Manchester loves cycling and with miles of spectacular riding on its doorstep in the Peak District and Cheshire lanes it is easy to understand why. In this Collection you'll find our favourite local loops from central Manchester, whether you want to challenge yourself with an imperial century across the Peak District, a quick escape from the city onto Cheshire Lanes or a more chilled cafe ride. Let it be said though, there's a fair amount of climbing around here no matter what you choose!
The Rapha Clubhouse is spread over three floors in its home tucked discreetly behind St Ann’s Church. This is the only Clubhouse with a mechanic’s workshop. Upstairs is a café serving the finest food, coffee and a wide range of Rapha products and an exhibition space called The Gallery is on the floor above that, and has hosted many exhibitions including Bradley Wiggins’s personal memorabilia collection.
The Rapha Clubhouse hosts regular rides for both customers interested in taking their cycling to the next level and Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) members. Events such as film screenings, exhibitions and book launches are also regular features.
Organised group rides roll out from Rapha Clubhouses every week. Whether you’re a local rider or just passing through, enjoy a social spin with us.
More info: rapha.cc/manchester
Short on time but want to get out of the city? Head south-west for this ace 27.3 mile (44km) road route over the Mersey to enjoy the Cheshire lanes.
If you've got time for a coffee stop, Dunham Barn tea rooms is about halfway.
Heading south-west into Cheshire, this longer loop includes a lap of the lanes around Rostherne village and Rostherne Mere nature reserve, albeit staying on the tarmac.
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Pack your climbing legs for this jaunt out east to the Peak.
With the climbs of Holmefirth Road, also known as Skye after a long-closed inn, and the famous Holme Moss, plus a few extras, there are some spectacular views to be earned along this Tour.
This tour takes you north-east out of Manchester and into the upper reaches of the Peak District National Park.
You'll climb Skye Road past Dovestones Reservoir to begin, before dropping down to Meltham. Then it's up and over into Slaithwaite before a spicy ascent out of the village ready for some more…
Said to be a favourite of Dame Sarah Storey, the twisting climb that passes the former brickworks, is a key feature of this ride.
Thankfully you get to descend the 25% gradient of Blaze Hill on this route afterwards!
Peak District classics about on this mega imperial century ride, including the well-known Winnats Pass.
Not one to be underestimated, the climbs are tough, but the stunning Peak District views on a good day should provide some welcome distraction from the effort.
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