CYCLISTS WILL once again be pedalling through the villages of Saddleworth as well as Millbrook and Carrbrook as the Tour de Manc returns this summer.
The 100mile or 100km spectacle for amateurs – that takes in all 10 of Greater Manchester’s boroughs – will be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural ride that Tony Rubins, one of the organisers, described as a “test event”.
It was restricted to 100 cyclists – 200 applied to enter – but June’s ride will have 500. For 2018 there are ambitious plans to increase the number to 2,000 and one with 20,000 participants by 2021.
Tony said: “Following on from last year’s success, once again we will be running a two distance sportive event. This year the Tour de Manc will also be the Chas Collins Memorial.
“Starting and finishing at the VirginActive Lancashire Health and Racquets club, Heywood, on Sunday, June 4, this 500-rider sportive event will consist of a challenging open road sportive with two options, a 100km, 4,500ft climb ‘Half Manc’ and the 100-mile, 7,900ft climb ‘Full Manc’. The ‘Full Manc’ goes through all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, hence the ‘Tour de Manc’.”
There will be four free drink stops and one of these will be on Standedge Road, Diggle, where Carr House resident Colin Berry will again provide home-cooked scones to go with the gels and electrolyte drinks provided by Secret-Training.
Cyclists will also provided with free sportive photos, a medal for all finishers, post ride massage and a freebie bag at the end. There’s first aid support as well as mechanic support and on circuit safety drivers.
The event is insured and complies with British cycling guidelines for sportives. The aim is to raise charitable funds as well as encourage riders of all abilities to take part and challenge themselves.
While there was only one ride last year, 2017 features two other events over the weekend. An inclusive ride, on a closed road circuit, aimed at disabled and para-riders, health referred riders and special needs riders takes place on Saturday, June 3 at the Tameside Cycling Circuit with a field of 250 riders.
An after sportive cycle themed ticketed party at VirginActive LancashireHealth and Racquets club takes place with Tour de Manc beers, specially brewed by the award-winning Brightside Brewing Company, hot food, cycling competition and entertainment.
To enter either of the rides or buy a ticket for the party, go online to www.tourdemanc.co.uk