Great Manchester Cycle set to be Britain's biggest Diamond Jubilee street party

13-mile route is country's biggest official road closure over four-day bank holiday weekend next month

by Simon_MacMichael   May 12, 2012  

Great Manchester Cycle Jubilee

Organisers of the Daily Mirror Great Manchester Ride are calling on more cyclists to sign up for what they promise will be Britain’s biggest street party over the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend, stretching from Salford to Eastlands.

There are more than 200 events planned for Manchester alone over the four-day break, with the closed-roads bike ride taking place on Monday 4 June on a 13-mile circuit being far and away the largest. It’s also officially the biggest street closure in the UK for a street party over that weekend.

Three routes are available to appeal to different ages and abilities – Get Out and Pedal over 13 miles, Rule the Roads over 26 miles, and Test Yourself over 52 miles – with full details, including timings and how to enter, available on the event website.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure commented: “The Daily Mirror Great Manchester Cycle is sure to be a highlight of Manchester’s Jubilee weekend.” 

 

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posted by shrinkinbggaz [117 posts]
12th May 2012 - 21:36

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I had thought about doing this but find the minimum speeds expected: 18mph for the longer distance and 13mph for the 26 miler, wrong in principle and indeed, difficult for the majority of non serious cyclists to achieve: although most of us on here could achieve it no doubt.

Any idea why they have these minimum speeds?

posted by essexian [5 posts]
13th May 2012 - 7:13

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Minimum speeds are there due to the schedule and timings of re-opening the roads. I think they're put there more to remind people that they can't just stop in a pub en route cos frankly, especially to leisure cyclists, average speeds don't mean much, they're difficult to translate into how much effort the rider has to put in.

18mph on flat roads like that shouldn't be a problem. Unless there's so many riders that it becomes like the London Brighton where you're sometimes lucky to reach more than 8mph through town...

posted by crazy-legs [537 posts]
13th May 2012 - 11:13

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crazy-legs wrote:
18mph on flat roads like that shouldn't be a problem. Unless there's so many riders that it becomes like the London Brighton where you're sometimes lucky to reach more than 8mph through town...

The majority of it is on the Mancunian Way which although isnt completely flat, does open up to being a four lane motorway at points so I cant see congestion being a huge problem, I'd imagine it would certainly be quicker than Manchester - Blackpool, which is of a similar distance and number of participants.

posted by farrell [1520 posts]
14th May 2012 - 14:50

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There's no longer an average speed requirement for the 52 mile version. But the organisers are advising to take the 18mph figure into consideration, just to ensure people doing it are confident with the speed/challenge.

It's for road closure purposes more than anything.

posted by Adam Tranter [3 posts]
16th May 2012 - 15:26

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