Starting from the Etihad Campus, participants will rule the roads on a 13-mile circuit that takes in local landmarks including Old Trafford and a stretch on Mancunian Way, usually one of the city’s busiest roads. There are three distances available, with riders choosing to take on either a 13, 26 or 52-mile ride through Manchester’s traffic-free streets.
Taking part in the 52-mile route will be Olympic Gold medallist, Joanna Rowsell. Having spent a number of years living and training in the city, she knows the area well:
“Manchester is one of the best cities for sport and cycling in the UK, so to be able to explore on the safety of closed roads will be a really unique experience.” She continued: “It’s great to see the Great Manchester Cycle returning for a second year as it’s such a fantastic event.”
There will be chip timing and feed stations available to participants, plus an event village hosting cycle industry exhibitors, charity partners and food concessions. With entertainment throughout the day, the Great Manchester Cycle will be a fantastic event in one of the UK’s most passionate sporting cities.
A host of celebrities will be joining in the fun, including Emmerdale stars Liam Fox (Dan Spencer), Rik Makarem (Nikhil Sharma), Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden), Zoe Henry (Rhona Kirk), Michele Hardwick (Vanessa Woodfield), Nicola Wheeler (Nicola King), Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle), James Hooton (Sam Dingle) and ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November. The team will be riding to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Jamie Still, Event Director from organisers Nova, said, “We received an amazing response to this event in its first year, from participants across the region and around the UK. We hope it will continue to grow from strength to strength with the invaluable support of our partners Manchester City Council.”
All three distances are now full and no further entries are being accepted. For event information, please visit the website: http://www.greatcycle.org.