Manchester to Blackpool

Sunday 09 Jul 2017Imperial War Museum, Quay West, Trafford Wharf Rd, Manchester M17 1TZ60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike
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This ride has now passed.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Manchester to Blackpool event on Sunday. We hope you enjoyed it.
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Rider photos

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. The ride starts between 6:30 and 9:20am.

On the day entry fee will be £20

If you need to contact Bike Events staff during the ride this Sunday 2nd July you can call us on 07724 554 198. This number will only be active between 06:30 and 17:00 this Sunday. We will give out Medical Emergency and Mechanics/Pick-up phone numbers at the Start line.

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.

Once again, 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

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Ride Details


Imperial War Museum, Quay West, Trafford Wharf Rd, Manchester M17 1TZ


South Promenade, Blackpool (opposite the mirror ball)


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

Challenge rating


Start times

6.30am - 9.20am


Entry Pack (£19.80)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£19.00)
Transport Afternoon (£25.50)
Transport Morning (£25.50)

Other info

Road / 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

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

Free car parking + Drop-off (at start) - Man Utd football ground N3 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 here by train

Trains from Blackpool to Manchester will NOT allow bikes on board - we are running coaches and trucks from Blackpool in the morning and afternoon

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 experience!

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