TAMESIDE'S cyclists are being urged to test themselves on the toughest route yet as the Tour de Manc returns for 2019.
Sponsored and supported by Tameside Council, the event takes place on the 5th May with the 104 mile long route travelling through all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester. With over 9,000ft of climbing to complete, it's the ultimate challenge.
A proper grand depart, rolling out from David Lloyd Manchester North Club at 7:30am, riders will be treated to a nice flat section past Heaton Park, travelling through Salford, Old Trafford and Chorlton to Stockport. Now this is where the real work begins, past Stockport the course begins to rise with bittersweet but unforgiving Werneth Low providing the perfect setting for the King/Queen of the Mountain competition.
From here, the route travels through Tameside, heading to Saddleworth and through Uppermill, where rumour has it riders will be served show-stopping scones. Past here, several testy climbs stand in the way as the ride passes Newhey and Milnrow, before passing through Rochdale.
One for the fearless, the climbs continue up Owd Betts, then up to Holcombe before a VERY tough climbing route and closed road section to Belmont. From here, a Rivington climb leads you into Wigan and back via a handful of climbs north of Bolton. It's not over yet as you still have the Heap Bridge climb to tackle just a few miles from the finish.
An epic ride all about blood, sweat and tears, the Tour de Manc isn't just about the fastest rider, those who showcase grit and determination will be rewarded. From lone to group participation, Tour de Manc once again puts on a race that does Greater Manchester proud, allowing riders to experience this epic part of the world.
Tour de Manc is a charitable sportive - run 100% by volunteers, using cycling as a force for good in Greater Manchester, raising significant funds for registered charities.
For 2019, Tour de Manc has chosen Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Booth Centre, a Greater Manchester charity providing a day centre for the homeless and HaTS, an independent charity which supports the patients and the families of the Haematology and Transplant unit located in The Christie Hospital in Manchester, as its lead charities.
Riders will also have the opportunity to ride for charities of their choice, seeing peddle power generate funds that can really make a difference.
Tameside Council Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: "I'm delighted that we're once again sponsoring and supporting the Tour de Manc, which raises significant funds for good causes and showcases the wonderful local scenery. We're also championing cycling as a great way of getting fitter and healthier and a sustainable way to travel. I'd urge Tameside's cyclists to take on the challenge of what promises to be the toughest route yet and wish everyone involved the best of luck."