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Join the Daily Mirror Great Manchester Cycle for the UK's Biggest Street Party

by Holly Blades

As many come back from the May Bank Holiday weekend, the Great Manchester Cycle is gearing up to hold Britain's biggest street party over the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend on Monday 4th June 2012.

With over 200 events already planned over the Bank Holiday weekend in Greater Manchester, the Daily Mirror Great Manchester Cycle will certainly be the most spectacular. It will feature thousands of cyclists and will showcase 13 miles of closed roads, including a stretch of Manchester's busiest motorway - the iconic Mancunian way.

The 13-mile fully closed circuit and festival atmosphere will make it the biggest registered closure for a street party in the UK during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend.

The event will feature three different distances based around the 13 mile closed road loop designed to cater for all abilities, from club cyclists, to families who wish to take in the sights of the city on a ride together. There's Get Out and Pedal over 13 miles, Rule the Roads over 26 miles or Test Yourself over 52 miles.

For the more experienced riders, or those wanting a challenge on this four day weekend, the 52 mile Test Yourself route, which is also being classed as England's first ever closed-road sportive, will see riders complete four laps of the 13 mile loop. Starting and finishing at Eastlands, the home of Manchester City FC, the course takes in the districts of Manchester, Trafford and Salford, allowing cyclists the chance to see their city from a new perspective as they ride along roads normally strictly off limits to cyclists.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council's executive member for culture and leisure said: "The Daily Mirror Great Manchester Cycle is sure to be a highlight of Manchester's Jubilee weekend." 

He continued: "It's a great opportunity for cyclists to ride on car-free roads and with a 13-mile fully closed circuit it's sure to be a great success with cyclists." 

Set over the four-day Jubilee weekend (2-5 June) it means participants will be able to take a well-earned break on the Tuesday Bank Holiday so they can be rested to start back at work on the Wednesday.

The £10 entry fee not only gains admission to a closed road mass participation event, but riders will also be given accurate chip timing, a Great Manchester Cycle T-shirt, a medal and a finishers pack.

Set up by Nova International to be part of a 'Great' festival of sport in Manchester this summer, the Great Manchester Cycle will join a full programme that includes the UK's most popular 10k, the Bupa Great Manchester Run and the British Gas Great Manchester Swim.

For event information and how to sign up, please see here: