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Cycling in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.

Find out more about rides coming up across Greater Manchester here, and see the tabs above for other cycling opportunities.

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Try a local ride in Greater Manchester

Why not try a Sky Ride Local ride – guided by a British Cycling trained Ride Leader?

The Christie Training Ride - 40 Miler

Sunday 9th August 2015 at 9.00am (Manchester) Book Now
Challenging You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging ride. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.
Adults 16+ only
195 mins

Salford - Eat, Drink and Ride - 21.2 Miler

Sunday 9th August 2015 at 10.00am (Salford) Book Now
Challenging You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging ride. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.
8+ (children 8-15 with adult)
150 mins

Rochdale - Wildlife and Wilderness - 10.7 Miler

Sunday 9th August 2015 at 2.00pm (Rochdale) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
105 mins

Manchester - History and Heritage - 40 Miler

Sunday 16th August 2015 at 9.00am (Manchester) Book Now
Challenging You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging ride. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.
Adults 16+ only
195 mins

Manchester - Waterways and Woodlands - 16 Miler

Sunday 16th August 2015 at 10.00am (Manchester) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
8+ (children 8-15 with adult)
135 mins

Bury - Wildlife and Wilderness - 5.1 Miler

Sunday 16th August 2015 at 10.00am (Bury) Book Now
Easygoing Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding?  Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.
Anyone
60 mins

Trafford - Wildlife and Wilderness - 7.4 Miler

Sunday 16th August 2015 at 2.00pm (Trafford) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
75 mins

Bolton - City Streets and Park Life - 6 Miler

Sunday 16th August 2015 at 2.00pm (Bolton) Book Now
Easygoing Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding?  Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.
Anyone
75 mins

Clubs

Cycling clubs

British Cycling can help you to find a club that’s right for you. Use the club finder link to find a club near you. There are some great cycling clubs in and around Portsmouth who will be happy for you to come along and ride with them, including:

Bury Clarion Cycling Club

Bolton Clarion Cycling Club

Bolton Hot Wheels Cycle Club

Cheshire Roads Club

Chorlton Velo

Lancashire Road Club

Manchester BMX Club

Manchester Wheelers

Middleton Cycling Club

Rochdale Cycling Club

Stockport Clarion

Stretford Wheelers Cycling Club

Withington Wheelers Cycling Club

Facilities

Cycling facilities

Hubs

Hubs are the ideal place to lock up your bike with confidence. Join Transport for Greater Manchester’s scheme and you can park your bike under full cover, with other security measures that include constant CCTV coverage and swipe card entry. They are somewhere to keep your bike safe, secure and dry while you're at work – find out more.

The National Cycling Centre

The National Cycling Centre was Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track, and since it opened in 1994, has become one of the World's finest and fastest board tracks. The track is in use seven days a week and offers sessions to anyone seeking to experience this exciting sport.

In July 2011, the National Cycling Centre was expanded significantly with the launch of a new purpose built indoor BMX Complex. It houses the UK’s only permanent indoor BMX track with seating for two thousand fans. With a comprehensive BMX track programme catering for all riders; from novice to elite, school children to masters aged from 18months upwards.  

Mountain Bike trails run through Clayton Vale, a green space through the Medlock River Valley Corridor. The trails are 12km in length comprising of four different skill levels ranging from easy to expert. Find out more about what’s on offer at the National Cycling Centre.

Support

Cycling support

Free adult cycle training

Transport for Greater Manchester are passionate about cycling and giving people the confidence and skills to cycle on roads, lanes and paths.  As well as delivering adult cycle training sessions, both on the road and in traffic-free environments, they offer maintenance courses and Ride Leader training. All courses are led by expert instructors, take place throughout the year in various locations across Greater Manchester and are completely FREE! Find out more and sign up to a course near you.

Where to ride

Where to cycle

Whether you're planning your ride to work, an afternoon with the kids or looking to explore further afield, cycling is a great and cheap way to get around. Transport for Greater Manchester have lots of helpful tips and tools to find and plan your route.

They have also produced cycle maps containing all cycle routes in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester. Maps include details for bike parking, cycle services and shops. You can download a pdf or pick one up from any one of their travelshops, your local library or council office and start exploring. They have also enhanced their online cycle map to incorporate additional functionality including multi-layered mapping, follow this link for more information.