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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...

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.” 


Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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