BRC Friendly Chaingangs

BRC Friendly Chaingang is now finished for this year but will resume again in 2022 on Tuesday 29th March at 6.00pm. The following joining rules will still apply.

1. Do not just turn up for the BRC Friendly Chaingang, you must first introduce yourself by emailing Chris Jones at Chris will then assign you to a group of 8 riders and a time to meet.

2. Groups must not go out with more than 8 riders and each group must ensure they stay at least 200 metres apart on the road.

3. Please do not come along if you have any Covid symptoms, bring a mask, and observe social distancing guidelines at the meeting place. Please review the NHS website here. 

PLEASE NOTE: The “All Clubs Chaingang” is not a BRC chaingang and is therefore limited to 6 riders as it is not a British Cycling-affililated club ride.

There is a long established "All Clubs Chaingang" that goes out every Tuesday night in the summer at 6.00pm from the Nova Scotia pub, BS1 6XJ.
This has been going for more than 20 years and is not club specific and not managed by Bristol Road Club, however you can join it if you are an experienced rider that knows how to ride through and off, fast and safely, with the emphasis on safely. This is a very hard training session and not suitable for inexperienced riders, no matter how strong you may be.

BRC Friendly Chaingangs
These are Bristol Road Club specific chaingangs,split into groups of similar ability, that are intended to be conducted at a steady pace to teach new riders good practice and etiquette in riding in chaingang format. It is open to all Bristol Road Club riders and other riders by invitation. So don't just turn up without an introduction, please pre-register if you wish to come along by sending an email Chris Jones at to introduce yourself.
These chaingangs will leave from Brunel Lock Road at 6.00pm.

Riding on open roads in a group can be hazardous. All riders are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety, individuals take part in any group activities at their own risk. We strongly urge all riders to obtain appropriate 3rd party insurance as a minimum, British Cycling can provide this.

All riders should carry identification on them which includes an emergency contact name and emergency contact number as well as any medical conditions that paramedics should be aware of in the event of an accident. 
You can create a medical ID on your phone as follows:
  • Open Health and tap Medical ID > Edit.
  • Enter your emergency contacts and health information like your birth date, height, and blood type.
  • Turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen.
  • When you're finished, tap Done.
It should be noted that no liability shall be attached to the Bristol Road Club (including its officials and members) for any injury, loss or damage suffered.
Before you come out, please read and view the two links below on how to ride in a chain gang and confirm that you have done so.
1. Rules of a Chain Gang
The Chain Gang/ Through-and-off/ Pace Line

2. British Cycling video to explain how to ride properly in a chain gang.

It's a chain because each rider is closely linked to the rider in front and behind, remember that and don't surge through!