Cycle Manchester to Bristol Picture 1
Cycle Manchester to Bristol Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  200m

Dist:  195 mi

Min age:  18

Duration:  2

Cycle Manchester to Bristol

Bike Adventure

We are sure this unique Adventure Café event will inspire and enthuse experienced cyclists out there, as well as those who are new to the sport, but want an unforgettable challenge.
This grand 195 mile route from Manchester through the Midlands, and on down to the gateway to the West, Bristol. You may either tackle this one as an individual keen cyclist, ready for 2 big days, or you may wish to break it down into smaller legs, and ride as a relay team - the choice is yours! Cutting the edge of the peaks, passing Stratford Upon Avon and riding over the Cotswolds, this is a memorable ride indeed!

This ride covers a large swathe of the middle of our country and connects some of our proudest and most historic locations. Be ready to experience the Heart of England in a new and exciting way, seeing every turn in the road and every countryside vista as you pedal this fantastic route. Also be aware that you will be riding in and out of the three cities of Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. The ride will cross some flat areas, but also considerable areas of undulating terrain, so you had better get busy with your training! The more training you do , the more you will enjoy this fantastic ride, and the less you will be wondering just how many miles are left to go!!!



Pre-Event Meet at designated team hotel in Manchester for pre- event briefing and dinner 20:00

Day 1 Manchester — Birmingham , apx 95 miles.
Early departure from Manchester (by 08:00 absolute latest). Chosen route takes us through the historic town of Macclesfield, and onwards via the edge of the Peak District and down into the Midlands. We shall make our way via Cannock Chase, on small roads wherever possible (please request more detailed road maps) and to the outskirts of Birmingham. The total distance for today is some 95 miles, and will give everyone a challenging day!

Day 2 Birmingham - Bristol, apx 100 miles.
Riding out to Stratford upon Avon, and then down towards the beautiful Cotswolds. In the afternoon we shall make our final approach into Bristol, arriving in the early evening - just in time for a great celebration in Isambard Kingdom Brunel's home city.

Raise a glass to a job well done! Manchester to Bristol, now what's your next challenge?


Route Map


This challenge does not include accommodation - we have left you to decide upon which style of accommodation you prefer.


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!)


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic/First Aider.

Pre-event briefing.


Excluded From Trip

Transport to/from start/finish points.

Lunches and dinners.



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)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Helmet (compulsory)

Suncream, Plasters
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc

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
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

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

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

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



Expect it to be potentially chilly at times—and maybe even a little rain. If we prepare for all conditions then we may be pleasantly surprised! Hat and gloves are highly recommended for this trip! Bring warm tracksuit trousers just in case.


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! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


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

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

Price on Application



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

Event Location

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