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Cycling in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.

Find out more about rides coming up across Greater Manchester here, and see the tabs above for other cycling opportunities.

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Cycling clubs

British Cycling can help you to find a club that’s right for you. Use the club finder link to find a club near you. There are some great cycling clubs in and around Portsmouth who will be happy for you to come along and ride with them, including:

Bury Clarion Cycling Club

Bolton Clarion Cycling Club

Bolton Hot Wheels Cycle Club

Cheshire Roads Club

Chorlton Velo

Lancashire Road Club

Manchester BMX Club

Manchester Wheelers

Middleton Cycling Club

Rochdale Cycling Club

Stockport Clarion

Stretford Wheelers Cycling Club

Withington Wheelers Cycling Club


Cycling facilities


Hubs are the ideal place to lock up your bike with confidence. Join Transport for Greater Manchester’s scheme and you can park your bike under full cover, with other security measures that include constant CCTV coverage and swipe card entry. They are somewhere to keep your bike safe, secure and dry while you're at work – find out more.

The National Cycling Centre

The National Cycling Centre was Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track, and since it opened in 1994, has become one of the World's finest and fastest board tracks. The track is in use seven days a week and offers sessions to anyone seeking to experience this exciting sport.

In July 2011, the National Cycling Centre was expanded significantly with the launch of a new purpose built indoor BMX Complex. It houses the UK’s only permanent indoor BMX track with seating for two thousand fans. With a comprehensive BMX track programme catering for all riders; from novice to elite, school children to masters aged from 18months upwards.  

Mountain Bike trails run through Clayton Vale, a green space through the Medlock River Valley Corridor. The trails are 12km in length comprising of four different skill levels ranging from easy to expert. Find out more about what’s on offer at the National Cycling Centre.

Life On 2 Wheels

Life on 2 wheels

It’s time to rise for the Life on 2 Wheels Challenge!

Are you ready to claim the Cycle Challenge crown? People and businesses across Greater Manchester are being invited to take part in the Life On 2 Wheels Cycle Challenge, which starts on September 3 – Cycle to Work Day. Jump on your bike and log your miles online for a month and you could be in with the chance of winning a Dahon Vitesse fold-up bicycle for your workplace, or other top prizes for yourself.

Logged miles will count towards an individual and workplace total, allowing you to compete against other individuals and companies in the county to become the Greater Manchester Cycle Challenge champion for September 2015.

If you are a business, email our cycling team at for a free pack to help promote the challenge around your workplace. Go to for more details and to register. This time, the Cycle Challenge highlights our Life On 2 Wheels campaign, which aims to encourage more people to get out and about on their bikes, whether it’s to save money, get from A to B, or stay healthy.

Find out more about the campaign here!


Cycling support

Free adult cycle training

Transport for Greater Manchester are passionate about cycling and giving people the confidence and skills to cycle on roads, lanes and paths.  As well as delivering adult cycle training sessions, both on the road and in traffic-free environments, they offer maintenance courses and Ride Leader training. All courses are led by expert instructors, take place throughout the year in various locations across Greater Manchester and are completely FREE! Find out more and sign up to a course near you.

Where to ride

Where to cycle

Whether you're planning your ride to work, an afternoon with the kids or looking to explore further afield, cycling is a great and cheap way to get around. Transport for Greater Manchester have lots of helpful tips and tools to find and plan your route.

They have also produced cycle maps containing all cycle routes in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester. Maps include details for bike parking, cycle services and shops. You can download a pdf or pick one up from any one of their travelshops, your local library or council office and start exploring. They have also enhanced their online cycle map to incorporate additional functionality including multi-layered mapping, follow this link for more information.