BRC Friendly Chaingangs

BRC Friendly Chaingangs will resume again on Tuesday 29th March 2022 at 6.00pm. We meet on Brunel Lock Rd just down from the Nova Scotia. 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 hamlet.cottage@hotmail.co.uk. Chris will then assign you to a group of up to 10 riders and a time to meet.

2. Please do not come along if you have any Covid symptoms.

PLEASE NOTE: The “All Clubs Chaingang” is not a BRC chaingang and it is not a British Cycling-affililated club ride. This ride meets at the Nova Scotia.


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 is 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. 
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a BRC member and strong enough to ride the All Clubs Chaingang, please don't switch to a slower BRC Friendly Chaingang just to have an easy ride, as this invariably breaks up the ride and ruins it for the other riders. 

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 hamlet.cottage@hotmail.co.uk to introduce yourself.
These chaingangs will leave from Brunel Lock Road at 6.00pm.


We start out in normal club formation until the end of long Ashton where the chaingang begins. Ride out through Chew Magna, complete two laps of the lake and then return via Winford and ending at the A38. For the first two weeks due to the light we will only do 1 lap of the lake. 
Please help us to help the group matching at the start- be honest with your pace (you are expected to ride through and off and not just sit on the back!) and understand that the group size limits are for safety- plus you get a harder workout in a smaller group - a win-win situation.

Slower/New joiners Group
For those who haven't tried chaingang before, or have and it's been a little too fast, we are hoping to have a slower paced group for the first few weeks so please come along and give it a try.  

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!
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