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The Great Manchester Cycle is a unique mass participation cycling event that offers three separate distances, for all abilities, over a 13-mile city-based circuit within Manchester and the neighbouring borough of Trafford.

The course is completely closed to all other vehicles, with the start line, lapping point, and finish located in the Etihad Campus. Home to Manchester City FC, the Campus will also host the bustling event village which includes cycle industry professionals, charity partners, as well as entertainment and food concessions!

The Course

Please familiarise yourself with the route and take note of the water stations, start and finish areas and information points.

Course Map


Event location

Manchester not only boasts a population of over half a million people but it also offers visitors a wealth of activities to get involved with.

You could try a bit of skiing or get your football fix, take a trip to some of the best shops in the UK, or maybe visit a museum or a brewery; there really is something for everyone.

For more ideas on things to do in Manchester you can go to:

About Manchester


Site access is from the North via Alan Turing Way.

Head for Sport City (Etihad Campus) Car Parks and access the site along Joe Mercer Way.

Transport for Great Manchester provides a great variety of cycle related information, including a journey planner and detailed maps for both on and off road cycling.
Find out more




Information regarding bus diversions will be available on the Transport For Greater Manchester website website 10-14 days in advance of the Great Manchester Cycle.

Bus stop notices will be created for each individual affected bus stop, and are generally sighted approximately 2-3 days in advance of the event.

For more information visit: Transport For Greater Manchester website


How to enter

13 Miles

Price: £22 per entry (inc VAT of £3.67)

  • A great day out
  • This is for riders of ALL abilities who want to enjoy a scenic cycle around some major trunk roads in Manchester and Trafford. Speed is not important so get the family together and have a spin around with the kids in a safe and managed environment.
  • Recommended avg mph - 8mph

Reminder Service

26 Miles

Price: £25 per entry (inc VAT of £4.17)

  • Rule the roads
  • This is for the competent cyclists, who want to challenge themselves on a course and distance that will improve avg mph and technical skills.
  • Recommended avg mph - 13mph

Reminder Service

52 Miles

Price: £30 per entry (inc VAT of £25)

  • Break away from the pack
  • This is for the serious cyclists who want to challenge themselves to a fast undulating route with some tight technical sections.
  • Recommended avg mph - 15mph

Reminder Service