The 2014 Manchester to London Challenge, is an individual one-day event, organised by Rapha to raise money for Ambitious about Autism.
On the 7th of September riders will have a predawn start from the Manchester Velodrome and make their way through the heart of England on a 210-mile journey to the Olympic Velodrome in London, finishing before midnight.
Riders will ride down the spine of the country, taking in quintessentially British villages, with occasional stops for sustenance. Setting off at dawn from the home of British cycling they’ll head down through the Peaks, rising above Snakes Pass to then skirt past Chatsworth House. Once out of the arduous Peaks they’ll head into the steel country of the midlands, where British steel production provided the catalyst for the rise of great British bicycle makers like Mercian, Raleigh, Pashley and near forgotten marques like Hercules and Rudge-Whitworth. On their final approach to London riders will enter the Chilterns, known for short and steep topography with head-high hedgerows and twisty lanes. One last top up of food to get us through to the east side of London, where we are greeted by the site of the Olympic Park which witnessed so much British success in 2012.