With just over a week to go until the Great Manchester Cycle, entries have now closed for the 52-mile event, but there is still time to enter the 26 and 13-mile challenges until Tuesday 23 June. Final entries for the 13-mile event will also be taken at the information point in Sportcity on Saturday 27 June from 13:00-17:00.

The event promises to be a fun day out for all the family, especially as kids can ride for free. Taking place on the closed roads of Manchester on Sunday 28 June, over 6,000 riders are once again expected to take to the saddle. 

The thousands of cyclists will be joined by TV and radio presenter OJ Borg, who will ride the 26-mile distance with his author mum Kathryn James.

Borg, (36), lives in Manchester and can often be seen riding in the local area and the Peak District, and is looking forward to the event. 

He said: “I rode the Great Manchester Cycle a couple of years ago. You get very few opportunities to ride with friends and family, in the city centre, in a completely relaxed environment.

“The organisers have gone out of the way to make this a family friendly event, whatever your ability. It will be great fun to ride with my mum, and be amongst so many people enjoying being on their bikes.”

Kathryn (60), continued: “I don't often get a chance to ride an event with OJ. He is normally climbing a massive hill, or taking on his own hour record. It is fantastic to be able to be on my bike on such familiar roads without having to worry about cars or traffic.

“I was very unfit because as a writer I spend all my time in front of a PC. When I started training I hadn't been on a bike in ages and was certainly not a racer. My first ride was about two miles and I was shattered. Eight weeks later I have recently completed a 21 mile cycle ride and felt amazing. I want to show that if I can do it anyone can.”

She continued: “It will be a brilliant atmosphere on the day, and it will be lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves.”

Continuing the family-friendly policy of the event, children between 8-15 years of age can ride their own bikes for free on the 13-mile route with a paying adult, while children aged between 3-7 years of age can ride with a paying adult in a tag-a-long bike or children's bike trailer or seat. The 2015 Great Manchester Cycle will provide a safe and unrivalled cycling atmosphere for young cyclists of the city.

The course will once again feature the popular lap around the districts of Manchester, Trafford and Salford and provide the unique opportunity to ride the iconic stretch of the Mancunian Way – normally off-limits to cyclists. 

The event is based out of the Etihad Campus, home to Manchester City Football Club. Concessions and family-friendly entertainment will be available as well as cycle industry professionals and charity partners, which will add to the unique and welcoming atmosphere of the Great Manchester Cycle.

Click here to enter the Great Manchester Cycle