Macclesfield Bikeathon 2011

Now in it's 7th year, the Macclesfield Bikeathon returns in 2011 on Sunday 15th May.

This will be my 4th time completing the Bikeathon. It's a brilliant sportive, really friendly atmosphere and good marshalling. It has the ambience of a small, homemade sportive while comfortably having easily enough riders on course so you are never on your own either.

This year they've added in a 26 mile option which joins 52, 36 and 16 miles. The 36 is a totally flat course around South Cheshire and is perfect if you're an amateur taking part in sportives for the first time, especially a good warm up for Manchester to Blackpool later on in the year.

The 52 miles is a nice course. The hills are all in the first 20 miles, you climb out of Macclesfield onto the Peaks around Wincle. These are brilliant roads with great views. You then re-join the longer courses around the back end of Goostrey, stopping at Jodrell Bank before heading along Lower Withington and Siddington back home.

You get free sandwiches at the end and the square has a band on with a good atmosphere. Well worth getting involved.

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