Sunday 6th May saw two of our Solicitors take on the Tour Du Manc. This is advertised as 100 miles of Blood Sweat and Gears. They were not wrong in the sweltering heat of the May bank Holiday weekend Ryan Postlethwaite and Eleanor Turton took to the saddle and set out on this mammoth ride. Starting At David Lloyds in North Manchester the riders head into wards Manchester and south onto Stockport. Heading East the riders head for Marple and the first climb of the Day up Dan Bank a 6.3% gradient (Not easy I used to try to do it as a child) then down into Marple bridge ready for the next two climbs to the top of Werneth Low and the first feeding station at 21 miles. Only 1/5 of the way. Coming down off Werneth Low knowing that that was the last of the steep climbs, the riders head off towards Mottram and turning left towards Stalybridge taking in the 1-kilometre climb to Roe cross before the long decent into Stalybridge. Then it’s off towards Mosley taking in the next feeding station. Heading towards the dark place they call Delph to the east of Oldham which the farthest eastly point of the ride. Westward bound now heading to Milnrow and Rochdale for the third feeding station and take on electrolytes and energy bars and then turning north towards Rawtenstall the farthest north thy would have to go. South now towards Edgworth and Turton then west towards Rivington Down past Haigh Hall and back up to Horwich before turning east again and heading towards Bury knowing that all that was needed was that last final push on the peddles before seeing the finish line back in John Lloyds North Manchester. 100 miles done right round Manchester and a lot of very tired legs.
It took Ryan and Eleanor 7 hours and 33 minutes to do the 100 miles and all for the fantastic Forever Manchester.
Ryan said at the finish, “It really was a tremendous day on the bike! With highs of 28°C, it was a very tough day in the saddle (especially given the amount of climbing on the route!) but it was worth it for the stunning views of our amazing city and for such a great cause in Forever Manchester.”