Rides

Portishead Cycling Club offers two free taster rides for potential members to try before they buy.

Club rides are subject to change, which will be announced on the private WhatsApp group and Facebook page, while ad hoc rides will be announced via the same platforms.

All weekend routes will be published on the PCC Strava page. Please join Strava, if you haven’t already, and confirm your attendance to our ride leaders.

The speeds listed are estimated averages and when necessary, groups will be split to cater for all speeds.

 

Summary

  • Distance – 50-100 miles
  • Speed – 17mph+
  • Terrain – Rolling hills/killer climbs
  • Advanced circuits

What to expect

Moderate to quick average speed over varied and potentially challenging terrain. Shorter rides might include sharp climbs where riders regroup at the top. Longer rides could still include hills and a coffee/cake stop for socialising. Usually no-drop, unless ride leaders state otherwise.

Suitability

Suited for experienced cyclists, with good fitness and endurance levels. Those with a good understanding of riding in a group and the etiquette involved to ride safely and within your limits. You should be happy to take a turn on the front, and be able to drink/eat in the saddle.

Summary

  • Distance – 40-70 miles
  • Speed – 15-17mph average
  • Terrain – Rolling hills
  • Introductory circuits

What to expect

Steady to moderate pace over rolling terrain. Shorter rides may include punchier climbs where the group will regroup at the top. Longer rides will tend to be undulating  and a coffee/cake stop for socialising. Usually no-drop, unless ride leaders state otherwise.

Suitability

Suited for competent and enthusiastic cyclists, who are reasonably fit and comfortable being in the saddle for a few hours. An  understanding of riding in a group and the etiquette involved to ride safely is beneficial. Maybe you can crank up the pace on the front of the group when required.

Summary

  • Distance – 30-45 miles
  • Speed – 13-15mph
  • Terrain – Mostly flat or rolling hills

What to expect

Modest speed over mostly flat terrain and rolling hills, with regular pauses to regroup on the slight inclines. Potential surges of pace on the flat but nothing serious. Coffee/cake stop included to foster socialising. No-drop. 

Suitability

Suited for cyclists who are growing in confidence after being fairly new to the sport, and are comfortable with spending a couple of hours in the saddle.  For those looking to build fitness and develop experience of riding in a group.

Summary

  • Distance – 20-30 miles
  • Speed – 10-13mph
  • Terrain – Mostly flat

What to expect

Easy pace on flat roads with regular pauses to regroup or take on food or drink. Coffee/cake stop either during the ride or after it to enable socialising. No-drop.   

Suitability

Designed for those who are new or returning to cycling, and looking to build confidence from riding on the road and in groups. Suitable for beginners.