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Great Manchester Cycle schwag: we have winners!

Over 7,000 took part last year, the 2013 event is taking place on June 30

Hey, is it monday already? Ahem. Anyway, with no further ado we've dipped our fingers into the magic hat and pulled out three winners for these ride tickets. And our lucky winners are:


Congrats to those guys and commiserations if you didn't win. The 52-mile event has now sold out but there are still tickets left for the 13- and 26-mile rides, so head over to if you want to take part.


We have teamed up with The Great Manchester Cycle to offer three readers (and a friend each) the chance to take part for free on Sunday 30 June 2013.

The Great Manchester Cycle caters for all abilities, from club cyclists to families who wish to take on the challenge together. Riders have a choice of three routes: A Great Day Out over 13 miles, Rule the Roads over 26 miles, or for the more established riders the 52-mile Break Away from the Pack. Last year the closed-road event attracted over 7,000 entrants to the home of British Cycling, many of whom were taking part in an organised cycling event for the first time.

Starting and finishing at Etihad Campus, the home of Manchester City FC, the 13-mile loop will give participants the chance to see the city from a whole new perspective as they pass landmarks such as Old Trafford and ride along roads free of cars, including the iconic Mancunian Way – a stretch of motorway normally off-limits to bikes.

London 2012 women’s team pursuit Gold medallist Joanna Rowsell is the event ambassador and will be riding alongside a host of TV celebrities, including Emmerdale’s Liam Fox (Dan Spencer), Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden), Rik Makarem (Nikhil Sharma), Nicola Wheeler (Nicola King), Zoe Henry (Rhona Kirk), Jeff Hordley and James Hooton (Cain and Sam Dingle).

To enter the draw, just stick a comment below. We'll pick our winners next Monday (17 June) – obviously you'll need to be able to get yourself to Manchester on the 30th, it's not like we can send you the ride in the post. Usual schwag grab rules apply. If you don't luck out here then adults tickets are £20 for any distance, and kids aged 8 and over can ride for a fiver. Children aged 3-7 can take part in the 13-mile route for free, but will need to use either a tag-a-long bike or children's bike trailer/seat. Don't leave it too long if you want a place on the 52-miler though, there are less than 100 spots left.

For further information on the event please visit

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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