Join our team for the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride
26 - 27 September 2015
From Manchester to Blackpool
Setting off from the Trafford Centre on Saturday night, you’ll leave the lights of Manchester behind and make your way through sleepy Lancashire countryside, before reaching the finish line where you’ll be greeted by a dazzling display of illuminations on Blackpool’s seafront.
This ride is open to anyone aged 18 or over.
We offer a bus travel service that takes you and your bike from Blackpool to Manchester, either before or after the Night Ride, for £25 per person, you just need to add to your basket when you register.
Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that powers our life saving research.
Cycling with your family, friends or colleagues? Start a team when you sign up and invite everyone to join you. Each member will need to enter the team name and the team leader’s name when registering online.
Your entry includes
- Training guidance
- Fundraising support
- Medical support
- Full route signage and marshalling
- A medal for all finishers
- Rest stops on the way to Blackpool
If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:
Tel: 0845 130 8663
Make your travel plans
Intu Trafford Centre,
Barton Dock Road,
Travelling to the start
Our coach service
We offer a bus travel service that takes you and your bike from Blackpool to Manchester either before the Night Ride or after you have finished for £25 per person. To book onto this service, simply add either the Saturday evening (pre-ride) or Sunday morning (post-ride) service to your basket when registering.
Trafford Park Railway Station is only a two miles from the start line and can be reached via Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road Stations.
Northern Rail will be operating a normal Sunday service. Carriage of bikes is at the discretion of the train operator/conductor and we recommend customers pre-book their bike onto the train. Each train has limited capacity.
For more information visit the National Rail cycling page.
The Trafford Centre is a few minutes from the M60, so it’s easy to reach by car. Please access the area via Junction 9 of the M60 as access from Junction 10 will be restricted.
There are no planned road closures at the Trafford Centre, nor any transport restrictions. All vehicles will be permitted on Barton Dock Road, so please take care when arriving. Parking is free, simply follow the signs and the stewards instructions
The postcode for SatNav is M41 7TB.
Travelling from the finish line
Blackpool North a mile away from the finish line. Remember you will be finishing in the early hours on a Sunday and not all trains will be running. Please check National Rail before planning your journey.
The closest parking to the finish area is the pay and display 24 hour Central Car Park - Bonny Street, Blackpool, FY1 5AR.
The price for a full day is £13. The car park has a 6ft 3” height restriction, check the height of your vehicle if you’re using a roof rack carrier.
Visit blackpool.gov.uk/transportandstreets for further information.
Get ready for your ride
Raise money to power our research
Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating.
Create an online fundraising page - it's the easiest way to get sponsored. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.
Create your fundraising page
Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.
Get fit for your challenge
These are challenging runs and you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our training zone
Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips
We will be in touch
We will be in contact with you before the day sending you information and updates. We will also include lots of handy hints and tips to help with your training and preparation.
When you sign up you will also receive your rider pack from us. This will include:
- Your rider number – please look after your number and bring it with you to wear on the night. You won’t be able to start without it.
- Event welcome booklet, full of fundraising ideas
- a Rules of the Road leaflet
- sponsorship form
- back note, which you can wear on the night to express your inspiration for taking part.
If you have ordered travel tickets they will be sent to you before the Night Ride. If you don’t receive them, please contact the team.
Make sure you have the right kit
Take a look at our recommended cycling kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you. A helmet and lights are essential for you to take part in this event.
You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.
Sign up for British Cycling membership
British Cycling membership includes insurance and they’ll donate £4 for every Ride Membership Package our riders sign up for. Find out about the membership benefits.
Get your family and friends involved
Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, or they could come and help on the day. Volunteers are vital in making our events a success.
At the start
There will be an information point open from 21:30 for replacement rider numbers, travel tickets or if you would like to purchase tickets for our coach travel service.
Travel tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis on the night.
You don't need to check in, so if you have everything you need, we recommend arriving no earlier than 23:30.
On the night, one of our marshals will give you an OS folded map of the route showing mile markers and rest stop locations.
At the start you'll find:
- Mechanic stand
- Information point (for any last minute problems)
You'll set off in controlled waves between 24:00 - 01:00. The ride is 52 miles on road and will be signposted and marshalled all the way.
There will be three rest stops with water points, toilets and the opportunity to purchase a range of drinks and snacks.
The roads you’ll ride on will be open to traffic. Help keep everyone safe by reading our Rules of the Road leaflet, which will be posted to you with your rider number.
- Wear your helmet
- Use a bike light on the front and back of your bike - this is the law and you will not be able to take part without them
- Wear Hi-Vis reflective clothing
- Never overtake recklessly or try not to pass on the inside
- Obey the police, marshals and ride officials
- If your bike breaks down, get off the road as soon as possible
There will be free water, first aid and mechanical support through the night. Please ensure you have our emergency number with you during the ride in case you need to call for help.
At the finish
At the finish you'll find:
- Well deserved cheer and medal
- Free water
- Catering outlets to buy something warming to eat
Last year's ride
In 2013, our amazing riders raised more than £150,000 to help power our life-saving research.