The Manchester to Liverpool bike ride

The Manchester to Liverpool bike ride takes place on Sunday 31 May 2009.

The Manchester to Liverpool bike ride is now in its fifth year and is going from strength to strength. The ride starts at Salford Quays, leaving Manchester via Old Trafford football stadium and Stretford, where it picks up the Trans-Pennine Trail. The Trans-Pennine Trail is mostly traffic-free and is ideal for cycling what ever your ability. The Trans-Pennine Trail also takes you along part of the famous Manchester Ship Canal towards the city of Liverpool and the river Mersey.  The final leg of the Journey takes you down the famous Penny Lane.

The Manchester to Liverpool bike ride is in aid of MAG and is organised by specialist company Bike Events, the UK’s largest organiser of fundraising and recreational cycle rides.

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Manchester to Liverpool Route

The routes follow quiet back roads wherever possible and occasionally cycle paths. The way is signed with dayglo yellow signs featuring a bike and arrow to show the direction. Refreshment stops and warnings (e.g. steep hills and road junctions) are also signed. Always obey road signs and traffic lights. Follow the Highway Code and Bike Events’ rules of the ride.


The ride will have marshals to point you in the right direction and to help you ride safely. They are in direct contact with our central control and will always provide help should you need it.


Your route map will show a number of stops where there will be mechanical assistance. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to one. Call the mechanical emergency number on the map and they’ll come out to you. Come prepared with a puncture repair kit and a pump.

First Aid

Your route map will also show First Aid stops. Call the emergency medical number on the map if you need to and they’ll send help straightaway. Every route has point numbers along the way. If you make a note of the one you’ve just passed, this will make it easier to find you.


Every route has regular, official Bike Events refreshment stops. You’re welcome to fill water bottles and use the facilities free of charge, but please note that other items must be paid for. Please help to provide a good service by keeping refreshment stops clean and free of litter. It is recommended you use the official refreshment stops as otherwise you may be missed by the ‘tail end’ team – these people look after the riders at the very back, while taking down the directional signs behind them.

Support vehicles

Support vehicles always have a Bike Events sign. They follow the route to give you and your bike a lift if you need one. They’ll take you part of the way or to the finish if necessary. Call the emergency number on your route map (or ask a marshal to call for you) and a support vehicle will come out to you.

Ride Details

Start: Salford Watersports Centre, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3SQ
Finish: Otterspool Park, Otterspool Drive, Liverpool L17 5AL
Distance 38 miles (approximately)
Getting There : Car Nearest Parking – Lowry multi-storey (near to the
start). Parking fee: up to 12hrs: £6.50 / over 12hrs: £10. Height
restriction: 2.1 metres
Getting There : Train Nearest station – Salford Crescent (half mile from
the Start – just follow our signs). Please note – the Metro CANNOT take
bikes. National Rail Enquiries 08457 484 950
Start Times 08.00 – 10.00 at a time to suit you
Minimum age 8 and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18
Cycle helmets must be worn