About us

Find out why we set Ride Bristol up as a charity
and who the trustees are

Our mission

Ride Bristol’s mission is to support and grow the incredible off-road cycling scene in Bristol, building, maintaining and fundraising for an extensive and varied local trail network for all.

We’re working to grow a vibrant, respectful and diverse community of trail users. We’ll help these users to be involved in the scene and give them opportunities to help it grow. We want to celebrate Bristol’s scene and provide information and resources to encourage people to enjoy the trails we love.

We are a registered charity and volunteer community, supported by a generous network of organisations and individuals.

Our values

Our values guide what we do and how we do it.

High quality trails

Great trails create great experiences which encourage more people to ride more often.


Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in off-road cycling and volunteering.

Think big

We should think big, take inspiration from all over the world and aspire to make Bristol’s trails the envy of the UK and the world.


Volunteering and being part of a community help people to appreciate the trails we’ve got and feel good about themselves.


Bristol’s trails should offer something for everyone, from World Champions to first time riders.

We're stronger together

The more people we work with and connect with, the more we can achieve.

Meet the trustees

Chris Leeks

What excites you most about Ride Bristol?

Sustainable trails, partnerships with landowners, riding groups driving this change, I see this around the UK and think, Ride Bristol can help make it happen here.

Claire Sharpe

Comoing soon

Tim Knowles

What excites you most about Ride Bristol?

Working to develop a great network of connected off-road trails, accessible from all over the city, creating a broad range of long-term, sanctioned new trails in the Bristol area, for riders of different levels, styles…
I wish I’d discovered mountain biking decades ago – it’s great escaping to the woods and has become my medicine, so I’m keen to introduce others to it!

Adam Coupland

Why did you volunteer to be a trustee?

When I heard the trail advocacy group was thinking of converting into a charity i knew this was a way of turning my day job as an accountant into something that could give back to the trails..

Ollie Cain

Why did you volunteer to be a trustee?

I am passionate about getting more people riding, I have had so much pleasure and so many great memories from riding that I’d like to pass this on. I’d like to work on and see improved access to an extensive and sustainable trail network that has something for everyone. Newbies to seasoned shredders.

Sam Burrough

What excites you most about Ride Bristol?

The huge potential of what we can achieve in and around Bristol with a little imagination, not just places to ride but how we might help more people to discover the joy of bikes trails and adventures.