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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%

matthewbrooke wrote:

Excellent day! Thanks

Rated Event: 86.667%

peterthacker wrote:

Really enjoyed the day. Great course, challenging 100miles but achievable. Could have done with better signs when feed stations where coming up, especially those without marshals. More signs at junctions would be good. There was one sign coming into Wells at the bottom of a descent that you couldn't see until at the junction but needed to know what lane you should be in before hand. Would be good on busy junctions to have couple of signs so you know where to position yourself.

Rated Event: 86.667%

TomMaisey wrote:

Really well run except some signs removed by locals (not much to be done about it), some areas could have done with repeated signs (on long stretches) and only two proper feed stops is a bit sparse for 100miles. They were pretty well stocked though.

Rated Event: 100.000%

SteveDay wrote:


Rated Event: 94.444%

DaniloSimbari wrote:

Toilets facilities not good enough: too few for the number of riders and not very clean.
However this is my third ride .You are doing a great job . Well done and thank you for ta great ride.

Rated Event: 95.556%

AndrewCheater wrote:

Fantastic event. First ever Sportive and loved the route (did the 100km). Will definitely be back next year.

Rated Event: 50.000%

MattEccles wrote:

This ride is on a fantastic route with a good start / finish location. I'd love to recommend it but the organisation is poor.
1. Poor signage at start for sign on, toilets etc
2. Numerous differencesa between GPS route and signed route
3. Feed stations at bottom of climbs
4. Incorrect times given via chip (half hour difference between my total Garmin time and chip time)
5. Unable to get water at first stop as container had been over filled so tap didn't work

The worst thing is that these points have been made in reviews from previous years. Clearly nobody's listening.

Rated Event: 86.667%

JamesBell1 wrote:

Overall very good! Some minor improvements to the above points. See you next year!

Rated Event: 91.111%

PaulGodden wrote:

Excellent cycling event, well organised and fantastic route. Friendly atmosphere, before during and after the event.

Rated Event: 80.000%

NigelBoobier wrote:

Excellent event. Many thanks.

Rated Event: 85.556%

StevenLewis wrote:

Congratulations on organising a great event. I can echo your comments on the missing signage, I met up with a rode with a rider with local knowledge who made a left turn at a missing sign, without his guidance it would have been a very long 100km! Pink ribbons were a good idea but I saw very few on the course. While I understand you have no control over the weather the sunshine we had on the day was an added bonus. See you next year!

Rated Event: 92.222%

JakeGay wrote:

Very enjoyable, great route and scenery, good feed stations- hope to do it again!

Rated Event: 96.667%

GrahamNix wrote:

Enjoyed the ride. Some learning points re the second feed stop

Rated Event: 92.222%

ChristianBarrs wrote:

Great event, some nice hard climbs for sure! Great weather definitely helped. Would definitely recommend, see you next year!

Rated Event: 96.667%

HollieUdellFagg wrote:

Bloody brilliant day- thanks to all the team xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Rated Event: 44.444%

JonathanMcGee wrote:

Unfortunately I won't be recommending this ride to friends and won't be riding it again.

Rated Event: 97.778%

AmandaGodden wrote:

An excellent and really enjoyable event! Well done to everyone involved, much more enjoyable than some the massive sportives now being put on.

Rated Event: 92.222%

AnnaWedgwood wrote:

Just one direction marker missing...but we had the route on a GPS so this was not a problem. Enjoyed the route and the friendliness. Feed station was good.
Post race I would like to know whether my timing would have been graded...bronze, silver, gold etc for my age group. One of the reasons for doing a sportive is to push myself to get a good age specific time. The stuweb results does not break down results into age / gender etc. this could be improved. If the police do not allow you to grade timings pre event....could this be done post event?
I did not use or see the support this rating is not really applicable.

Thoroughly enjoyed all your pre-event emails, this was excellent. I would have loved to join you for one of the rides, but missed out due to work. Responses from organisers were always prompt and friendly. Thank you.

Anna Wedgwood

Rated Event: 98.889%

LeePurvis wrote:

Fantastic event, well run. PERFECT would have been 10 out of 10 but someone stole the water from a water stop.

Rated Event: 85.556%


Did the 60 miler this year and the route is spot on with all the best bits in the area.

Feedstation at bottom off hills still doesn't sit well on the belly. I missed the water stop at Mendip Golf Club - was it there?

My second year running at this event and some local has moved/ removed the signs at Back Lane and New Cut Brow just before Clevedon. Some Marshalling needed next year?

Pasty and Cider at the end went down very well indeed :)

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