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Black Rat Challenge

21/05/2017 - Bristol - Sportive

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After the overwhelming success of our event in 2016, we are delighted to bring the 8th edition of the Black Rat to you. 

We have a fantastic new start / finish location in 2017, at Marlwood School in Alveston. With excellent facilities including a huge parking area, the school is perfectly located on the route away from busy roads.

We will have three NEW routes to choose from, a Piccolofondo route of 85km, a Mediofondo route of 116km or a Granfondo route of 161km. 

The rides will start at 8.30am and last riders need to leave the start by 9.30am. After leaving the school premises, you will join country lanes for 6km until you reach the Severn Bridge.

The cycle lane that crosses the bridge will take you to Chepstow, which is where Piccolofondo riders leave the medio and Granfondo riders.

Piccolofondo riders will descend through the town and past Chepstow Castle before starting the climb into Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean. An undulating ride through the forest to Coleford awaits before the superb descent to Monmouth. 

After leaving Monmouth you will tackle the biggest climb of the day to Trellech. After passing through Trellech the route takes you to Devauden and down the fabulous descent to Chepstow Racecourse.

You will then cross the Severn Bridge back to England and ride to Tockington before tackling Old Down Hill a few km before finishing at Marlwood School where your free Black Rat cider along with hog roast awaits you.

At Chepstow, Medio and Granfondo riders will take the pretty road to Usk. The road is gradually uphill all the way but with no major climbs to tackle. After leaving Usk, you will head alongside the river to Abegavenny where you will then immediately start climbing back towards Monmouth on another undualting road with lots of short sharp efforts.

At Monmouth, Mediofondo riders will join the Piccolofondo route as detailed above.

Granfondo riders will pass through Monmouth and over the River Wye to climb up into Gloucestershire towards Symonds Yat. After reaching the top, there will be a steep descent back down to the river before another big climb towards Broadwell.. 

Respite is on hand after Broadwell with an 11km descent back to the River Wye from Coleford to Redbrook. After crossing the river, the final big climb up to Trellech awaits. Climbing through the forest, this is one of our favourite climbs in the area.

At Trellech, Granfondo riders will join Medio and Piccolofondo riders and head back towards Chepstow via Devauden and then on to the Severn Bridge back to the finish where your free Black Rat cider awaits you along with some hog roast.

There will be three feed stops en route for Granfondo Riders, two for Mediofondo Riders and one for Piccolofondo Riders.

All riders will be electronically timed and results will be available immediately.

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Marlwood School
Address Line 2 Vattingstone Lane, Alveston
Town Bristol
County Bristol
Postcode BS35 3LA
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Jeremy Humphries
Email Email Hidden
Phone 0117 3250777
Address Line 1 Unit 52, Spike Island
Address Line 2 133 Cumberland Road
Town Bristol
County Bristol
Postcode BS1 6UX

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