Ride to a Summer Festival

Saturday 11th May at 11.30am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Chorlton Water Park, Maitland Avenue, Manchester  M21 7WH
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
1 hours 30 mins  (1 hours 0 mins cycling)
Breeze Bike Rides
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Manchester

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Breeze Bike Rides in Manchester

A gentle ride from Chorlton Water Park, along the Mersey, around Sale Water Park and finishing at Jackson's Boat for the Bicycle Village 2013. 

The Bicycle Village 2013 has a number of activities throughout the day for families and will include a bicycle jumble and festival featuring local bands. The ride will end at the bicycle village so you can enjoy the afternoon entertainment.

Please ensure that your bike is roadworthy before you come on the ride. This ride is fairly flat and well surfaced and so is suitable for most bikes. Bikes with thin tyres will need to watch for and avoid occasional deep puddles.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a waterproof coat with you. A number of thin layers are often better as you take them off if you get too hot.

Wearing a helmet is advisable; if you don’t have one please do not to worry you can still take part.  If you enjoy the bike ride and would like to come again perhaps you could look to buy one then. Please note all children under the age of 16 MUST wear a helmet.

As with all Breeze Network rides, we will cycle at the speed of the slowest cyclist. You will not be left behind so there is no need to worry!

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so we have time for bike checks and introductions. We will set off promptly at the start time.

Parking is available at the start at Chorlton Water Park.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Briony x

Starting Point
Chorlton Water Park, Maitland Avenue, Manchester 
Starting Postcode
M21 7WH

Meet the Champions

  • Briony Farrell
    Briony Farrell Hi Breezers and Sky Riders!!
    I started riding my bike again on a Breeze ride. I hadn't riden it for over 20 years, and before that mainly in the park as a child. I was looking for a way to get fit and found fun and friendship as well.
    Join us!! It's a great excuse to get out on your bike and meet new people who want to cycle too!!
    Briony
  • Becky Eliot
    Becky Eliot About me:
    I’m a science teacher in my mid-thirties. I enjoy archery, swimming, occasional rock climbing, astrophysics, sci-fi and fantasy and dabbling with computers.

    Why I wanted to be a Breeze Champion:
    Having just returned to cycling a couple of years ago after more than a decade it’s really been brought home to me how much riding a bike has done for me. While I don’t honestly think it would bring world peace if we all spent more time freewheeling down hills, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people out there who would be happier and healthier for a regular bike ride. On my wobbly and tentative first few times back in the saddle, wondering all the while if I wasn’t too old for all this, I was lucky to count on some patient and friendly people who imparted useful advice, made sure I wasn’t alone and didn’t laugh at me all that much. Thanks to them I now use my bike regularly. I want there to be someone there to do that for everyone who wants to start or return to riding a bike. I also get to have like-minded people to cycle with, and company is always nice.
    I’ve seen all the statistics about the cycling gender gap and how women and girls are mostly not getting the exercise that’s recommended. I’m aware of some of the reasons, both from reading up on the subject and from things that have held me back. In my opinion the only cycling gap should be the one between you and the bike in front. I believe that what Breeze offers may be part of the solution.

    Why I love my bike:
    Not owning a car, my bike is transport that’s reliable and flexible. It’s exercise that I’ve still managed through various injuries that put running and going to the gym on hold, and has helped me in managing a long-term health condition. It’s exercise I enjoy, not endure. It’s somewhere to unwind at the end of a long and stressful week. It’s fresh air and interesting places I might never have found any other way. It’s all the people I’ve met along the way.

    What I’d like to say to anyone who is hesitant about booking a Breeze ride:
    If you’re worried about keeping up, or think you have the least impressive bike around, or you’re horrified at the thought of donning lycra, please be aware that this is not that sort of cycling. I want my rides to be friendly, relaxed and fun, and I really will go at the pace of the slowest rider. I want to see people unwinding, enjoying the scenery and having a chat.
    There’s often a big gap between going for a ride in the park and joining an organized cycling group. For me Breeze sat perfectly in that gap, and has given me the confidence to contemplate longer rides. I don’t expect everyone will want that, and if you just want to get out in the fresh air and go for a bike ride I really hope you give Breeze a try.

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