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Get ready for the ride of your life and join hundreds of marvellous ladies on a 50km or 100km cycle through Manchester at night for Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Whether you sign up solo or bring your team, you'll make hundreds of new friends, get the greatest experience of Manchester possible and most importantly, make a massive impact in the battle against women's cancers.
It's time to show cancer who's boss
We’ll get you ready and raring to go with entertainment, motivational music, speeches and an energising warm-up. Then it's time to set off in waves for your chosen route. Cycling past loads of spectacular Manchester landmarks, you’ll light up the city with your bright pink Ride the Night vests and the sparkling Women V Cancer spirit.
Over the last ten years, thousands of inspiring women have cycled through London at night and raised millions of pounds for Breast Cancer Now, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. In 2024, with two iconic cities, we hope to get even more people involved and make an even bigger difference for our Women V Cancer charities at a time when they need it most.
Add some sparkle to your cycle - the brighter the better!
Nothing raises spirits and motivation more than a bit of sparkle, so why not pimp up your ride with pink accessories?
Our Ride the Night warriors come dressed up in all sorts, from flamingo helmet hats and tutus to superhero capes, fairy lights and even Where's Wally costumes!
Come dressed in anything, providing you can cycle safely for the whole night!
Check in to Ride the Night Manchester 2024 from 6 pm-8.00 pm at our start/finish venue in Manchester. Collect your free pink high-visibility vest, drop any stuff you don't need for your cycle at our secure Bag Drop and your bike at our bike racking station, and head to the pasta party tent for your free pasta supper.
We'll get you all feeling the power with motivational speeches, music and warm-ups, so by the time our first wave of cyclists sets off at 9 pm, you’ll be raring to go!
Take this time to relax and make new friends, before you're called to your start wave. Soak up the exciting atmosphere, meet reps from Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action at the charity stalls, and check out the various stalls and vans for Ride the Night merch and refreshments for you and your supporters to purchase.
Don't forget to take loads of photos and share them on Facebook and Instagram, with hundreds of you all dressed up in pink and crazy outfits.
We set you off in groups of around 75 women at two-minute intervals to take on either a 50km or a 100km route around Manchester, depending on which you choose.
You can select your start time when booking your place for the challenge (9.00 pm, 9.30 pm, 10 pm or 10.30 pm). Each start wave has a limited number of spaces, and these will fill up super-fast, so please register early to secure your preferred start time.
Our routes aren't finalised yet, but they will be circular, all on tarmac and clearly sign-posted, so there's no way you'll get lost. Both routes will take you past loads of famous Manchester landmarks and we'll have marshals peppered along the way to cheer you on and guide you in the right direction.
Along the routes, there'll be Feed Stations with a variety of tasty, free snacks and drinks (vegan and gluten-free options available) to keep you energised throughout the challenge. Each Feed Station will also have first aid support, bike mechanics and toilet facilities.
Finishing back at our start venue, we'll cheer you across the finish line and present you with your shiny Ride the Night Manchester 2024 medal. There'll also be hot drinks and a warming breakfast available to buy before you make your way home.
Remember, Ride the Night Manchester 2024 is not a race! Women V Cancer is non-competitive to the core and there are no event timings. Faster cyclists may complete Ride the Night Manchester in five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to nine hours. The cut-off time is 7 am on Sunday morning, but no one will be left behind, as we’ll have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraise the minimum sponsorship target for the Women V Cancer charities.
Minimum sponsorship target
Ride the Night Manchester 2024 is designed for women from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to get fit for and push themselves out of their comfort zone to raise funds for people facing cancer.
Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) or 50km (approx. 31 miles) in one night is a mighty challenge, but it’s achievable if you train.
Many women who take part in this special charity bike ride will have a low fitness level when they sign up. Ride the Night Manchester 2024 is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, whilst raising funds for three amazing charities.
Take it from one of our wonderful Ride the Night London past participants, Joanne:
"Come on ladies, I did the 100km challenge and I'd never been on a bike before I signed up. You have people cheering you all the way around and an absolutely fantastic feeling when you finish! I will definitely do it again! When I signed up, I was the same as everyone else, like "sure I can do this," but as the time got closer, I started to question why I had entered - but I'm so glad I did!
The money you raise funds the vital work of our three Women V Cancer charities who are raising awareness, providing support and funding research into breast, ovarian and cervical cancers. If you’d like to know more about how each charity is making a difference for women affected by cancer, visit their websites below.
Breast Cancer Now
Registered charity no 1160558 (England and Wales) and SC045584 (Scotland) and 1200 (Isle of Man).
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Registered charity no. 1133542 (England and Wales) and SC041236 (Scotland)
Ovarian Cancer Action
Registered charity no. 1109743 (England and Wales) and SC043478 (Scotland)
To take part in this amazing Women V Cancer charity bike ride, we ask you to fundraise a minimum of £199 by Friday 16th August 2024 (6 weeks before the event), so that your challenge can make a difference for people facing cancer at an extremely tough time.
The money you raise is split evenly between our three charities and will go a long way to help them continue their vital work...
£30 could buy a bottle of specialist dye to stain cancer cells so that Ovarian Cancer Action’s researchers can study them with a microscope.
£100 can enable Breast Cancer Now to send out another 1,000 leaflets to GPs to promote breast checking and inform them about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
£500 will enable Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to provide a weekend of training to two new Helpline volunteers supporting hundreds of women.
Join the 500 club!
If you raise £500 or more by Friday 16th August 2024, you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey.
The registration fee and event costs (included in the sponsorship target) cover:
The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the three charities. We, therefore, encourage you to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
Please see below the draft routes for both distances. The route will lead you through some of Manchester's most iconic sites. Get ready to soak in the city's rich culture and history as you pass by:
For those of you who are looking to conquer 100 km of cycling euphoria, check out the route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43826452 This 100.6 km route features 623 meters of climbing, taking you through awe-inspiring landscapes and hidden gems of Manchester, making it a journey you won't soon forget!
If you are taking our 50 km option your equally thrilling adventure is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43931784 Covering 49.4 km with 366 meters of climbing, this route offers the perfect balance of excitement and accomplishment, ideal for riders of all levels.
We're afraid men can't participate in this Women V Cancer challenge. However, they are more than welcome to join the cause as a Ride Maker (aka. Ride the Night Manchester volunteer). We'll have a range of roles for everyone, from supervising the bike racks to helping out at registration or the rest stops and more.
We're on the lookout for volunteers for Women V Cancer Ride the Night Manchester 2024, so if you want to join the cause but can't commit to the challenge, this is an awesome way to get involved.
We have a range of Ride Maker roles for men and women, from helping out at registration to supervising the bike racks to supplying riders with well-deserved snacks, refreshments and hot drinks at feed stations — and the list goes on! Please fill out this registration form to let us know you're interested in being a Ride Maker and we'll contact you closer to the event date.
Ride Maker Registration – https://forms.gle/63XoMBU1iUBymSCAA
We're also looking for experienced female cyclists, with Breeze or equivalent qualifications, to support on the night as Ride Angels. The role is voluntary, but it will involve taking part in the challenge free of charge. Responsibilities will include fixing punctures, marshalling and supporting anyone who is struggling.
If you are interested in joining us as a Ride Angel, please choose which distance you would like to volunteer for and complete the form let us know.
Ride Angel Registration – https://forms.gle/Z9i5wyGq5EcQpVVN8
If you are planning to use public transport, there are a few train stations you may use.
- Clifton - approximately 20 minutes cycle.
- Mills Hill (Manchester) – approximately 27 minutes cycle.
- Moston – approximately 27 minutes cycle.
Driving may be the best way to get there, and we are delighted to be able to provide all participants free parking through to Sunday.
Access to the car park is from Sheepfoot Lane A6044, only a 5 minute drive from junction 19 on the M60.
Heaton Park, Sheepfoot Lane Car Park
You need to be 18 years old or over to take part in Ride the Night Manchester 2024. There's no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about Women V Cancer Ride the Night Manchester 2024 is that it brings adults of all ages and from all cycles of life together for one incredible cause.
16 and 17-year-olds may participate if given permission by the event organisers. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01590 646410 (Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm) and we'll be happy to help.
Of course! You are more than welcome to use an electric bike. Please be aware that our mechanics on the night are unlikely to be able to help with any mechanical issues specific to electric bikes, other than what you could experience on a non-electric bike. You should also consider how long your electric bike will have power over 100 km or 50 km, but also consider the length of time you will be riding if you are using the motor intermittently.
You need to bring your own bike and a cycling helmet is essential. It is also essential that you have front and rear lights fitted on your bike. Please bring spare batteries too. We provide bike mechanics but do ask that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike, should you get a puncture on the challenge.
The cycle route is mostly on road, so we recommend using a road or hybrid bike. If you plan to use a mountain bike we would advise fitting road tyres for the challenge. You are also more than welcome to use an electric bike or a handbike. We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problem.
It is vital that you follow the Highway Code throughout the challenge and please note that there will not be road closures for the event.
The route is well lit and on quieter roads wherever possible - however once you arrive in central Manchester, there will be traffic and you should be confident to deal with this.
We recommend that you don't ride alone at any part of the challenge. However, don't be afraid of signing up solo - we have a Lone Riders Facebook group and meet-up on the night, so you can cycle with fellow Ride the Night superheroes. We'll send you the link to the Facebook group once you've signed up to the challenge.
We also ask that you respect the local residents along the route and keep noise levels to a minimum.
It is very important that you are visible to road users. We will provide you with a free Women V Cancer Ride the Night high-vis vest to wear on the challenge.
It is essential that you have working front and rear bicycle lights for the duration of the challenge and that you bring spare batteries for them. We recommend that you wear additional high-vis clothing.
There will be bike mechanics at the start of the challenge, at all of the rest stops and roaming mechanics along the route. We recommend servicing your bike before the challenge and that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike.
We cannot insure your bicycle on this challenge, so please make sure your bicycle is covered on your home contents insurance or that you take out a specialist bicycle cover.
Ride the Night Manchester 2024 is a hugely important fundraising event for our three crucial Women V Cancer charities. Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action have invested a lot of money in essential event costs, including your participation, trusting that everyone who has registered for the challenge will take part and do their very best to fundraise or donate a minimum of £199 by Friday 16th August 2024 (6 weeks before the event).
Without your support, our incredible Women V Cancer charities may lose out on the vital funds they need to continue to help those facing cancer.
If you don't think you'll be able to fundraise in time, you have several options:
If you choose to transfer to next year's event or another challenge, please call us on 01590 646410 (Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm) or email us at email@example.com as soon as possible so that we can arrange this for you.
It's all done automatically through your fundraising page so you don't need to do anything. To add offline donations to your fundraising page please visit: https://help.enthuse.com/en/articles/8255731-adding-offline-donations-to-personal-and-team-fundraising-pages
Yes! We are delighted to be able to offer all participants free parking at the start and finish venue. Although we have enough for everyone, we want to make the smallest impact we can to local congestion and air pollution. Consider sharing a ride or using public transport.
Access to the car park is from Sheepfoot Lane A6044, only a 5 minute drive from junction 19 on the M60.
Heaton Park, Sheepfoot Lane Car Park
Yes, if you would like to stay in the area on Friday night before the challenge or once you complete your challenge on Saturday night, there are several hotels nearby for a variety of budgets. Click here for a list of some hotels nearby with pricing and location relative to Heaton Park.
We recommend you book your room early to get a better rate. It’s also worth checking that you have a free cancellation option or purchase insurance for your booking in case you need to cancel your stay.
Of course! All Ride the Night Manchester warriors can pick up a free pasta supper from our Pasta Party in the event village at Heaton Park. There will be somewhere for supporters to buy something between 18:00 and 22:30 and from 05:00 on Sunday morning.