Updated: Thursday, 23rd November 2017 @ 12:04pm

Olympic champion Rebecca Romero backs forthcoming Great Manchester Cycle

Olympic champion Rebecca Romero backs forthcoming Great Manchester Cycle

By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent 

Olympic gold medal winner Rebecca Romero has welcomed the announcement of a Great Manchester Cycle in the city on June 4. 

The 13 mile route starts at Eastlands and passes Old Trafford and will offer cyclists a rare chance to ride on the Mancunian Way, normally closed to cyclists. 

Romero – 3km individual pursuit champion in Beijing four years ago – believes the event will further cement Manchester’s reputation as the home of British cycling. 

The National Cycling Centre at SportsCity regularly hosts world class cycling events, and last year the new £24m National Indoor BMX Centre adjacent to the Velodrome opened its doors.  Governing body British Cycling is based at SportsCity. 

She said: “I am thrilled at the prospect of the Great Manchester Cycle in my favourite sporting city. It will be a real boost for the sport and I’m sure will capture the imagination of the public.” 

Both seasoned cyclists and families will be able to take part with the course having three different stopping points – perfect for those wanting to challenge themselves or take a leisurely ride around Manchester’s closed roads. 

The event is being supported by both British Cycling and Manchester City Council. 

Councillor Mike Amesbury, executive member for culture and leisure, said, “The Great Manchester Cycle is a unique chance for everyone, regardless of ability, to get on their bikes and enjoy riding through the city on roads free of traffic.

“The 2012 Olympics will see a national focus on sport that will help inspire everyone to get more active. Manchester is hosting a selection of mass participation events throughout the year providing as many people as possible with the chance to take part.” 

The event is one of many mass participation events happening in Manchester this year, along with the likes of the Bupa Great Manchester Run, Powerade Great CityGames and British Gas Great Manchester Swim. 

Entries are limited however and you need to apply via www.greatcycle.org and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.