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Classic Manc

  • 9 Boroughs
  • 100miles
  • 7000ft

A testing Tour de Manc® challenge programme. This route is not for the unprepared or faint hearted. It’s a challenge, epic and based on our previous rides feedback you’ll be “Mad ‘fer it”.

The Full or Classic Manc is 100 miles long, tours 9 boroughs of Greater Manchester in an anti-clockwise direction and every year our riders tell us how tough it is. You need to be a fit cyclist and you’ll be tested for sure. There are a number of closed road or one way sections including the King/Queen of the mountain prize section, which tackles the lung-busting Werneth Low.

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.

Price: £38 + booking fee

The 2021 100 mile route

Please note that the route is subject to change.

The Circuit

Classic Manc

The route shares much of the Mad Manc route until you near Saddleworth. Whilst the Mad Mancers suffer on some extra climbs and miles, you’ll cycle up the Uppermill main street before a steady climb to the second feed station at the picturesque Saddleworth Hotel. Here you can enjoy great food whilst taking in another great view.

On departing the Saddleworth Hotel grounds, you’ll take head directly over to Newhey, Milnrow and past Rochdale Town Hall, before a third stop at Norden Community Primary School. There will be hot more 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. Fortunately for you, you don’t need to tackle the Ramsbottom Rake loop, but there’s plenty more climbing, so pace yourself well. You’ll heading through Edgeworth and taking on a closed road section to Belmont where you will enjoy your last feed station. There’s great nutrition and a truly incredible view. You will need to replenish your reserves here at the Bolton Sailing Club. You might escape the Mad Manc’s Rivington climbs but you’ll you have a lumpy route heading back towards Ramsbottom and like the Mad Manc riders, you’ll finish off with the climb up Owd Betts and then the short sharp climb to the Windmill before a winding descent which takes you to within a few miles from the finish. This is a tough gritty ride and you’ll earn your medal.

Please note that the route is subject to change.

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