Tour de Manc® was conceived in 2015 by Danny Franks, who came up with the idea of a charitable “tough” sportive through all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs.
Danny rode an 80 mile Tour de Manc route, solo, to fundraise for Forever Manchester,
In 2016 Danny joined forces with old school friend Tony Rubins and created the #all4charity non-profit Tour de Manc Ltd. Tony had arranged and participated in a number of cycling events to fundraise for the Haematology & Transplant Support Charity (HaTS) and The Christie Appeal.
Together, Danny and Tony developed the idea of Tour de Manc®, a ‘not for profit brand’, which aims to raise significant funds for registered charities, as well as supporting cycling inclusivity (enabling para-cyclists, women cyclists, kids etc) and encouraging people to cycle for health benefits. Tour de Manc® enables fundraising through cycling related events and accompanying programmes, such as fitness and skills programmes to get riders fit for the Tour de Manc® cycling challenges. Within 3 months of the initial meeting, a company had been registered, logos drawn up and protected, a website produced and an inaugural event was planned and sold out.
Tour de Manc® has no employees and everything is done on a voluntary basis (including Tony and Danny), with only necessary costs (such as event insurance, essential printing and materials manufacture) being deducted. There is no profiteering in any form and all surpluses are donated to registered charities. Tour de Manc® is currently being registered as a charitable trust.
Tour de Manc® 2016
For 2016, Tour de Manc® ran a single sportive with two distances 100 mile “Full Manc” and 100km “Half Manc”. The sportive raised several thousands of pounds for two named, registered charities:
- Haematology & Transplant Support (HaTS) – supporting blood cancer patients at The Christie Hospital
- Forever Manchester – funding community projects across Greater Manchester
The Tour de Manc® jerseys sold out, the sportive was oversubscribed by 100% and had an 87.5% approval rating. 83% of the riders said they will ride again in 2017.
Tour de Manc® 2017
In 2017, Tour de Manc® ran two cycling events. An inclusive closed circuit ride, and a sportive with two distances, the 100mile “Full Manc” and 100km “Half Manc”.
The #inclusive closed circuit ride, was aimed at disabled and para-riders, health referral riders and special needs riders. Over 100 riders took part in the event, held at the Tameside Criterium Circuit on 3rd June 2017. The event was organised with the help and support of Tameside MBC, Active Tameside and Wheels for All. Riders of all impaired abilities took part and challenge themselves to collectively ride the Tour de Manc sportive distance. Official Tour de Manc Finishers medals were awarded and the feedback was unanimously positive.
The following day on Sunday 4th June 2017 saw the second running of the Tour de Manc® sportive. This edition was called the Chas Collins Memorial edition, in memory of a life-long cyclist and a good friend of the Tour de Manc®. Chas had hoped to make the 2016 ride, but lost his battle with Leukaemia and sadly passed away shortly before the inaugural ride, so Tony and Danny thought it fit to name the 2017 sportive in his memory. You can read more about Chas in this blog
Hundreds of riders challenged themselves on an improved and tougher course. There were two options, a 100km-4500ft climbing route and 100mile-7900ft climbing route. Both distances tackled a closed road King/Queen of the mountain section and prizes were awarded to Daniel Connor averaging 15.1km/hr over the segment and Laura Belfield averaging 11km / hr over the segment. Prizes were donated by The Fell Bicycle and Triathlon Store. Spot prizes, donated by Chris Keller-Jackson, were awarded to Melanie Smith and Sam Jones. [see our supporters and sponsors section for the latest information on our partners who make Tour de Manc possible]
The 100-mile route travelled through all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs – hence the name “Tour de Manc”.
There were 4 free feed stations with free food and drinks with great support from Warburtons. Free nutrition was provided by top quality Secret-Training and most importantly tea and cakes were provided at the finish. We also provided riders with free sportive photos, a medal for all finishers, post ride massage and a freebie bag.
The event was hugely successful with incredible feedback. The Tour de Manc jerseys sold out once again and when asked Would you recommend Tour de Manc to others? 93% Yes, 6% Maybe, 1% No. We have listened to improvement requests and we acted on them for 2018.
Tour de Manc® 2018
2018 has been a big year for Tour de Manc®. We ran a kid’s event on a closed road circuit “Micro-Manc”in March. We held our main sportive with two distances, the 100mile “Full Manc” and 100km “Half Manc” and in parallel a closed road #inclusive ride in May. Also in May. we put on a new Family ride “Mini-Manc”, aimed at riders of all ages and all abilities. The Mini-Manc had distances ranging from 1km through to 48km and so there was truly a distance for everyone. In June, we worked with Maggie’s Manchester and a fantastic organising team to put on the MancVelo-Fest…. a mix of velodrome racing, music, food and drinks – a spectacular success raising £30,000 for Maggie;s Manchester.
Feedback has been spectacularly positive and we have raised a huge amount of money for some great charities (read more on our charity page). We couldn’t do this without our volunteers, sponsors and riders.
At the start of 2018 Tony and Danny were delighted to welcome Sandra McKinnon as co-organiser. Sandra is passionate about cycling and the community she now calls home. And in Juy 2018, the trio have been joined by Mark Leigh. Mark is a passionate cyclist who is one of the few to have ridden all 3 editions of the Full Manc.
Each year we are adding more places and looking to make this #all4charity Manc brand epic. We hope you are ready for the 2019 events and we hope you will challenge yourself, no matter what your ability!
Danny, Tony, Sandra and Mark