Road

Portishead Cycling Club offers road rides throughout the year.

Former professional rider Simon Gaywood [pictured] leads rides on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from The Albion on Bristol Road.

Simon is an excellent, friendly leader and is on hand to help anyone who either comes out for a club ride or wants to tap into his experience.

Most rides are weather dependant, so it is worth keeping an eye on social media for updates.

Social Tuesdays (7pm start)

Social rides of around 50km (30 miles) take place on Tuesdays where the average speed varies from around 15 to 18mph, depending on the riders within the group.

Don’t be put off by the speed, nobody gets left behind and you may surprise yourself how much easier it is riding in a group.

These prove extremely popular with riders in the summer months, where riding 2 abreast in groups of no more than 12 is essential to enable vehicles to pass safely.

Social chain gangs run on Tuesdays from October to March (lights are essential).

Chain gang Thursdays (7pm start)

Rides for the faster members, or those who aspire to get quicker, to hone their skills in chain gangs.

These roll out from The Albion towards Clevedon and start on Kenn Moor for 3 flat circuits before a sprint back to Kenn Moor from Yatton. Average speeds range between 18mph and 24mph.

Saturdays (8am start)

Weekend rides are usually split into 2 groups – 1 to suit speedier members, the other to suit inexperienced riders.

Both groups meet at The Albion at 8am (April-September) or 9am (October-March) before splitting into groups of no more than 12 to go their own way. Groups depart 5 minutes apart for road safety reasons.

Group 1

  • Distance: 50+ miles
  • Elevation: 2,500ft+
  • Average speed: 17mph+
  • Optional coffee and cake stop
  • Suits experienced, speedier riders

Group 2

  • Distance: 30+ miles
  • Elevation: Mostly flat
  • Average speed: 13mph+
  • Obligatory coffee and cake stop
  • Suits novice, social riders or those pressed for time

Ride leaders will give a health and safety briefing before you set off, but it is wise to be aware of the PCC etiquette before you ride.

Sportives

Sportives are usually a big hit with members, who are keen for an endurance test on different roads. Popular options include:

Racing

Circuit races take place on closed-road circuits, either purpose built for cycling or repurposed motor racing tracks. Time trialling also takes place on the open road on one of a number of pre-determined time trial courses.

Several members are either current or former racers, with local options including:

 

For details on the rules and regulations involved with road racing, visit British Cycling.