Ambassador Danny Franks’ Tour de Manc, taking place in Forever Manchester Week on Sunday 12th June has sold out!
The event, which will see 100 keen cyclists cycle through the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester that Forever Manchester funds will be raising money for Forever Manchester and HaTS Charity.
If you’ve signed up already and wish to get the fundraising ball rolling, use our handy JustGiving guide to get set up online.
We caught up with Danny Franks to find out more about his event…
Forever Manchester: What is the Tour de Manc?
Danny Franks: The Tour de Manc is a bike ride going through all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. It’s probably the toughest bike ride in Manchester and it will certainly be a challenge for those taking part.
FM: What made you want to create the 100-mile cycling challenge?
DF: After seeing the Tour de Yorkshire a couple of years back, I thought that the Tour de Manchester would be a great challenge for those living in Manchester who wanted to ride a tough route in and around Greater Manchester.
FM: You did a “test run” of the course last year. How did you find it?
DF: It was bloody tough. I had family and friends support me around the route which really helped. I was pretty exhausted after the ride but really happy that I had completed it.
FM: What are your favourite sights on the ‘Tour de Manc’ course?
DF: So many! Passing by Old Trafford, the view from Werneth Low looking north towards Ramsbottom (where I was going to be later in the day), riding through Upper Mill was lovely and then though the small villages of Delph & Denshaw, the view looking back to Manchester from Huddersfield Road up near Diggle is fantastic and the views from Birtle looking back over Manchester towards Werneth Low was brilliant as I could see the route I had taken and where I had come from. There were several interesting areas I passed through and I hope that the riders will enjoy the route we’ve got for them this year.
We also caught up with Danny to ask him some super serious questions about the Tour de Manc…
Danny, would you rather…
Wear lycra through the Arndale or do the Tour de Manc in jeans?
Wear lycra through the Arndale
Have Bradley Wiggins’ sideburns or shave your head?
Bradley Wiggins’ sideburns
Be in the sprint final at the velodrome or a favourite in the Tour de France’s final stage?
Be a favourite in the Tour de Franks… sorry France final stage.
Be able to cycle everywhere fast or be able to fly?
Cycle everywhere fast
Have to listen to Nickleback all the way around the Tour de Manc or do it on a unicycle?
Thinking what would be less painful…probably listening to Nickleback (quietly).
If you aren’t a keen cyclist but would like to help the team on the day, please email our Events and Volunteers Officer, Cheryl Hill on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. There’s something for everyone, including course assistant, drinks stop leader, physio help, kitchen volunteers and more.