An all-ability cycling club in Manchester is preparing for its biggest challenge yet, as twenty of its members gear-up to take on 13 miles at the Great Manchester Cycle on Sunday 28 June.

Based out of Wythenshawe Park, Longford Park and Boggart Hole Clough, Simply Cycling hold sessions throughout the week that are open to the public, specifically offering cycling to disabled people.

Set up in 2004, it now has over six hundred members incorporating Wythenshawe Wheelers all-ability cycling club and Trafford Wheelers in Stretford.

Sue Blaylock, who founded Simply Cycling in 2004, said: “It's fantastic to be able to put a team together to take part in the Great Manchester Cycle. 

“This is the second time we've entered the event, so we're looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and cycling Mancunian Way once again.

“We hold weekly 'ride-outs' at Simply Cycling, where we move out of the parks and cycle around different areas, and this could be considered a bigger version of that.

“There are twenty of us doing the 13 miles on a range of bikes. The youngest member of the team is an 11-year-old boy who has learning difficulties and is on the autistic spectrum.  We'll try to stay together as a group, but with thousands of people taking part that might be difficult!”

The closed-road cycle sportive will return to Manchester city centre with 13, 26 and 52 mile distances, and everyone from beginners to experienced riders can get involved.

Starting and finishing outside Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, the course takes in Mancunian Way, Old Trafford and Media City on a traffic-free route, with 6,000 people expected to take part.

Click here to enter the Great Manchester Cycle