The Great Manchester Cycle returns on Sunday 29th June with 8,000 riders expected to take to the closed roads of the city. With over one month still to go until the event places for the longest distance of 52-miles have now sold out.

The 52-mile distance has traditionally been the most popular route - attracting many regular and club cyclists who can enjoy the chance to ride on traffic free roads. However, the 52-mile distance is just one of three routes which will be ridden by all abilities of cyclists at the Great Manchester Cycle, and places are still available to take part in the 26 and 13 miles routes. The 13-mile distance is particularly well suited to beginners and families – especially since children under 15 can ride free with an adult.

Starting and finishing at Etihad Campus, the home of Manchester City FC, the 13- and 26-mile circuits offer riders the opportunity to pedal through the closed roads of Manchester city centre and take in the sights from a whole new perspective. The route includes landmarks such as Old Trafford, plus a stretch of the iconic Mancunian Way – a section of motorway normally off-limits to cyclists.

With an event village hosting cycle industry exhibitors, charity partners, entertainment and food concessions, the Great Manchester Cycle is set to be a great day out in one of the UK’s most passionate sporting cities.

Entry for each route costs just £21 for adults and £5 for kids (or free in the 13-mile route when riding with an adult). Children aged 3-7 can also ride on –board with parents in the 13-mile event for free, on either a tag-a-long bike or children's trailer/seat.

David Hart, Communications Director for organisers Nova International said: “The popularity of the Great Manchester Cycle is increasing every year and has really caught the imagination. There could hardly be a more exciting time to stage the event just days before the Tour de France arrives in England”

For further information on the route, event details and how to enter please visit: http://www.greatcycle.org/