to dismount to get past a 4x4 and horse box that had to stop coming down the hill. The lady was apologetic, I think she was sat there for quite a while!

Rated Event: 92.222%

NeilCogswell wrote:

One sign was mising reported stolen. But all good

Rated Event: 75.556%

NickMills wrote:

A very friendly event, not at all pretentious, taking in some of the best of the Mendips and surroundings. Pasties provided at finish was genius idea.

Rated Event: 87.778%

TonyFreer wrote:

I thoroughly enjoyed the event, shame one of the water stations had no water left. The main food stations were excellent though. The signage at the final approach to the school could have been better as lots of riders ended up coming through the car park over the speed bumps.
Would have been nice not to stay on a couple of the main roads for so long as very fast moving traffic at times, but understand the need to make connections to more rural roads.

Rated Event: 90.000%

petermarsh wrote:

Lovely day out, good ride and perfect for a first sportive. My 2 novices are now talking about when we are going to do the next one.

Rated Event: 92.222%

SteveLewis wrote:

great day out

Rated Event: 91.111%

DanJordan wrote:

Excellent! My first organised event and can't wait for the next. Thank you to all that organised.

Rated Event: 88.889%

AdamSibley wrote:

100k was a most enjoyable ride - some challenging enough hills early on but a nice run home with with a little twist at the end to keep you honest! Weather was kind to.

Rated Event: 88.889%

MartinKeattch wrote:

First ever sportive ride and really enjoyed it. Will definitely be back for next years event and will probably ride the Monmouth one later in the year.

Great days ride - appreciate the effort everyone has put in to making it such a good first event for me.



Rated Event: 91.111%

NickWard wrote:

Friendly event, great scenery, achievable distance for most sunday cyclists.

Rated Event: 91.111%

SimonHarper wrote:


Rated Event: 93.333%

MichaelSandison wrote:

This is a well organised and challenging event .The organisers are enthusiasts and make a real effort to make improvements from competitor comments, they are also friendly and go the extra mile to make a success of their events.The route is picturesque and takes in some demanding climbs along with spectacular descents-Cheddar Gorge especially. The refreshments of pasty and cider at the finish were very welcome. I will certainly enter the" Black Rat again.

Rated Event: 96.667%

DavidGibson1 wrote:

well organised, friendly staff, great weather to finish the day off.Thanks

Rated Event: 91.111%

russellporter wrote:

great ride, will be do again.

Rated Event: 100.000%

NickTaylor wrote:

A very well organised run around the beautiful and gruelling Mendips. Some wicked technical downhills and flat out runs but you have to climb to get them! All involved with making it happen are friendly from the ladies who check you in to the guys in the support vans, good vibe throughout, even the locals give you a smile. Also let us finish all the cider and pretzels that were left over at the end! will be there next year!

Rated Event: 90.000%

DamienRylett wrote:

Well organised, good fun. My first Sportive.

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