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British Cycling and HSBC UK have confirmed the route for the HSBC UK City Ride taking place in Manchester on 23 July.

Starting at Albert Square, the 11km route goes through the heart of the city and out towards Old Trafford, taking in Media City before looping back into the city centre. The route will also feature a shorter, accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes.

The event will be the sixth of 14 free-to-attend HSBC UK City Ride events across the country in 2017, and is the first step towards HSBC UK and British Cycling’s ambition to get two million people on bikes by 2020, making cycling the UK’s most popular activity and sport of choice.

Paralympic champion Sophie Thornhill, who grew up in Manchester and lives and trains in the city, said:

“Everyone knows how much of a sporting city Manchester is, and I’m sure that thousands of people will take the opportunity to join in the fun at the HSBC UK City Ride in July.

“It will be great to see thousands of people getting the chance to enjoy cycling through our city, and the event will hopefully inspire them to make cycling part of their everyday lives.”

As well as exploring the city centre route, the event will give young riders the opportunity to test their bike handling and pick up new skills on the HSBC UK Go-Ride course. Run by British Cycling coaches, the area will feature obstacles and challenges for all levels of rider to tackle. There will be bikes and helmets available to borrow and you will be able to find out about all of the local cycling clubs and activities for children in the area. Younger participants will also be able to dress their bikes in the Kids’ Zone, which will house face-painting, a bib personalisation station and a caricature artist.

Entrants will be able to benefit from the presence of fully-qualified technicians who will be able to advise on any mechanical issues, while other activities such as a virtual reality cycling experience, street velodrome, off-road BMX-style course and the Sir Chris Hoy challenge – where participants can challenge Sir Chris’ Olympic gold-medal winning sprint time – will ensure a fantastic day for entrants of all ages.

The events are completely free and participants can either register their participation by clicking here, or enter on the day.

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