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Manchester to Edinburgh cycle ride

September 21-24 2016

This September an intrepid group of cyclists will make an epic journey northwards to raise awareness of urban beekeeping, tree planting and cycling. The ride will be a four day test of character from Manchester to Kendal, Kendal to Dumfries, Dumfries to Glasgow and then finally Glasgow to Edinburgh totalling 334 miles. The ride team, which includes Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership staff, staff from Manchester City Council and invited guests, have spent the summer donning lycra and pounding out the miles in a desperate attempt to be ride fit for September.

Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership Cycle jersey 2016

This year’s ride follows on from the success of a cycle to London in 2015 in collaboration with the Chelsea Fringe Festival. That journey culminated in an event at Bethnal Green where, quite literally hot off his bike, Visitor Services Manager John Mouncey gave a presentation about the urban sustainability work of Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership.

The event is supported by Grow Wild, Manchester City of Trees and River of Flowers to promote the importance of tree and wildflower planting across the UK.

Launching the ride will be a tree planting event in Whitworth Park in conjunction with Manchester City of Trees. The ride will culminate with a celebratory event in Edinburgh in collaboration with Grow Wild Scotland and Cycling UK.

Along the route a bespoke mix of wildflower seeds curated specifically to provide flowers for bees will be given away.

We’ll be posting regular Twitter, Instagram and blog updates from the peloton as it ventures north.

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3 responses to “Manchester to Edinburgh cycle ride”

  1. best bikes says:

    Verry interesting post.

  2. Barry Thornber says:

    Where will be your destination in 2017?

    • Martin Grimes says:

      Good question! We all said after completing the ride, ‘Never again’, but it’s wise never to say never…

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