Tower Above the Town - Strong Plus

Sunday 11th November 2012 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
Bolton One Community Leisure Centre Moor Lane BL3 5BN
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 20 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.
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in Bolton

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.

Join us for an epic ride starting from Bolton's new flagship sports venue, Bolton One. A climbers dream with over 1800ft of total ascent, reaching a high point of 1056ft above sea level. Don't forget to look behind you as you climb from Rivington to Belmont or you will miss the spectacular panoramic view, with the Fylde Coast, Blackpool Tower and the Welsh Mountains all visible on a clear day. As we start the return leg there is the reward of a long steady descent back to Bolton.

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 Directly opposite Bolton One is Bolton Casino/Mecca Bingo which has a huge car park & free parking on Sundays
Nearest Train Station
Changing Facilities Available?
Yes, at Bolton One - ask at reception  
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Bolton One - ask at reception  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Steve Owen
    Steve Owen I have been cycling for most of my life, either competing or for pleasure, having competed in Time Trials, Mountain bike races and Triathlons over the years. I am currently a Mountainbike skills instructor and a National Standards cycle instructor @
  • Mike Bower
    Mike Bower My love affair with the bicycle started at around the age of eight when I bought my first 2-wheeler from a friend for threepence, however it probably cost my father at least a week’s wages for new components to get it working safely. During my late teens other issues took over such as work, cars etc. which led to the other things, such as a wife, home and kids. In my early thirties and with encouragement from my wife to lose a few pounds (stones) my interest towards the bike was rekindled. I began by just doing a few miles locally and eventually took to riding with a club, as I had done in my youth. The wonderful memories of those early years came flooding back. Riding amongst the thousands of other happy bike riders in the initial Manchester Skyride with my then nine year old granddaughter led to my participation in the Skyride Local events which for me opened up a whole new avenue of extremely enjoyable safely controlled social cycling and the start of many new greatly valued friendships. Becoming a Skyride Leader has given me the opportunity to welcome and encourage others into the participation and pleasure of safe group cycling, be it a family tootle around the park or a 20 miler through country lanes. It's all great. Please enjoy!

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Andrew Rankin Wednesday 30th July

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