Manchester to Blackpool

Sunday 08 Jul 2018The Piazza, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike

This ride has now passed.

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

Rider photos

***NEW START VENUE this year from the Piazza at Media City on Salford Quays***

The fantastic Manchester to Blackpool ride is a very popular event with cyclists of all abilities. The route covers 60 miles from Manchester, with lots of refreshment stops along the scenic country lanes of Lancashire, and finishes on the South Promenade in Blackpool. The Christie charity team will welcome you over the finish line, then join your friends and families with food, beer tent, live music and a well-earned massage.

The Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride is The Christie charity’s largest cycling event that is attended by over 4,000 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

Regarding the recent moorland fires, there are no anticipated road closures along our route. The wind is forecast to be from a westerly direction and so blowing any smoke away from the route. However, it is recommended that asthmatics bring their usual medication or inhalers.

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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

6.30am - 9.20am


Entry Pack (individual/s - enter no. req.) (£19.80)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£19.00)
Transport Afternoon (£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

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 tarriff' 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 itself is open 5.00am - midnight. 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.

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 do not block any dropped kerbs in the Harrowside area or you'll get a Penalty Charge notice.
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

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 £200 before Sunday 3rd 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