European Capital of Cycling Newsletter – February 2024

Rides for women at Emmeline Pankhurst statue

Manchester Rides for Women

Over 150 cycling women from across Manchester gathered for the fantastic Rides for Women event on a crisp, sunny day on Sunday 3 March as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. The event was delivered by local community cycling organisations Station South and Bee Pedal Ready. Eight women-led cycling groups led feeder rides from different parts of the city, with all the women and eight rides congregating at the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue in the City Centre.

The 150-strong group set off on a bike ride down Oxford Road and around Manchester, taking in Manchester highlights including Platt Fields and Birchfields Park. The group included women and girls of all ages and abilities, and it was great to see everyone riding together with lots of support from bystanders.

In a year where Manchester was crowned European Capital of Cycling, the first city to receive this accolade, it’s great to see the passion and commitment across the city from community cycling groups and dedicated people, especially furthering women and girls who ride or connect with cycling in Manchester – #PedalMoreIn24

National Track Championships – What a weekend in Manchester

In February we were delighted to welcome a talented roster of Olympian, Paralympian and world champion riders to compete for the national champions’ jerseys at the National Track Championships, right here in Manchester.

The high-octane action took place against the backdrop of our world-famous National Cycling Centre following a multi-million pound investment by the City Council to create the UK’s first electric Velodrome.

With Royalty looking on, this event epitomised Manchester’s status as a city alive with sport, in the year when we were also named the very first European Capital of Cycling.

We can’t wait to welcome more events and riders to Manchester this year.

Riders on Velodrome track at National Track Championships in Manchester
Children taking part in free cycle skills session with British Cycling over half term

A Wheely Fun Half-Term in Manchester

Over February Half-Term, we supported Manchester children through the holidays with free cycling activities.

Children attending the half-term camp at Rainbow Surprise, Kingsway Athletic and Improving Young Lives welcomed Access Sport for cycling skills sessions.

The opportunity provided children aged between 5-16 with education on how to stay safe when cycling, while also having fun and learning the skills of how to cycle with a professional.

Some of the children began the session unable to ride a bike, however Access Sport ensured that all the children learned key skills relative to their level and had fun and memorable time whilst at it.

Starling Bank Bikes in Manchester

Starling Bank was announced as the first sponsor of the Greater Manchester bike hire scheme. The partnership is the biggest commercial sponsorship deal in Transport for Greater Manchester’s history.

The cycle hire fleet will adopt a new name, Starling Bank Bikes, with bikes bearing the new branding now visible on bikes across the streets of Manchester.

The bikes are available to hire via the Beryl app. New users enjoy a 10-minute free ride on the first Saturday of every month in 2024, and existing users can get a 10% discount on minute bundles EVERY month, using the code SATCYCLE10.

Find out more via the link below, or download the Beryl App and get riding.

Woman riding new Starling Bank hire bike
Love to Ride Challenge bikes

Love 2 Ride in Manchester

Love2Ride began an exciting opportunity for Manchester residents to win special prizes.

Every week, Love2Ride are giving away 2 prizes week to keep people motivated to ride. Enjoy a bike ride to enter prize draw number one and go for a transportation ride* to enter prize draw number two!

Don’t miss your chance to be a winner! Download the Love to Ride App and follow the prompt to register for the challenge, or register via the website below.

Engaging With the Community

Manchester Active, British Cycling, Cycling UK, Access Sport and Manchester City Council Climate Change held the first European Capital of Cycling community engagement meeting. The meeting featured a wide range of cycling organisations with 14 community representatives from 13 different organisations attending the meeting.

Attendees heard about the process of Manchester becoming the European Capital of Cycling and how they could get involved (through initiatives such as HAF and Active Streets), and about training opportunities available.

Some great conversations took place,  with attendees demonstrating their interest in getting involved and creating connections between the groups. Groups were also encouraged to share their programmes and good news stories and to put forward inspirational ambassadors throughout the year.

Child at National Track Championships holding flag labelled Max Trax

Max Trax Has a Grand Day Out

The Place Partnership Team have been supporting Kerrie from Max Trax in her ambition to build a community cycling hub in Openshaw in memory of her son.

Supporters of her work were one of the number of community organisations invited to attend National Track Championships, with 40 members in attendance.

MaxTrax and the community who had the privilege to attend the event thoroughly enjoyed watching the exciting cycling action on display, and the opportunity to visit the National Cycling Centre. We are also supporting Kerrie in the delivery of a number of cycling and fundraising events throughout the year.

KYE WINS GOLD

Kye Whyte claimed gold at round four of the UCL BMX World Cup in Brisbane on Sunday 25 February. Kai trains in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre. With the Olympics on the horizon, our elite facilities are fueling local stars to the top of the podium.

Manchester is pleased to play our part in Kye’s incredible journey, and we would like to say congratulations from Manchester. You can watch highlights of Kye’s race via the link below.

Alternatively, if you fancy a go at BMX, you can find weekly BMX sessions at the National Cycling Centre below also. Only in Manchester can you ride alongside elite gold medal winning talent. #AliveWithSport #PedalMoreIn24

Kye Whyte on track winning Gold in UCL BMX World Cup in Brisbane
Volunteers at National Track Championships

Thanking our Volunteers

Volunteers are often the bedrock of what makes or breaks a successful event. Volunteering can also give people experiences of a lifetime and open up a vast array of opportunities.

We would like to say a massive thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who supported and contributed to a memorable 2024 National Track Championships in Manchester. To learn more about volunteering opportunities in Manchester, visit MCRVIP via the link below

European Capital of Cycling Newsletter – February 2024

Rides for women at Emmeline Pankhurst statue

Manchester Rides for Women

Over 150 cycling women from across Manchester gathered for the fantastic Rides for Women event on a crisp, sunny day on Sunday 3 March as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. The event was delivered by local community cycling organisations Station South and Bee Pedal Ready. Eight women-led cycling groups led feeder rides from different parts of the city, with all the women and eight rides congregating at the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue in the City Centre.

The 150-strong group set off on a bike ride down Oxford Road and around Manchester, taking in Manchester highlights including Platt Fields and Birchfields Park. The group included women and girls of all ages and abilities, and it was great to see everyone riding together with lots of support from bystanders.

In a year where Manchester was crowned European Capital of Cycling, the first city to receive this accolade, it’s great to see the passion and commitment across the city from community cycling groups and dedicated people, especially furthering women and girls who ride or connect with cycling in Manchester – #PedalMoreIn24

National Track Championships – What a weekend in Manchester

In February we were delighted to welcome a talented roster of Olympian, Paralympian and world champion riders to compete for the national champions’ jerseys at the National Track Championships, right here in Manchester.

The high-octane action took place against the backdrop of our world-famous National Cycling Centre following a multi-million pound investment by the City Council to create the UK’s first electric Velodrome.

With Royalty looking on, this event epitomised Manchester’s status as a city alive with sport, in the year when we were also named the very first European Capital of Cycling.

We can’t wait to welcome more events and riders to Manchester this year.

Riders on Velodrome track at National Track Championships in Manchester

Starling Bank Bikes in Manchester

Starling Bank was announced as the first sponsor of the Greater Manchester bike hire scheme. The partnership is the biggest commercial sponsorship deal in Transport for Greater Manchester’s history.

The cycle hire fleet will adopt a new name, Starling Bank Bikes, with bikes bearing the new branding now visible on bikes across the streets of Manchester.

The bikes are available to hire via the Beryl app. New users enjoy a 10-minute free ride on the first Saturday of every month in 2024, and existing users can get a 10% discount on minute bundles EVERY month, using the code SATCYCLE10.

Find out more via the link below, or download the Beryl App and get riding.

Woman riding new Starling Bank hire bike

A Wheely Fun Half-Term in Manchester

Over February Half-Term, we supported Manchester children through the holidays with free cycling activities.

Children attending the half-term camp at Rainbow Surprise, Kingsway Athletic and Improving Young Lives welcomed British Cycling for cycling skills sessions.

The opportunity provided children aged between 5-16 with education on how to stay safe when cycling, while also having fun and learning the skills of how to cycle with a professional.

Some of the children began the session unable to ride a bike, however British Cycling ensured that all the children learned key skills relative to their level and had fun and memorable time whilst at it.

Children taking part in free cycle skills session with British Cycling over half term

Love 2 Ride in Manchester

Love2Ride began an exciting opportunity for Manchester residents to win special prizes.

Every week, Love2Ride are giving away 2 prizes week to keep people motivated to ride. Enjoy a bike ride to enter prize draw number one and go for a transportation ride* to enter prize draw number two!

Don’t miss your chance to be a winner! Download the Love to Ride App and follow the prompt to register for the challenge, or register via the website below.

Love to Ride Challenge bikes

Engaging With the Community

Manchester Active, British Cycling, Cycling UK, Access Sport and Manchester City Council Climate Change held the first European Capital of Cycling community engagement meeting. The meeting featured a wide range of cycling organisations with 14 community representatives from 13 different organisations attending the meeting.

Attendees heard about the process of Manchester becoming the European Capital of Cycling and how they could get involved (through initiatives such as HAF and Active Streets), and about training opportunities available.

Some great conversations took place,  with attendees demonstrating their interest in getting involved and creating connections between the groups. Groups were also encouraged to share their programmes and good news stories and to put forward inspirational ambassadors throughout the year.

Max Trax Has a Grand Day Out

The Place Partnership Team have been supporting Kerrie from Max Trax in her ambition to build a community cycling hub in Openshaw in memory of her son.

Supporters of her work were one of the number of community organisations invited to attend National Track Championships, with 40 members in attendance.

MaxTrax and the community who had the privilege to attend the event thoroughly enjoyed watching the exciting cycling action on display, and the opportunity to visit the National Cycling Centre. We are also supporting Kerrie in the delivery of a number of cycling and fundraising events throughout the year.

Learn more about Max Trax below

Child at National Track Championships holding flag labelled Max Trax

Kye Wins Gold!

Kye Whyte claimed gold at round four of the UCL BMX World Cup in Brisbane on Sunday 25 February. Kai trains in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre. With the Olympics on the horizon, our elite facilities are fueling local stars to the top of the podium.

Manchester is pleased to play our part in Kye’s incredible journey, and we would like to say congratulations from Manchester. You can watch highlights of Kye’s race via the link below.

Alternatively, if you fancy a go at BMX, you can find weekly BMX sessions at the National Cycling Centre below also. Only in Manchester can you ride alongside elite gold medal winning talent. #AliveWithSport #PedalMoreIn24

Kye Whyte on track winning Gold in UCL BMX World Cup in Brisbane

Thanking our Volunteers

Volunteers are often the bedrock of what makes or breaks a successful event. Volunteering can also give people experiences of a lifetime and open up a vast array of opportunities.

We would like to say a massive thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who supported and contributed to a memorable 2024 National Track Championships in Manchester. To learn more about volunteering opportunities in Manchester, visit MCRVIP via the link below

Volunteers at National Track Championships