Manchester to Blackpool

Sunday 04 Jul 2021The Piazza, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ60 miles (approx) - suitable for Road/Hybrid/Mountain bike

This ride has now passed.

Thanks to all those riders who joined us on Sunday, and a big thank you from The Christie to all those fantastic fund-raisers - what a great day!

The famous 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, first aid 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.

ALL RIDERS REGISTERED FOR THE 2020 RIDE HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE 2021 RIDE AUTOMATICALLY If you signed up for the ride in 2020 but no longer have / did not receive your rider pack, just come along to the Bike Events admin tent at the Start & we will issue a replacement pack.

PLEASE BRING A MASK & a spare one.

COACH TRANSPORT This is now available - please see below for further details in the 'Other Info' section.

This event will be held in accordance with up to date Covid-safety advice from the Government, British Cycling and as advised in partnership with 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

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

6.45am - 9.45am


Entry Pack/s (enter no. required) (£28.00)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person (£27.50)
Transport Morning (£28.00)

Other info

PLEASE NOTE: NO PHYSICAL TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED Give your name to a Bike Events crew member when arriving for morning transport. and for afternoon transport come to then Bike Events admin tent at the Finish.
Morning coaches leave at 6.30am from Blackpool (FY4 1RW). Please meet at 6.00am by the Solaris Centre, South Promenade, Blackpool to start loading

There will be a QR code at the door of the coach for Track & Trace.
PLEASE BRING A MASK plus a spare one.

Return transport to Manchester:
Coaches will run at set times in the afternoon to take cyclists/bikes back to the Start - between approximately 12.30pm and 5.30pm. All journeys are non-stop.
Transport tickets are NON REFUNDABLE.

For afternoon transport, please check in at the Bike Events tent first, and make our staff aware if you're part of a specific 'bubble'.
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.
Riders already booked onto the ride will be able to add transport by logging into their Bike Events account & choosing the 'add transport' option.

Start Times are to help reduce congestion - you may change your start time - - there is no need to contact Bike Events
Road / Hybrid / Mountain Bike suitable.
Minimum rider age 14. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.
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
Bike Events 0117 989 7080

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 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.

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 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 27th June 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