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Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).


Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).


For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).


These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

THIS IS A SPONSORED CHARITY RIDE. Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU.
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Manchester to Blackpool

Sunday 10 Jul 2016

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This invigorating ride is an extremely popular event amongst cyclists of all abilities. The route covers 60 miles from Manchester, along the scenic country lanes of Lancashire, and then finishes on the South Promenade in Blackpool. The Christie charity team will welcome you over the finish line where cyclists can enjoy a BBQ, live music and a well-earned massage.

For the first time this year, the event will start from the iconic Imperial War Museum on Salford Quays

The Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride is The Christie charity’s largest cycling event that is attended by over 6,000 cyclists each year. The money raised from The Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride helps to provide inspiration and hope to cancer patients and their families, as well as helping to carry out more research, give more people the very best treatment and care – and save even more lives.

Entry fees go towards the safe running of the event; The Christie charity needs participants to raise sponsorship to help revolutionise the fight against cancer.

Don’t just take our word for how great this event is:

"A great route, using a varied mixture of well-signed roads before heading for the coast and along Blackpool’s South Shore Promenade. Riding into the finish area was a memorable experience for riders, with lots of cheering well-wishers. The Solaris Centre parkland was the perfect post-ride chill-out zone where riders could relax and reflect on a memorable ride which raised funds for The Christie hospital in Manchester”. Cycling Active Magazine

“Manchester to Blackpool is such a fun ride and the music and beer tent is a great dangling carrot during the ride.” Baz Bignell

Ride Details
StartImperial War Museum, Quay West, Trafford Wharf Rd, Manchester M17 1TZ
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FinishSouth Promenade, Blackpool (opposite the mirror ball)
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Distance60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike
Challenge Rating ELEVATION INFO (TOTAL CLIMB): 1800ft.
Getting There: CarFree car parking + Drop-off (at start) - Man Utd football ground N3 car park - John Gilbert Way off A5081
NO DROP-OFF OR PARKING AT IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
Trafford Rd and Bridgewater Way will be closed from 06.00 for the SkyRide - use M60 Junction 9, A5081 Park Way, Village Way and Wharfside Way to the Man Utd N3 carpark on John Gilbert Way, from Manchester follow the diversion Stretford Rd, Talbot Rd, Chester Rd, Kingsway and Park Rd. Cyclists may cycle from Chester Rd to Trafford Wharf Rd

SPECIAL COACHES WILL RUN FROM BLACKPOOL IN THE MORNING TO TAKE RIDERS TO THE START AND IN THE AFTERNOON TO TAKE RIDERS BACK TO MANCHESTER. We strongly recommend booking your place in advance to guarantee a seat Please meet 6.00am by the Solaris Centre at South promenade in Blackpool to start loading.
Parking near the finish is at Pay and Display car park on South Yeadon Way, FY1 6BF
Please note that transport tickets are NON REFUNDABLE.
Getting There: TrainTrains from Blackpool to Manchester will NOT allow bikes on board - we are running coaches and trucks from Blackpool in the morning and afternoon
Start Times6.30am - 9.20am
Local Infowww.visitmanchester.com
www.visitblackpool.com
www.visitlancashire.com
Other InfoRoad / Hybrid / Mountain Bike suitable.
Minimum rider age 14. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.
Transport ticket holders please note:
Morning coaches leave at 6am from Blackpool (FY4 1RW)
Return transport to Manchester after the event at set times until 5.30pm - listen for announcements on the day.

It is recommended that all riders wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day

** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**

GPX routes are available after online booking.

For answers to common queries about our rides, please see our ONLINE FAQs
PricingEntry Pack (£19.60)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£19.00)
Transport Afternoon (£25.50)
Transport Morning (£25.50)

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The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and is proud to provide patients with the best standard of care within a world class cancer centre. Our charity raises money in order to develop four vital areas including:

Care and treatment – to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment
Research – to improve treatment and diagnosis for cancer patients across the world
Education – to shape future talent at our School of Oncology
Extra patient services – to provide those little things such as relaxing massages, wigs and art classes

By taking part in The Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride and raising sponsorship, you can make a difference towards the revolution against cancer and can help save lives.
As part of Team Christie you will receive regular fundraising tips and advice, as well as a free charity T-shirt to wear on race day.

Anyone who raises £200 before 24th June will receive a free Team Christie cycling jersey. Cycling jerseys are also available to buy for £22.50.

The Christie Sporting Events Team is at hand to offer any fundraising support you might need. If you have any questions please get in touch by calling 0161 446 3400 or emailing events@christies.org
Reg charity 1049751

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