Rowsell, who won gold alongside Laura Trott and Dani King in the women’s team pursuit, will be taking time out of her busy race schedule to take part in this unique city-centre ride. Last year’s event attracted over 7,000 entrants, many of whom were taking part in an organised cycling event for the first time.
Starting and finishing at Etihad Campus, the home of Manchester City FC, the 13-mile loop will give participants the chance to see the city from a whole new perspective as they pass landmarks such as Old Trafford and ride along roads in a traffic-free environment, including the iconic Mancunian Way – a stretch of motorway normally off-limits to cyclist.
The event caters for all abilities, from club cyclists to families who wish to take on the challenge together. Riders have a choice of three routes: ‘A Great Day Out’ over 13 miles, ‘Rule the Roads’ over 26 miles, or for the more established riders, ‘Break Away from the Pack’ over 52 miles.
Speaking on Wednesday at the launch event in Manchester, Rowsell who is currently riding for the newly formed Wiggle-Honda women’s pro-cycling team, said: “Having spent a number of years living and training in Manchester, it’s great to see the Great Manchester Cycle returning for a second year as it’s such a fantastic event.”
She continued: “Manchester is one of the best cities for sport and cycling in the UK, so to be able to explore roads on the safety of 13 miles of closed roads will be a really unique experience.
“There really is something for everyone; it’s a platform for club cyclists, families and recreational riders of all abilities to have a great fun day out.”
Entry for each route will cost just £20 for adults and £5 for kids. Children aged 3-7 can take part for free.
For further information on the route, event details and how to enter please visit http://www.greatcycle.org/.