Manchester to Blackpool

Sunday 14 Jul 2024The Piazza, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike

This ride has now passed.

This ride has now passed.
Well done to all cyclists who took part.

View the official ride photos here:

Rider photos

Transport in the Afternoon is now sold out.
Trains from Blackpool North will allow 2 - 4 cycles per train. Trains depart for Manchester Piccadilly roughly every 30 mins.

Online booking for this ride is now closed. Please come along and sign up on the day at our admin tent in the start area (Media City Piazza) between 7.30am - 9.45am.

On the day entry fee will be £29.00 (card or cash accepted)

If you need to contact Bike Events staff during the ride this Sunday 14 July you can call us on 07810 334161. This number will only be active between 07:30 and 17:00 this Sunday. We will give out Medical Emergency and Mechanics/Pick-up phone numbers at the Start line.

The Christie Manchester to Blackpool ride is great cycling 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 then join your friends and families with music and refreshments.

The event is registered with British Cycling - please How to Ride in a Group guide from British Cycling which you can read here.
Social distancing and other safety measures here

Official rider photos from Sports Action Photo will be available after the ride, here

Map - click for larger version

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

7.30am - 9.45am*


Entry Pack/s (enter number of riders required) - includes P+P (£28.90)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) - includes P+P (£28.90)
14-17 Year Old Entry - includes P+P (£28.90)
Transport Morning (names checked upon boarding) (£31.50)

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 aged 17 years or under MUST have a signed parental consent form. The form is emailed to each rider and posted in rider packs with the Ride Guide, and can also be downloaded HERE
Please email the completed form to or bring this to the bike ride Check In on the day. 16 and 17 year olds may cycle unaccompanied. 15 year olds and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.

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.**
Do NOT take part if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

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 Quayside Media City Car Park (formerly known as Lowry Outlet), Manchester M50 3AH.
£5 flat rate for the whole day for event participants. Pay on leaving, at Pay Station, but first show your rider number at the Customer Service Hub on the First Floor of the Centre. They'll give you a 'special tariff' ticket to use at the Pay Station. The Customer Service Hub is open 11.00am until 5.00pm; outside of those times please use the intercom, or call 0161 848 1840. Car park is open 24 hours.
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).

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 & TRUCKS will run from Blackpool in the morning to take riders (and their 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 sharp from Blackpool (FY4 1RW). Please meet at 6.00am by the Solaris Centre, South Promenade, Blackpool to start loading. If you book MORNING transport, your name will be on the passenger list that we'll have with us.

Return transport to Manchester: SOLD OUT Please email to be added to the waiting list.
Trains from Blackpool North will take 2 bikes per train.

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. Go to the Bike Events tent on arrival in Blackpool - if you have
booked afternoon transport you will receive a ticket for the next available service.
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 this year allow 2 bikes on board per train (free of charge) - buy your ticket at the station, but beware of this restriction on number of cycles.

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 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