Manchester to Blackpool

Sunday 10 Jul 2022The Piazza, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike

This ride has now passed.

Thank you to all the riders who took part in this year's ride. Already planning the 2023 ride and looking forward to seeing you then. Previous riders will be notified by email when the ride is open for booking.

Rider photos


The Christie Manchester to Blackpool ride is a very popular event - 60 miles from Salford Quays to a great finish with music, food and beer tent on the South Promenade in Blackpool. Lots of refreshment stops along the scenic country lanes of Lancashire, with marshals, cycle mechanics, medical and pick up vehicles looking after you. The Christie charity team will welcome you over the finish line with a well deserved MEDAL, then join your friends and families with music and refreshments.

The event is registered with British Cycling and will follow Covid-safety advice from the Government, British Cycling and local statutory bodies.

We recommend that everyone taking part in one of our rides takes time to read the current How to Ride in a Group guide from British Cycling which you can read here.

Social distancing and other safety measures will be in place - full details will be emailed before the ride and updates can be seen on the Bike Events website here

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Ride Details


The Piazza, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ


South Promenade, Blackpool (opposite the mirror ball) and at Solaris Centre (FY4 1RW) for refreshments and music.


60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike

Challenge rating


Start times

7.15am - 9.45am*


Entry Pack/s (enter no. required) (£25.50)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person (£25.50)
Transport Afternoon (£28.50)
Transport Morning (£28.50)

Other info

Pre-registered riders: check booking details in your online account area for your individual start time

Riders will be set off in groups at 30 second intervals.
Road / Hybrid / Mountain Bike suitable.
Minimum rider age 14. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.
All riders must 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.**
We advise all riders take a Covid-19 test prior to taking part in the ride

GPX routes are available after online booking.

For answers to common queries about our rides, please see our ONLINE FAQs
Bike Events 0117 422 1472

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 Main Info Desk on the Ground Floor of the Mall. They'll give you a 'special tariff' ticket to use at the Pay Machine. The info desk is staffed from 10.00am until 6.30pm; outside of those times use the intercom. Car park is open 5.00am - midnight. BE AWARE height restriction 2.1m. Remove bikes from your car roof (Bike Events are not responsible for any damage if you don't do this). Marshals near the car park entrance will look after bikes while you park.

Parking near the Finish is at the Pay and Display car park on South Yeadon Way, FY1 6BF
Please don't block any dropped kerbs in the Harrowside area or you'll get a Penalty Charge notice.

SPECIAL COACHES are being planned from Blackpool in the morning to take riders (and bikes) to the Start and in the afternoon to take riders back to Manchester. Please book in advance to guarantee a seat
Transport ticket holders please note:
Morning coaches leave at 6.30am from Blackpool (FY4 1RW). Please meet at 6.15am by the Solaris Centre, South Promenade, Blackpool to start loading. If you book MORNING transport, your name will be on a list so no ticket needed (For riders who opt to collect packs at start of ride).

Return transport to Manchester:
Coaches will run at set times in the afternoon to take cyclists/bikes back to the Start - between approximately 1.30pm and 5.30pm. All journeys are non-stop.
Transport tickets are NON REFUNDABLE.
We stack the bikes on the trucks very carefully but if you have any particular concerns about your bike then please bring your own pipe lagging with you to protect the frame.

Getting here by train

Trains from Blackpool to Manchester will NOT allow bikes on board

Sorry, no photographer on this ride

Get pedalling this summer for #TeamChristie

The Christie charity provides enhanced services for cancer patients over and above what the NHS funds. It focuses on 4 main areas – research, care and treatment, education and extra patient services.
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 medal
• A welcome pack
• A free Christie T-shirt
• Fundraising support and advice leading up to the ride
• An unforgettable experience!
And any fundraiser who raises over £250 before Sunday 7th July will receive a free Team Christie cycling jersey!
With your support, we can carry out more research, give more people the very best treatment and care – and save even more lives.
You can read more about how The Christie charity makes a difference to cancer patients on our

If you have any questions please get in touch by calling 0161 446 3400 or emailing events@christies.orgRegistered charity number:1201654