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05.Sep.2021

THE RIDE

A PROPER NORTHERN KNEES UP

We’ve FOUR great routes to choose from in this year’s edition of the Tour de Manc® sportive programme – A 50Km route, 100Km route, a 100Mile route and a 200Km route.
You’ll need true Northern grit!

The toughest challenge in the Tour de Manc® programme is the Mad Manc – It’s called that for a reason – as well as the challenge of 200km distance and a LOT of climbing, you’ve a time limit too. Too slow and you’ll be diverted onto one of the shorter routes. This route is not for the unprepared or faint hearted. It tours all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester in an anti-clockwise direction and It’s epic and based on a harder version of the already rock ‘ard Full Manc course. We added more miles and searched for more climbs, so if you’ve never ridden the Ramsbottom Rake, you’re in for a proper leg burner and then some. The route has a lot in common with the Classic Full Manc, including the prize segments and the closed and one way sections of road, so you can really ride for the bragging rights on these sections.

The route heads out on a flat, mainly downhill route, past Heaton Park, towards Agecroft, through Salford, past Old Trafford and Chorlton to Stockport. 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 very 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! You get a chance to get a stop courtesy of the wonderful Chef and Brewer Hare and Hounds Inn – who kindly let us use their facilities. On another day you’d stop here and enjoy a beer and their great food, but not today. After a quick “light” refreshment stop, you’ll head through Tameside and several climbs around Saddleworth, passing through Uppermill hills before a long steady climb to the second feed station at the wonderful Saddleworth Hotel. Here you can enjoy great food whilst taking in another great view. On departing the Saddleworth Hotel grounds, you’ll take on a couple of testy climbs including the Grains Bar climb which featured as a Tour of Britain KoM segment. You then climb over to Newhey, ride through Milnrow and past the current sound of Big Ben (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, including a loop to take in the Ramsbottom Rake – you’ll remember that for a long time. You’ll rejoin the main course 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 as you have another handful of climbs over to Rivington then back towards Bolton and Ramsbottom and you’ll finish off with the climb up Owd Betts. Then just to add that little sting to the tail, you have a short sharp climb to the Windmill before a fantastic winding descent which takes you to within a few miles from the finish. You’ll have to keep the pace up all the way, otherwise you’ll be diverted down one of the shorter routes.

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. 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.

The Half Manc is 100Km long and shares some great feed stations and some of the best views of Manchester. You’ll have to earn those views though, with some challenging climbs. You’ll follow the Full Manc route until the Top of Owd Betts at around 90Km, where you will cut down Ashworth Valley and head back to the finish. There are 3 feed stations, a 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. There’s great camaraderie and remember to stop and take some pictures of views around Manchester that you never knew existed.

The Quarter Manc is a new challenge for 2021. It’s 50Km long and is aimed at new cyclists who want an achievable ride, but it still tackles a couple of tough hills and will offer you one of the best views of Manchester and the Pennine hills. You’ll have access to free photos of yourself on the course, free feed stations and you’ll get a great medal too. At the finish there will be a very pleasant reward awaiting you ! A bottle of Rule number 5 Tour de Manc beer (for those of drinking age – All included !

We don’t think there’s a better sportive for experience, route, friendliness, food and beer!
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WHAT’S THE
STORY FOR 2020 2021

We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re preparing for the epic 2021 Tour de Manc. Over 200 Km of Marvellous Mancunia.

Better planning at the start will have the 200kmer’s leaving before the 100milers who will leave before the half and quarter Manc’ers and with postal registration, those that want to set off early will be able to pretty much arrive and go.

In the home of the industrial revolution, we’re creating a cycling revolution and we’ll be reviewing part of the route to make it bob on for 2021. You’ll see that the Tour de Manc does things the Mancunian Way (although we won’t be riding on it) and even though the Tour de France finishes in Paris with the Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower and the River Seine we’ve got Piccadilly Gardens, Beetham Tower and the Ship Canal.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU ENDURE?

THE Mad Manc

  • 10 Boroughs
  • 200km
  • 10000ft

Date

5th September 2021

Time

7:30 am - 5:45 pm

Venue

Bowlee Community Park,
Heywood Old Road (A6045),
Middleton,
Greater Manchester,
M24 4SD

THE Full Manc

  • 9 Boroughs
  • 100miles
  • 7000ft

Date

5th September 2021

Time

7:30 am - 5:45 pm

Venue

Bowlee Community Park,
Heywood Old Road (A6045),
Middleton,
Greater Manchester,
M24 4SD

THE Half Manc

  • 8 Boroughs
  • 100Km
  • 4000ft

Date

5th September 2021

Time

8:00 am - 5:45 pm

Venue

Bowlee Community Park,
Heywood Old Road (A6045),
Middleton,
Greater Manchester,
M24 4SD

THE Quarter Manc

  • 2 Boroughs
  • 50km
  • 2000ft

Date

5th September 2021

Time

8:00 am - 5:45 pm

Venue

Bowlee Community Park,
Heywood Old Road (A6045),
Middleton,
Greater Manchester,
M24 4SD

HOW SPONSORSHIP WORKS?

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More info can be found here:- https://www.tourdemanc.co.uk/sponsors-and-partners/

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