We have both volunteering and cycling spots available at this year’s Tour de Manc®. To find out a little more about the challenge, continue reading!
This is one of the toughest challenges in the current Tour de Manc® programme. This route is not for the unprepared or faint hearted… It’s a challenge, epic and based on the 2018 and 2019 feedback you’ll be “Mad ‘fer it”.
The Full Manc starts and finishes at the David Lloyd Manchester North Club – who have generously donated the use of their club facilities and are providing great support. The Full Manc is just over 103 miles long, tours all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester in an anti-clockwise direction and has around 8700 ft. of climbing to test yourselves on. There are a number of closed road sections including the King/Queen of the mountain prize section, which tackles the lung-busting Werneth Low.
However, the Tour de Manc® is not all about the fastest and this is not a race – we award spot prizes for grit and determination too.
The route heads out on a flat, mainly downhill route, past Heaton Park, towards Agecroft, through Salford, past Old Trafford and Chorlton to Stockport. The course gently rises through Stockport to Marple and starts climbing at Marple Bridge. After a “warm up” climb, you enter a closed road KoM/QoM section which tackles the short, but steep Werneth low climb, affording you a sensational view of Manchester and a panorama of the hills to the North East and the North – enjoy that view! You get a chance to get a stop courtesy of the wonderful Chef and Brewer Hare and Hounds Inn – who kindly let us use their facilities. On another day you’d stop here and enjoy a beer and their great food, but not today.
After a quick “light” refreshment stop, you head through Tameside and climb over towards Saddleworth, passing through Uppermill before a long steady climb to the second feed station. Here you can enjoy Colin and Eve’s hospitality and his amazing stop whilst taking in another great view. Heading over some testy climbs, you will make your way over to Newhey, Milnrow and past the current sound of Big Ben (Rochdale Town Hall) Rochdale before a third stop at Nordern Community Primary School, where there will be hot food – including the world famous Bury Black Pudding and a chance to prepare yourself for the harder half of the ride. First you climb Owd Betts, then up to Holcombe before a VERY tough climbing route and closed road section to Belmont where you will enjoy your last feed station. Where there are freshly made sandwiches and great nutrition and a truly incredible view. You will need to replenish your reserves here at the Bolton Sailing Club as you have Rivington, Chorley New Road and a handful of climbs towards Bury. Then just to add that little sting to the tail, you have the Heap Bridge climb which takes you to within a few miles from the finish.
At the finish there will be a very pleasant reward awaiting you ! Post ride massage, rehab lab, food and beer, medals and free photos – All included !
We don’t think there’s a better sportive for experience, route, friendliness, food and beer!