‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for bikers to race through city’s empty streets in Great Manchester Cycle

By Danielle Wainwright

Lucky British Cycling members are set for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy the clear roads of Manchester when they exclusively lead thousands of avid bikers through The Great Manchester Cycle this June.

The 13-mile ride, on June 30, will allow the pros to have their own exclusive starting zone ahead of other racers.

Last year more than 7,000 riders took to the roads in a fantastic event that promoters have promised, will this year, be bigger and better than ever.

Members of the British Cycling group will carry the logo on their event number all the way to the finish line on Etihad Campus – home to Manchester City FC.

Gavin Finch, head of marketing at British Cycling, said: “The Great Manchester Cycle was a brilliant event last year and it was fantastic to see so many cyclists lining up ready to go – and just a stone’s throw from our offices!

“We’re incredibly grateful to our members and wanted to give those taking part the best event experience on the day, offering a unique opportunity to lead out the thousands of riders with nothing but clear roads ahead.”

The ride will allow bikers – pros and the public alike – to cycle along iconic Mancunian Way which on any other day is out of bounds.

Riders will also have the choice of three distances, designed to cater for all abilities from club cyclists through to families wanting to take on the challenge together.

There’s ‘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.

Lizzie Amitstead, winner of Britain’s first medal of the Olympic Games last summer in the cycling road race, took part in the Great Manchester Cycle in 2012 and described the event as ‘a fantastic day out’.

Entry for each route will cost just £20 for adults and £5 for kids.

For further information on the route, event details and how to enter, visit

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