6th May 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:45 pm
This is a tough challenge for the fit occasional rider. This route is not a flat precession, but an achievable challenge, which you will enjoy. We had incredible feedback from the 2017 TdM and we are sure we will see many of those riders back again.
The Half Manc is 62 miles / 100km long and shares the first half of the Full Manc Route. It takes an anti-clockwise circuit of Greater Manchester and has around 4500 ft of climbing to tackle. 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 towards 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 that view. Heading over some testy climbs, you will make your way over to Newhey, Milnrow and past Rochdale before a third stop with hot food and a chance to prepare yourself for the last real climb up Owd Betts. You will take a left at the split point (51 miles in) and climb a little further to the windmill (where there are some magnificent views to enjoy) before you have a long, picturesque descent through the Ashworth Valley to Heywood. From there it’s just a few miles back to the finish.