Pennine Escape - Strong Plus

Sunday 25th November 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.
2 hours 45 mins  (2 hours 5 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 
Suitable for Child Trailers
No 
Sky Ride Local
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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

  • 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!
  • Paul Heald Paul Heald Hi, my name is Paul and this is my third year as a Skyride Leader & Route Planner.

    I have been a regular participant on the Skyrides for the past 5 years and have thoroughly enjoyed them and met some fantastic new friends along the way.

    I look forward to meeting you all on a ride soon!
  • 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.

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Tom PARK Thursday 31st July
  2. Tom PARK Thursday 31st July
  3. 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.
  4. 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 :)

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