Breeze Cyclofemme East Manchester – Towpaths and Trails

Sunday 11th May at 2.00pm 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
The National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester. Meet in front of Evans. The nearest train station is Ashburys, less than a mile away.  M11 4DQ
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 45 mins  (1 hours 15 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres), Hybrid (road tyres) 
Breeze Bike Rides
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders

Manchester

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Breeze Bike Rides in Manchester

May 11th is the Cyclofemme Global Women’s Cycling Day. Join us for a relaxed ride of around 10 miles along canal towpaths, off-road cycle paths and quiet roads in East Manchester.

Starting from the National Cycling Centre, we head out through Phillips Park and Clayton Vale, passing the mountain bike trails. After a short section of road, we join the towpath of the Rochdale Canal, taking us right to the City Centre. We then join the Ashton Canal towpath back to the starting point.

The route is not suitable for road bikes due to some unsurfaced sections that may be muddy. All other types of bike should be fine.

Toilets are available at the start/finish point and about halfway along the route. You are welcome to join us in the Velopark Café after the ride for some refreshment.

Newcomers to Breeze rides are very welcome. We’ll always ride at the pace of the slowest rider so no one is left behind.

It's a good idea to bring some water and you may also want to bring a snack. Dress appropriately for the weather: in cool weather it's good to wear lots of thin layers, so you can add/remove them as needed; a rain jacket is a good idea too!

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.

If you have any questions please email us at breezenetworkgm@gmail.com or post us a message on Facebook

Look forward to seeing you there!

Starting Point
The National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester. Meet in front of Evans. The nearest train station is Ashburys, less than a mile away. 
Starting Postcode
M11 4DQ

Meet the Champions

  • 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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