Family event enters 17th year with five routes to choose from

Sunday 20 June has been announced as this year’s date for Bristol’s annual Biggest Bike Ride, one of Britain’s largest mass participation cycling events, now in its 17th year, which last year attracted 7,000 participants.

Aimed at families, five routes are offered of between nine and 38 miles in length, allowing cyclists of all ages and abilities to participate, including the opportunity to ride along a traffic-free Portway, while longer routes also incorporate some of the countryside outside the city.

All five rides begin at Millenium Square, and the names give a clue as to what each involves – the Family Fiesta (nine miles), Avon Gorge Loop (14 miles), Failand Heights (18 miles), Sustrans’ Ride to Portishead (24 miles) and the Clevedon Challenge (38 miles).

Children under 14 years of age should be accompanied on all rides, say the organisers, and funds raised will benefit the Lord Mayor’s Appeal for Children, which helps disadvantaged children in the city at Christmas.

Anyone wishing to take part can register for the ride, which coincides with the start of National Bike Week, by visiting the Bristol City Council website or by telephoning 0117 903 6701.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.