The Big Tour - Strong Plus

Sunday 18th 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
Smithy Lodge Entrance on Middleton Road By the Golf Club entrance M9 0TZ
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.
2 hours 50 mins  (2 hours 10 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


Sky Ride Local in Manchester

Challenging ride 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.

This is our BIG TOUR of some of the parks situated to the north of Greater Manchester. The ride leaves Heaton Park and climbs steadily towards Tandlehill Park in Oldham. From there we climb steeply over the Pennines and drop into Saddleworth. From there the ride climbs steeply back over the Pennines and drops down into Oldham and Alexander Park. On our home stretch we enjoy one more steady climb through Oldham for good measure before gradually dropping down back to Heaton Park. You will be rewarded with some great scenery as we pass over the big hills on this circular route which is only suitable for road bikes. Bring your cycling legs...and enjoy the views!

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 Heaton Park Smithy Lodge, charges apply
Nearest Train Station
Manchester Victoria, 4 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at At start in Golf Centre, at Tandle Hill Park, at Brownhill Centre and at Alexander Park  

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.
  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Hi, this is my second year as a ride leader and looking forward to meeting more people wanting to get out on there bike for fun or fitness. I am a personal trainer and my sport of choice is dualthon and triathlon, I enjoy feeling the freedom of running and riding in the great outdoors. I believe that cycling is for all and I am really looking forward to meeting you and helping you either start your journey into cycling or continue to help in making cycling enjoyable for you. See you on a ride soon.

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