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20.Sep.2020

THE RIDE

A PROPER NORTHERN KNEES UP

This is one of the toughest challenges 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 2018 and 2019 feedback you’ll be “Mad ‘fer it”.

The Full and Half Manc starts and finishes at the Bowlee Country Park near Middleton, next door to the David Lloyd Manchester North Club. The Full Manc is 100 miles long, tours all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester in an anti-clockwise direction and has around 6700ft. 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.

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. 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! 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 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 and Eve’s hospitality and his amazing stop whilst taking in another great view. Heading over some testy climbs, you will make your way over to Newhey, Milnrow and past the current sound of Big Ben (Rochdale Town Hall) Rochdale before a third stop at Nordern Community Primary School, where 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 and 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 towards Ramsbottom and back up Owd Betts. Then just to add that little sting to the tail, you have a short sharp climb to the Windmill before a winding descent which takes you to within a few miles from the finish.

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), medals and free photos – 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

We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re preparing for the epic 2020 Tour de Manc. Over 100 Miles of Marvellous Mancunia.

Better planning at the start will have the 100 miler’s leaving before the 100 KM riders, and with registration opening up on Saturday 3rd May, those that want to set off early will be able to pick up their registration packs the day before the ride.

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 2020. 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 Full Manc

  • 10 Boroughs
  • 100miles
  • 6700ft

Date

20th September 2020

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
  • 5000ft

Date

20th September 2020

Time

7:30 am - 5:45 pm

Venue

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

HOW SPONSORSHIP WORKS?

We could not run our events without the support of other organisations.

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

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