THE Tour de Manc is coming back bigger, better, and more inclusive - and Tameside Council are sponsoring and supporting the event.
This year, in addition to the main sportive, there will be a separate event for 250 disabled and para-cyclists which will be hosted at our Richmond Street cycling track in Ashton. Riders will be able to work as teams to cover an accumulated distance of 100 miles - the same as in the following day’s able-bodied race.
Steven Pleasant, chief executive of Tameside Council, said: “Here at Tameside Council we fully recognise the part cycling can play in making people fitter and healthier. We were very keen to take part in an event that made such an impression on its launch last year.
“It was great for staff to join European champion track cyclist Tim Lawson and the Tour de Manc team on their recce of the route which takes in the stunning views from Werneth Low in Hyde as it passes through Tameside.”
The Tour takes place on the weekend of June 3 and 4, with the Tour de Manc Tameside disability ride on the Saturday. The following day’s Tour de Manc sportive (named the Chas Collins Memorial Edition, in memory of a lifelong cyclist and Tour supporter who died of leukaemia last year) is open to 550 riders.
It leaves the Lancashire Health and Rackets Club in Middleton and takes a tougher but more scenic tour of all the Greater Manchester boroughs including Tameside. As with last year, there is a less challenging 100km route for those who feel 100 miles (161km) is too much.
Tony Rubins, who created the Tour de Manc with school friend Danny Franks, said: “Both routes are tough but if you’re fairly fit and can ride a bike, the 100km route should be possible and we certainly encourage people to sign up and have fun training.
“The idea is to grow the Tour over the next few years and we want thousands to be riding, improving their health and raising vital funds for local charities. If you enter you could support one of our charities, a charity of your own, or ride without any fund-raising.”
This year, as well as supporting HaTS (Haematology and Transplant Support) and Forever Manchester (which aids community causes), the Tour is helping many other charities. Full details are available at www.tourdemanc.co.uk which is also the place to register to take part. If you would like to volunteer at either of the events, e-mail your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org