Big Sunday Big Funday... - Pedal Progression


13 May 2023

Big Sunday Big Funday…

Big Sunday…

We’ve been running social shop rides now since October 2022. We meet on a Saturday morning at 7am and head out for spin. The trails we ride depend on the weather, trail conditions, the ability of riders who turn up and what we fancy riding. The experience of riders varies from those who have been riding a few months to over 20 years, the atmosphere is always friendly, inclusive and we run a ‘no drop’ vibe. This means we’ll always wait for people if they want us to.

However, as fun as it is to ride around Bristol trails (aren’t we lucky), the idea came about to do a similar type of ride but to go a bit further afield.. That’s how the Big Sunday came about. Many local riders, particularly those who have not been riding for a long time are keen to explore some of the great riding spots we have within a short drive of Bristol and find new trails with others. We love to introduce new riders to new places and new challenges, so naturally the idea of the Big Sunday ticked all the boxes for us.

The Location

For the first Big Sunday we choose Cwm Carn. Only an hours’ drive from Pedal Progression HQ, just across the bridge into Wales, one of our favourite spots. The hills are amazing, great views and and after leaving the car park you very quickly get a sense of feeling remote and in the wilderness, a feeling many of us city dwellers crave and do not get enough of. The formal trails, Twrch and Cafell are hard surfaced and red graded, these trails criss-cross downhill tracks, rock descents and an extensive network natural off-piste awesomeness. It’s got something for everyone.

The ride…

We met in the trail centre car park at 10am and after a quick meet and greet we headed off up the first climb! It’s a biggie,

Rather than give you a blow by blow account, we’ll let the pics speak for themselves! It was a fantastic day, with loads of riding, a good bit of heavy breathing, whooping and hollering and fun with riding buddies!

Come join us and our ride community…

There are loads of ways to get involved:

  • Rock up to one of our Satruday morning rides – best place to keep up to date is our Instagram
  • If you’d like to have a chat about the rides – pop into the shop and speak to one of the Ollies.
  • No bike? no worries!… We can provide you a bike for the rides, just drop us an email to arrange the hire.
  • Want to build your confidence on the bike before you join us? You can book onto one of our many coaching sessions. We run public courses, private 1-2-1 and group skills sessions.

What are you waiting for ??

Have look through the pics…Check our Insta for more pics from the day and give us a shout. We’d love to see you on the trails and in the hills. The next Big Sunday is 13th August.


Written by:

Ollie Cain