Cycling in Bristol

Cycling in Bristol2018-08-16T16:59:12+00:00

Bristol is a great place to learn to cycle and a great place to enjoy cycling whether on specific cycle paths, routes created by Sustrans, at the Family Cycling Centre, with a group or at a local event. Here is some information to help you enjoy cycling in Bristol. It doesn’t include everything, so if you are a cycling organisation and would like your information to be included please email

Tuesday 4th September – Tour of Britain Stage 3: Bristol

The Ovo Energy Tour of Britain is a multi-stage road cycling race where elite cyclists representing teams from around the world will race each other across ‘stages’ around the country. The tour is 1140 Kilometres travelling from Carmarthenshire in Wales to Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria, Nottinghamshire and London – 8 stages in 8 days.

Bristol’s stage is described as a “short, sharp out-and-back leg into the North Somerset hills including the climb of Cheddar Gorge. The finish on Clifton Down is the same one as used by the race in 2014 and 2016, where Michal Kwiatkowski, Tony Martin and Rohan Dennis have taken victories.” More information about the stage can be found on the Tour of Britain Stage 3 webpage .

Sunday 16th September – Cycle Sunday

Free cycling event on closed roads around the Downs from 10am to 2pm with lots of other cycling activities to get involved in. See the Cycle Sunday listing.

Starting Out

Starting Out

Better by Bike

Everything you need to know about Cycling in Bristol and surrounding areas, route maps and more

Better by Bike Facebook page

Bristol Bikeability

Bristol City Council Bikeability and All Abilities Cycling Training Team offers free training and cycle activities to people of all ages and abilities

Bristol Bikeability Facebook page

Bristol City Council Cycling page

Bristol Family Cycling Centre

Cycle coaching and skills sessions on a safe off-road course for all ages and abilities to build confidence, bike maintenance and bikes, all-abilities bikes and trikes to try.

Family Cycling Centre Facebook page

British Cycling’s HSBC UK Ready Set Ride initiative to help children 18 months to 8 years to learn to ride a bike

British Cycling

The governing body for cycling, information on all types of cycling from getting going to commuting, sportives and racing.

British Cycling Facebook page

East Bristol Kidical Mass

Family cycle rides aiming to get children and adults cycling together.

Join the group here: East Bristol Kidical Mass Group

HSBC Breeze

Inspiring women to ride for fun and fitness

Breeze Facebook page


Helping people to get out cycling through Bike maintenance courses, free Cycle training, refurbished bikes, group rides (for Wellbeing, Visually Impaired, Over 55s and young people) and Dr Bike.

LifeCycle Facebook page


A resource with content from: Choosing your child’s first bike and teaching them how to ride without stabilisers to Family cycle routes and Urban adventures through the National Cycle Network.

Sustrans walking and cycling routes

Road Cycling

Audax Club Bristol

Audax Club Facebook page

Bristol South Cycling Club

Bristol South Cycling Club Facebook page

Bristol Road Club

Bristol Road Club Facebook page

BW Cycling

BW Cycling Facebook page

Saturday morning 7am ride: BW Cycling Saturday ride

Bristol Cycling Development Squad

Various activities from Go Ride Skills Sessions to Race teams

Bristol Cycling Facebook page

Brewdog Bristol Cycling Club

A cycling club with a difference; focussed around our local community, good beer, and open to anyone. Come on down a get involved!!

Brewdog Bristol Cycling Club Facebook page

Bristol Belles Cycling Club – Warmley, South Glos

New female only cycling club based in East Bristol (South Glos) with an emphasis on having fun (and eating cake) for riders of all abilities.

Bristol Belles Facebook page (no updates for a while)

Bristol and District Triathlon Club

Triathlon club founded to serve multisport athletes of all abilities in the greater Bristol area.

BAD Tri Facebook page

Cycle Bristol CTC

A local member group of Cycling UK

Bristol Thursday Old Time Cyclists

A group of older cyclists who run a gentle weekly ride to a pub and back.

Bristol (Occasional) Road Cyclists

Facebook group for road cyclists based around Bristol or the south west to arrange or invite other members on informal long distance (12-15 MPH average, 30 miles +) rides. Riders of all ages and abilities welcome

Bristol (occasional) Road Cyclists Facebook group

Bristol City Cycling

Bristol Cycling Campaign have regular rides, and also a journey planner

Cycle out Bristol

The cycling branch of the Gay Outdoor Club offer friendly sociable rides.

Dasrad Klub

Saturday morning 9am ride, Tuesday 7am ride

DasRad Klub Facebook page

Dropouts Cycle Club

Dropouts Cycle Club Facebook page

Specialized Concept Store Ambassador Ride (monthly Sunday 10.30am rides)

Specialixed Concept Store Bristol Facebook event page

University of Bristol Cycling Club

University of Bristol Cycling Facebook page

Mountain Biking

If you prefer cycling off-road, on trails uphill and downhill, like adrenalin sports with a high skill level this could be for you.

Introduction to mountain biking

British Cycling’s Get Into Mountain Biking Information

Bristol Trails Group

Building and maintaining mountain bike trails in Bristol.

Mountain biking at Ashton Court Estate

The mountain bike trails at Ashton Court Estate are suitable for all abilities, including families. They also host a range of competitions and charity biking events.

MTB Bristol guide

The trail highlights, pumptracks and top pit stops – you can’t go wrong with this guide to the best of Bristol mountain biking.

Better by Bike

Better by Bike’s guide to Mountain Biking Routes

Pedal Progression

Bike Hire and Skills Coaching at Ashton Court.

Bristol Mountain Bike Club

Facebook group for BMBC – a club for mountain bike riders in and around Bristol.

Bristol and surrounding area mountain bike group

Facebook group where people can discuss mountain bike tips and arrange/ organise meet ups or group rides

Bristol and surrounding area Facebook group

Bristol Biking Friends

B Biking Friends Facebook group for mountain biking, sharing rides, etc.


Fancy improving your skills and having some fun on a BMX track?

Access Sport

Access Sport and Bristol City Council are working together to provide updated BMX tracks in Bristol.

Access Sport are also setting up new club activity and coaching sessions, follow their Bristol BMX Facebook page, Lawrence Weston. Henacre Facebook page, and Hillfields Facebook page

Bristol Trails Group

Have a guide to BMX and pump tracks.

Better by Bike

Have a guide to BMX ramp parks and racing tracks.

Other Cycling Resources

Bristol Cycling Campaign

A volunteer group who want to make Greater Bristol better for cycling.

Bristol Cycle Festival

A fun annual festival to celebrate all things cycling

Yo Bikes

Bikes that can be hired around the city