CYCLISTS WILL take in Saddleworth’s villages during a new charity ride.
The inaugural Tour of Manc will take place on Sunday, June 12 with a choice of 100 mile or 100km routes and both taking in the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.
Capitalising on the ever-increasing popularity of road cycling, the event is aimed at keen cyclists looking for a new challenge.
And Denshaw’s Jake Ragan, who was once on Great Britain’s Academy and Podium squads, has welcomed the new event.
He said: “Any ride that showcases Saddleworth can only be good for the area.
“The route takes in many of my training routes, and it is a great area to cycle in.
“It is a hotbed for cycling and a lot of professionals train on what are some of the hardest roads in the country.”
There will be a maximum of 100 cyclists for this first year, with a view to doubling participation year on year for at least five years.
Food and drink will be provided at feed stations, one of which will be provided by Colin Berry on the lay-by on Standege Road, Diggle, which is close to his home.
Cyclists should also bring their own supplies, and there will also be mechanical support available.
The event has been organised to raise funds for Forever Manchester and the Haematology and Transplant Support (HaTS) charity and their community projects.
Tony Rubins, one of the organisers, said: “It is not a race, but a ride and we would like it to become an iconic charity ride.
“We have the Manchester to Blackpool which is a mass participation event and the Manchester 100 that is very flat.
“Hopefully this will be something different and the 100 mile routehas 7,500ft on ascent and is for serious club riders while the 100km route is aimed at other less serious club riders.”
The ride will start at St Mary’s Park, Prestwich, from 7.30am with a staggered start of groups of 10.
To sign up or for more information go online: www.tourdemanc.co.uk or on Twitter @tourdemanc