Families and club cyclists all welcome to ride taking place on closed roads

The Great Manchester Cycle to ride out in June

A mass participation cycling event – The Great Manchester Cycle – is to be staged on the streets of Manchester on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th.

Featuring a 13 mile lap starting at Eastlands and going past Old Trafford, the event, endorsed by British Cycling and supported by the City Council, will feature three different distances, designed to cater for all abilities from club cyclists to families. The lap will include a unique chance to cycle on the Mancunian Way; the inner city ring road normally being closed to cyclists.

The Great Manchester Cycle is being organised by Nova, the team behind the Bupa Great Manchester Run and the world’s biggest half marathon, the Bupa Great North Run.

Olympic cyclist Rebecca Romero said: “I am thrilled at the prospect of the Great Manchester Cycle in my favourite sporting city. It will be a real boost for the sport and I’m sure will capture the imagination of the public.”

Councillor Mike Amesbury, executive member for culture and leisure, added: “The Great Manchester Cycle is a unique chance for everyone, regardless of ability, to get on their bikes and enjoy riding through the city on roads free of traffic.

“The 2012 Olympics will see a national focus on sport that will help inspire everyone to get more active. Manchester is hosting a selection of mass participation events throughout the year providing as many people as possible with the chance to take part.

“The Great Manchester cycle has categories designed for cyclists of all abilities so there’s no reason not to hop on your bike and enjoy the city from a different perspective.”

Find out more at www.greatcycle.org

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