Manchester to Liverpool

Sunday 10 Jun 2018Salford Watersports Centre, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3SQ40 mile routes - family route includes sections along Mersey Canal towpath

This ride has now passed.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this year's Manchester to Liverpool ride. Photos taken on the day are available to browse and purchase, here:

Rider photos

New route across the Runcorn Bridge!
Two routes to choose from - the mostly traffic-free 40 mile route is great for family cycling and takes you along part of the Manchester Ship Canal. The new on-road route runs south of the canal to the beautiful gardens at Norton Priory and over the Mersey at the Silver Jubilee Bridge in Runcorn. Both routes head to the finish at Alfred Holt Recreation Ground, a stones throw from the mighty Mersey.

Minimum ages: 14yrs on the all on-road route and 8yrs on the family ride.

*PLEASE NOTE The family route follows part of the Trans Pennine Trail alongside the Manchester Ship Canal. We advise that this route option is most suitable for city / hybrid and mountain bikes with a minimum tyre size of 1.5"

Voted number 5 in The Independent's 10 Best Cycling Events for 2012!
"Yesterday was such a greatly run event, well signed posted, great marshals, friendly riders, amazing day and weather ... So glad I took part in this event." C. S
" Really enjoyed that - brilliant day - well signed and great route for the 55 miler - well done!" M. S.
"Excellent day yesterday .... can't wait for next year already." J.H

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Ride Details


Salford Watersports Centre, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3SQ


Alfred Holt Recreation ground, Riversdale Rd., Aigburth, Liverpool L19 3QN


40 mile routes - family route includes sections along Mersey Canal towpath

Challenge rating

55 mile route: 40 mile route:
ELEVATION INFO (TOTAL CLIMB): 40 mile route 800ft. / 55 mile route 1495ft.

Start times

8.00am - 10:00am at a time to suit you


Entry Pack (£19.50)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£19.00)
Children's Entry (8-16 years) (£8.00)
Student Entry (£12.50)
Transport AM (£25.00)
Transport PM (£25.00)

Other info

PLEASE NOTE: Part of both routes use the Trans Pennine Trail cycle path which at Hale Bank (west of Widnes) crosses a bridge where riders will have to dismount.
Minimum rider age 8 years on the family route, 14 years on the all on-road route. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18 and MUST wear a helmet.

RIDER TRANSPORT: Transport will run in the morning and afternoon taking riders to the Start and back to Salford Quays only. Meet 6.30am St. Margaret's School, Aigburth Rd., Liverpool L17 6AB at 06:30 for a 07:00 departure for the morning service. Return afternoon services will run at 2.30 & 4.30pm approx.. The cost is £25.00 for you and your bike. Some bubble wrap will be available to protect your bike. Bike Events is NOT responsible for any damage caused during transportation.

All riders are strongly recommended to wear a helmet. A selection 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.**
85 mile route road bike/hybrid recommended. 40 & 55 mile routes hybrid / mountain bike suitable. 80 mile route road / hybrid bike recommended. GPX routes are available after online booking.


Ride Gradings

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).

Getting here by car

Car parking for the Start is at the Lowry Outlet Car Park, Manchester, M50 3AH.
£3 flat rate for the whole day for event participants. Pay on exit but first show your rider number or certificate at the car park Info Desk to receive a 'special tarriff' ticket to use at the Pay Machine. The info desk is staffed from 10.00am to 6.30pm - outside of those times use the intercom. BE AWARE height restriction 2.1m. We will have marshals near the car park entrance to look after bikes that have been unloaded. Bike Events are NOT responsible for any damage caused by a failure to remove bikes from car roofs.

Getting here by train

Nearest station - Salford Crescent (half mile from the Start - just follow our signs). Please note - the Metro CANNOT take bikes. Please check with operator regarding carriage.
National Rail enquiries 03457 48 49 50

Sorry, no photographer on this ride

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Each and every pound donated makes a real difference to our patients, their families and friends.

As a member of Team Christie you will receive:
• A welcome pack
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• An unforgettable experience!

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