6th May 2018 @ 7:00 am - 5:45 pm
This is the toughest challenge in the current Tour de Manc® programme. This route is not for the unprepared or faint hearted… It’s a challenge, epic and based on the 2017 feedback you will be “Mad ‘fer it”.
The Full Manc is just over 103 miles long, tours all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester in an anti-clockwise direction and has around 8700 ft. of climbing to test yourselves on. There are a number of closed road sections including the King/Queen of the mountain prize section, which tackles the lung-busting Werneth Low.
The 2017 KoM/QoM winners were Daniel Connor and Laura Belfield who averaged 15.1km/hr and 11km / hr, respectively, over the segment. However, the Tour de Manc® is not all about the fastest and this is not a race – we award spot prizes for grit and determination too.
The route heads out on a flat, mainly downhill route, past Heaton Park, towards Agecroft, through Salford, past Old Trafford and Chorlton to Stockport. Then the course gently rises through Stockport to Marple and starts climbing at Marple Bridge. After a “warm up” climb, you enter a closed road KoM/QoM section which tackles the short, but steep Werneth low climb, affording you a sensational view of Manchester and a panorama of the hills to the North East and the North – enjoy that view!
After a quick “light” refreshment stop, you head through Tameside and climb over towards Saddleworth, passing through Uppermill before a long steady climb to the second feed station. Here you can enjoy Colin’s hospitality and his amazing scones whilst taking in another great view. Heading over some testy climbs, you will make your way over to Newhey, Milnrow and through Rochdale before a third stop with hot food and a chance to prepare yourself for the harder half of the ride. First you climb Owd Betts, then up to Holcombe before a VERY tough climbing route and closed road section to Belmont where you will enjoy your last feed station. You will need to replenish your reserves here as you have Rivington, Chorley Old Road and a handful of climbs towards Bury. Then just to add that little sting to the tail, you have the Heap Bridge climb which takes you to a few miles from the finish.