Big Spring Bike Ride on Sunday May 8
If you want to enjoy Bristol’s countryside by bike this spring and are looking for some inspiration and encouragement then two local cycling groups are on hand to help.
The 26-mile round-trip ride is designed for everyone, from those who are looking for a gentle reintroduction to cycling to more experienced cyclists who want a leisurely day out with family and friends.
“If 26 miles sounds like a long way, don’t be daunted,” says Steve Kinsella, the ride’s organiser. “We will be riding at a relaxed pace and you can top up your energy levels halfway by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy by the shore of scenic Chew Lake.”
He adds: “We’ll be cycling to Chew Valley along quiet roads wherever we can and be accompanied by ride leaders who’ll provide directions and plenty of encouragement. We’ll also have a bike mechanic on hand to help deal with any mechanical problems.”
More than 100 people took part in last year’s Big Spring Ride. “It was a great day out that gave everyone a chance to see how easy it can be to get out of the city by bike and experience the beautiful countryside on our doorstep,” said Steve.
The ride will leave Temple Quay (next to Temple Meads station) in Bristol at 9am.
You don’t have to be a member of either CTC or Bristol Cycling Campaign to come along, but you will need to pre-register to join the ride. Just follow the links from www.bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk to download an entry form or contact Steve Kinsella on 01934 838624 or email@example.com.
The Big Spring Ride follows the success of a series of “Discover Bristol” rides, organised by Bristol Cycling Campaign, and Cycle Bristol CTC’s Get Gorge-ous challenge, both part-funded by Greater Bristol's Cycling City project.
picture captions: riders on Big Spring Challenge 2010