Pennine Escape - Strong Plus

Sunday 21st October at 9.00am 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
Front Car Park (outside Evans Cycles) National Cycling Centre Stuart Street 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.
3 hours 10 mins  (2 hours 40 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.
Road 
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders

Manchester

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Sky Ride Local in Manchester

Challenging rides on the road for adults only If you’ve been riding a road bike for a while, and perhaps been thinking about joining a cycling club, these rides – brand new for 2012 – are for you. The prospect of a speedy pace over twenty to fifty miles, and the strong likelihood of some hills thrown in along the way, means our Ride Strong Plus rides are not for the faint-hearted.
Starting and finishing at The National Cycling Centre home of Team GB, this challenging ride follows quiet country lanes through the Medlock valley before passing through the outskirts of Daisy Nook and over Hartshead Pike, where you'll feel a world away from the hustle-and-bustle of Manchester.  Then it's onto the picturesque village of Uppermill before enjoying the route back to the National Cycling Centre.  Remember to bring your cycling legs!
If you've already tried one of our Ride Strong Plus rides and you're ready for the next challenge, why not try a British Cycling Sportive?

Additional Information

As these are adult only rides, designed for cyclists progressing from the standard Ride Strong level, the pace of the ride could increase to 15mph at the discretion of the Ride Leader.

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures, Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at National Cycling Centre
Nearest Train Station
Ashburys 1 mile  
Changing Facilities Available?
Yes, at National Cycling Centre  
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at National Cycling Centre  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Trevor Fenwick Trevor Fenwick Hello and welcome to Sky ride locals..... My name is Trevor, one of your leaders for your ride today. I started taking part in Sky ride locals myself last year as an introduction back in to cycling. I enjoyed them so much I decided to train as a Leader and help get people in to the sport of cycling.
    I certainly got the bug for riding and try to get out as much as i can, cycling to work and for pleasure. I enjoy it so much I set myself a challenge last year of cycling Lands End to John o'Groats this year, which i completed in June. It was an amazing journey travelling 1015 miles in 10 days.
    I hope you enjoy your ride today and it be the start of an amazing journey on your bike, however short or far you travel.
    Trevor.
  • Trevor Jones Trevor Jones Most of my riding experience has been on road but I have also participated in track racing and sessions at the velodrome. This is my second year as a Sky Ride Assistant leader

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. paul crisp Monday 1st April
    A pretty challenging ride for most folks but very satisfying. Pity it's not a loop although for the most part the return over the same terrain isn't boring.
  2. MM Yok Friday 29th March
    Fabulous ride and done lots of climb which is I have never do that before. Will join the ride again, if they don't mind to wait me and left me behind :)