Last Chance to Sign Up for the ManchesTour! The ManchesTour mass participation ride is just over a week away and time is running out to get your entries in for the challenge ride. The ride takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August but the closing date for entries is Sunday 22nd August.

The ManchesTour has been organised to celebrate the return of the Tour of Britain (1st - 5th September) and marks the first steps in moving towards and etape style mass participation ride in the UK. Ride supporters include Sport England, Manchester Evening news, Manchester City Council and Lucozade Sport.

The ride starts at the City of Manchester Stadium in Sportcity and within four kilometres of the start, participants are in the countryside heading east for the Pennines, for a tough 110kms route through Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Derbyshire, including the fearsome climb of Holme Moss, the same climb the Tour riders will face on the 2nd stage from Leeds to Sheffield.

To appeal to all levels of cyclist there are also two shorter routes and a free to enter Tour of Sportcity where British Cycling will be holding a variety of activities including Go-Ride skills tests.

On the challenge ride you will enjoy a unique riding experience as transponders will be fitted to your bike to accurately log your time. In addition, all routes will be marshalled by National Escort Group Motorcycle Marshals and there will be Lucozade Sport Fuelling zones where you can get technical back-up and free refreshments. To complete the experience there will be a wide range of attractions at the start and finish in Sportcity to ensure a fantastic day for all the family.

Entry for the rides can be made using our secure online registration system at www.bcrides.co.uk. Alternatively you can register via post, phone or fax. Visit the website or call British Cycling on 0161 274 2010 for more information. Please remember entries close on the 22nd August.

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