Good flowing course for 90%. The "technical section"over two bridges into and out of Salford/Mediacity was so narrow as to cause bottlenecks. A rethink there wouldn't go amiss: perhaps an extended run through the wide roads of Trafford Park would have been better.
Oh, an a 5 lap option (just about 100K) would be appreciated.
All the marshels, helpers, and of course "NOVA" deserve a huge cheer for what was the perfect ride, even the weather decided to help you. For the marshels who stood at their locations throughout they deserve special thanks.
Prior to the event I read a number of blogs and all I can say to those is "Get a life" - this was a great event - next year when I ride "and I will I for one will be 70 with one year to go to our golden wedding, why mention that - I made a ride video of the event and at one point my wife can be seen as she always is at any event I ride.
The event - the ride - the organisation "Thumbs up to all"
A very well organised event in its first year. The event catered for all types of cyclists with the 13, 26 and 52mi options which made for a great promotion of cycling in the City of the home of British Cycling. The course was well designed, taking in many iconic Manchester landmakrs. Perhaps further facilities could have been available at the Start/Finish. Fully recommended if the event is run in 2013.
An excellent event. I really hope that this is available again next year.
Excellent ride. Got away near the front at the start of the 52 mile route so didn't experience too much difficulty at the bottleneck in Salford Quays but saw the build up on the way back out. Other than that it was very well organised and a great experience which I will definately repeat next year. Many thanks to all involved!
When's the next one :)
This was a great ride, and although I heard about congestion on the first lap of the 52 miler, I had no problems with the 26 miler. One thing I'd say though is that two laps seemed to be more like 25 miles as the GPS flies, and the 4 lappers were clocking in around 50 miles. Not a big deal, but those average speeds are a way off.
I rode it on my Brompton, and the course was ideal for its limited range of gearing. Might even try the 52 miler on it next year.
Fantastic event, very well organised, brilliant fun, looking forward to next year
Had the most fantastic time, the event staff were amazing and very helful. Rather annoyingly I arriveded and realised I had forgot my helmet. Went to the repair stall at the Etiad but they had run out, it seems I wasn't the only one. There was a really lovely helpful woman there who was reassuring and kind, she took care of my bag as I ran to Asda before the ride to get a helmet, thankfully they had one. Got back and she very kindly offered to take care f my bag for the ride which was great as more time would have been taken up with finding the luggage stall and handing in. i'm only sorry not t have got her name to thank her personally, big thanks to you and huge thanks to the rganisers and all staff for making it such an enjoyable and pleasent experience. It was AMAZING.
Great day and ride, salford quays a bit narrow/slow especially on first lap! A fantastic route however A different route next year would be good to mix it up!
Great course and even better with no cars!
Fantastic day, had mechanical problems 3 miles into the 52 but motorcycle marshal got me going again and the other 49 miles were fantastic!
Excellent event looking forward to the next one
very well organised, look forward to next year, suprised my self with my time so aiming higher next year for the 52 miles
Excellent ride. A bit of a bottle neck on the first lap but it soon strung out and was a brilliantly fun ride.
The only part of the course I didn't like was the technical area around Salford Quays, with bollards in the middle of the course and very narrow and tight sections. But overall the traffic free riding was fantastic, hope they run this event again next year.
Brilliant ride, highlight was riding on the Mancunian Way, well organised, will definitely recommend!
Considering the vast number of riders - a really excellent day. Pity lap 1 in Salford was so slow due to narrow bridge and tight corners. However overall it was brilliant. ESP loved cycling on large CLOSED roads and we even had nice Manchester weather too.
Fantastic event and so well organised - we're already looking forward to the next one!
Brilliant event. Easy to get to and well organised making for an overall awesome experience! Will definitely be entering next year! Lots of fun. Should be more cycling events in the city/mass participation events in general. Ready for my next challenge!!