All ages invited to put pedal to metal for Willow Wood

SADDLE up for a charity cycle for all abilities with the Willow Wood Mini Manc Bike Ride.

Tameside’s Willow Wood Hospice is working alongside the Tour De Manc to offer the family friendly and short distance alternative so everyone can get involved.

It takes place on Sunday, July 7 from 10am at Tameside Cycle Circuit, Richmond Street, Ashton.
There are four professionally organised routes:

• 1-8km on a flat cycle track, ideal for young or inexperienced cyclists who can choose their distance on the day. From £5 to take part.
• 16km, mainly country lanes and quieter roads if you cycle for fun and fitness. From £5 to take part.
• 32km, more of a challenge, incorporating some testing hills. £15 to take part.
• 48 km, some significant inclines for those with stamina. £15 to take part.

Michael Hughes, Tameside Council’s sustainable travel officer, said: “We’re delighted to support this fantastic event, which offers something for everyone to get involved in and will have a wonderful atmosphere.

“As well as raising significant funds for good causes, cycling is a great way of getting fitter and healthier and a sustainable way to travel.”

A Willow Wood spokesperson said: “We’re proud to once more partner with Tour de Manc to provide the very best cycling experience for our supporters.

“There are four routes so whether you cycle for fun or fitness or like a real challenge, there’ll be one that’s right for you.

“While the distances are shorter, the routes incorporate some significant hills to test stamina.

“All routes will be well signed and there will be a mechanic out on the roads for minor repairs.

Come rain or shine, saddle up for what will be a great event.”

You can sign up and get more information online at: willowwood.info/support-us/events/mini-manc
The Tour de Manc itself, sponsored and supported by Tameside Council, took place on May 5, with the 10- mile route travelling through all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Tour de Manc is a charitable sportive, run by volunteers, using cycling to raise significant funds for registered charities.

For 2019, Tour de Manc chose as its lead charities: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; Booth Centre; and HaTS.

For more information go online: www.tourdemanc.co.uk

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