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The Black Rat Gran Fondo

The Black Rat Gran Fondo

May 21 2017
Bristol, South West, UK
 
 
 

We have been successfully organising the Black Rat Sportive in Bristol since 2010.

Our first 4 sportives were based around the Mendips, since this is an area that we know very well from riding locally ourselves. However in 2014, we decided to give our riders something different and found some routes taking them over the Severn Bridge and through the Forest of Dean to Monmouth and back.

The Granfondo route is ideal for more experienced cyclists who want to challenge themselves over a longer distance. The route has plenty of variety and is not just climb after climb. There are several flat fast sections interspersed with some tough climbs and undulating roads.

The Mediofondo route is ideal for cyclists who have not tried a sportive event before or who are not confident of their ability to ride 100 miles on fairly hilly terrain. It should not be taken that the Mediofondo route is easy - it is definitely a challenge - but should be within the abilities of anyone who has done some training. For those who have to quit the ride, a "broom wagon" will collect you from the roadside if necessary.

Due to the Mediofondo route being 116km this year, we have taken note that not everyone wants to ride over 100km so we have introduced a shorter Piccolofondo route of 85 km.

The Piccolofondo route is ideal for cyclists who have not tried a sportive event before or who are not confident of their ability to ride over 100 km on fairly hilly terrain. It should not be taken that the Piccolofondo route is easy - it is definitely a challenge, with over 1200m of climbing to tackle - but should be within the abilities of anyone who has done some training.

For those who have to quit the ride, a "broom wagon" will collect you from the roadside if necessary.

The Black Rat Gran Fondo

 
Routes: 53, 72, 101 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
 
Start Address: Clifton Rugby Club, Station Road, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7T
 
 
 
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May 21 2017 - EVENT: The Black Rat Gran Fondo