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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 12 Jul 2015

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This ride has now passed.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on Sunday July 12th to raise money for The Christie. The photos from the event are available to view/purchase here:

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Starting from Manchester United Football Ground at Old Trafford, this invigorating ride will take you along country lanes to the finish on the South Promenade at Blackpool, where you can enjoy a barbecue, live music and well-earned massage (not to mention a well-earned drink in the beer tent!).

“Threading over 8,000 riders through Preston was no mean feat but organiser Bike Events did a great job with the 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, looking like the final stage of the Tour de France 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

"This was the first time I have participated in the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride and I loved every minute of it! I'll definitely be joining in next year as well. I had the misfortune to come off my bike at one point, largely through my inexperience, and your first aiders quickly helped me get back on the road, as did the mechanic at the next stop. Because of this I feel a little indebted to the event, so I intend making a donation to Christies as a gesture of my gratitude. Once again, thank you very much." N. H.

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

MINIMUM AGE 14YRS. All riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.

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.

Ride Details
StartManchester United Football Ground, Sir Alex Ferguson Way, Manchester, M16 0RA
FinishSouth Promenade, Blackpool (opposite the mirror ball)
Distance60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike
Challenge Rating ELEVATION INFO (TOTAL CLIMB): 1800ft.
Getting There: CarFree car parking (at start) - Man Utd football ground car park - John Gilbert Way off A5081
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 - 9.30am
Other InfoRoad / Hybrid / Mountain Bike suitable.
Minimum rider age 14. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.
Transport ticket holders:
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.

All riders are required to 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)



Get pedalling this summer for #TeamChristie

The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds, focusing 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 race
• An unforgettable race day experience!
Anyone who raises £150 by Sunday 2nd 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.

If you have any questions please get in touch by calling 0161 446 3400 or emailing

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