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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  355m

Dist:  354km

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

Manchester to London bike ride

Bike Adventure

Cycle from the capital of the North to the UK's capital city. Three days of cycling take us South from the industrial heartlands of Manchester to buzzing London. This 354km city to city route will really test you whilst highlighting some of the UK's best roads, have you got what it takes?


Starting from Central Manchester we’ll head South to skirt around the spectacular Peak District National Park, with a hilly start on day one, finishing our first leg in Derby.

Our second day continues South through Leicester and Loughborough, crossing the Midlands via the Soar Valley, following the River Soar and crossing the River Trent before our second night’s rest in the new town of Milton Keynes.

The Grand Finale takes us into the big City from the West via the Grand Union Canal on National Cycle Route 6, having spent some time riding through the glorious Chilterns. 354km in the legs and a job well done.

 


Itinerary

DAY 1: LONDON TO NORTHAMPTON, 115KM

Deaparting London on the Grand Union canal this takes up the morning journey with a gradual incline over the Chiltern Hills before dropping down towards Milton Keynes. After visiting this new town there are some undulations before arriving at our accommodation for the night in Northampton.

DAY 2: NORTHAMPTON TO UTTOXETER, 135KM

Leaving Northampton we head Northwards again towards Leicester, a rolling day on low level hills through Loughborough before heading west to Uttoxeter on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

DAY 3: UTTOXETER TO MANCHESTER, 83KM

Leaving Uttoxeter we skirt around the edge of the Peak District National Park, this is the more challenging of the days with larger climbs and descents in the morning, passing through Macclesfield before heading down into the city of Manchester itself.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

Two nights in clean, comfortable 2-3 star hotels with breakfast included.

 

What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?

These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)

 

Included In Trip

Support vehicle.

First aid trained and experienced cycle leader.

Two nights accommodation including breakfast.

 

 

Excluded From Trip

Evening meals.

Lunches.

Transfers to start/from finish of challenge.

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Oil/Lube*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Helmet (compulsory)

Medikit
Suncream, Plasters
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc

Washkit
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste

Warm Clothing
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat

Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Underwear
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Other
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)

Important
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..

 

Safety Information

You must stay in contact with your leader at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made each morning. You must always wear your helmet. Your leader is First Aid Qualified - and will carry a full expedition first aid kit. There will also be a support vehicle available in case of emergency - but this is only useful if you are in contact with the vehicle / leader. You should make sure you have programmed your leader's phone number in your own phone. If you are stuck at the roadside - please make yourself safe. Also it is essential that you check your bicycle is in good working order before joining this event.

 

Weather

Being in the UK we should be prepared for anything. Whilst not wishing everyone to bring heaps of equipment we should be prepared for both poor weather and scorching hot weather. Bring both equipment to protect from hot sun, and also to protect in case it rains. It is unlikely to be cold.

 

Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


Guide price

Price on Application

Difficulty
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This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


 

Event Location


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