The Tour de Manc sportive is an open road cycling ride, which follows the sportive guidelines laid out by British Cycling. There are two distances, a very hard (Epic) 100 mile route (“Full Manc”) and a challenging 100km route (“Half Manc”). The Full Manc route visits all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs. Both routes are identical until a single branching point at approximately 54 miles in.
Both routes follow a circular course with the start/finish being at The VirginActive Lancashire Health & Racquets Club Heywood Old Road, Middleton, Greater Manchester. M24 4TH
When bookings are open, you will see a booking link activated on the website. The Tour de Manc uses Eventbright to supply its Online Registration System and the website booking link will direct you to the correct booking page in Eventbrite. As part of the registration process you will need to create an Eventbright account (if you already have an Eventbright account, you will not need to re-register). This will enable you to log back into the system and self-manage your personal data and event entries.
Entries may be taken on the day if places are available, however the inaugural ride was massively oversubscribed and it is quite unlikely that there will be availability. It is advisable to call Tour de Manc a day or two beforehand, to check if there is availability as online registrations will finish a number of days before the ride commences.
Registration opens at 07.00hrs. First riders will be departing at 07.30hrs and then 5 mins following. You may start at any time, however the finish will close at 17:30hrs sharp. After this, timing, medals, gift bags etc will not be available. So you need to gauge your start time accordingly. If you are riding the “Full Manc”, it is prudent to start as early as possible to give you the best chance of completing the ride.
The finish will close at 17.30hrs prompt, giving you a maximum of 10 hours to complete the route (this is assuming you start at the earliest departure time). Very approximately, this equates to a minimum required average speed (with some rests/stops) of around 11.7 mph for the Full Manc and 7mph for the Half Manc to complete within the maximum permitted time (again, this is assuming you depart at the earliest departure time).
There is ample dedicated car parking clearly signposted from the A6045 for the sportive. Tour de Manc Sportive Event Parking is at: Bowlee Country Park, Heywood Old Road (A6045), Middleton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M24 4SD
Do not drive to the VirginActive Lancashire club and try to park there, unless you are a VirginActive member and have your VirginActive pass with you – you will be turned away by the marshals and may find it difficult to rejoin the marshalled parking system. The parking is free and marshalled.
The parking area has toilets and changing facilities, located in a pavilion, next to the parking area. You are welcome to use these, however you may prefer to use the changing facilities and storage facilities at the VirginActive Lancashire club.
On the day you may call our ride control (the number will be included in your ride info pack), who will try and help with any issues. There will also be volunteers driving on each route to offer advice to riders who can’t complete the ride due to mechanical failure or fatigue.
We will have mechanics supporting the Tour de Manc from King Kog (a local, Prestwich based, bike shop). There will be a mechanics station at the start line and there will also be a mechanic stop at approx. 40 miles (also manned by King Kog). The mechanics will have some spare parts for most common bikes and although they will not charge for their labour, spares/parts are chargeable.
It is essential that you carry a spare inner tube, patches, pump and a mini-tool with you – these can be purchased from the mechanics station, should you forget them.
A rider information pack will be provided to you prior to the departure with detailed routing description. For those with GPS navigation devices, we will provide TCX and a GPX files of the routes on the website for download. This routes are adequatelysigned, though we recommend you buddy up with a small group of other riders (this will also enhance your enjoyment of the ride). There will be volunteers driving on each route to offer advice to riders. If in doubt, you can always call ride control for navigation assistance.
Yes you must wear a cycle helmet to take part. These are in the Terms and Conditions you accept as a participant
The minimum age is 16. A parental consent form must be completed for riders below 18 years of age and can be obtained by emailing the Tour de Manc organisers (contact detailsare on this website). Please note that you will not be permitted to start the route if you are under 18 and we do not have a signed parental consent form for you.
There will be a cloakroom/storage facility to deposit your day bag/change of clothing and towels. The venue has showers (with shower gel) for your use. Your belongings/valuables should be locked in your car or carried with you – We can not store your valuables
There will be a marshalled storage compound to leave your bike for a while. We do not accept any liability for your property, so we recommend that you bring a good lock with you to comply with your insurance (assuming you have some). If you wish, you can leave the lock in your day bag (see above) when you depart and pick it up when you finish.
Toilets are available at the parking venue, at the registration/Start-Finish venue and at each of our official drink/refreshment stops.
We expect the following to be available (distances are approximate only).
These are free to registered riders.
Registration/Start venue – Hot drinks and Flapjack/muffin or Toast and Jam tbc First Drink Stop (both routes 21 miles) – Water, Bananas and possibly other foods tbc Second Drink Stop (both routes 37 miles)
– Hot and cold drinks, energy/electrolyte drinks and energy gels, baked foods other foods Third Drink Stop (both routes 52 miles)
– Hot and cold drinks, energy/electrolyte drinks and energy gels, baked foods, sandwiches other foods tbc Fourth Drink Stop (only Full Manc riders)
– Hot and cold drinks, energy/electrolyte drinks and energy gels, bakedfoods, sandwiches other foods tbc Finish Venue
– Hot drinks, recovery/protein shakes, baked foods
When sales are open, you will see a link activated on the website. The link will direct you to the correct e-shop facility where you can order your jerseys.