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

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.” 


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.