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Great Manchester Cycle

29/06/2014 - Manchester - Sportive

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2014 will be the third edition of this mass participation, closed road urban cycling event taking place in the heart of Manchester. The Great Manchester Cycle offers a distance to suit everyone, and will take riders along a stretch of what is usually Manchester's busiest motorway - the iconic Mancunian way. 

Suitable for all ages and abilities, the Great Manchester Cycle is brought to you by the organisers of the Bupa Great Manchester Run, so you can be guaranteed a safe and well organised event. 

Starting and finishing at Etihad Campus, Sportcity, the course will take you through the districts of Manchester, Trafford and Salford. The urban terrain provides access to roads normally off-limits to cyclists, giving you a new perspective on the iconic buildings and landscapes of Greater Manchester. 

The event has three distance options, giving you the option to Get Out and Pedal over 13 miles, Rule the Roads over 26 miles or Test Yourself over 52 miles. 

This event gives cyclists the opportunity to experience good flat traffic free roads with some technical sections to test their handling skills. From the start at the Etihad Campus riders will quickly get into their rhythm as they head along Alan Turing Way and Ashton Old Rd, there are some narrow section so riders will need to be vigilant as they speed towards the Mancunian Way. The excellent road surfaces will see riders quickly pass along the Mancunian Way heading west to Old Trafford. Once into Trafford the quality of the riding remains high with some technical sections around the Trafford Quays as riders turn back towards the Etihad Campus.

Riders retrace a similar route back to the lapping point at the Etihad, where those taking on the 26 and 25 mile routes must follow signage to continue. This route may be flat allowing for good average mph however, as riders complete more laps it will be a real test of endurance to maintain your good times on the undulating and technical sections on the route.

There will be a feed station in Trafford, allowing riders to stop and rehydrate and refuel. This feed station will also have a mechanical pit stop should you have any small mechanical issues with your bike (riders are asked to ensure that their bikes are in good working order when arriving at the event and that a minimum of a spare inner tube, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and hand pump are carried with them at all times).

The route will also be supported by moto marshals who can help respond to any incidents on course. Medical teams will roam the route and can be deployed to incidents as required.

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Etihad Campus
Address Line 2 Sportcity
Town Manchester
County Greater Manchester
Postcode M11 3FF
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Organiser Details
Name Nova
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County Greater Manchester
Postcode M11 3FF

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