How to get involved


The Rapha and Ambitious about Autism Manchester to London Challenge consists of a 220-mile parcours stretching the spine of the country. Below you will find the route files and detailed information about the route, the feed stations and the support that will be provided. The route is fully signed and feed stations will have mechanics present should you need them.

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The Route

The route takes riders down the spine of the country, moving through the Peak District, Midlands, and the Chilterns on the way to London. This route offers varied terrain, quiet roads, and stunning views. The feed stations are positioned every 50 miles or so, allowing for regular refreshments of locally sourced food and drink. The final leg of the journey skirts across the northern side of the capital and down into East London, to finish at the Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford. The roads are predominately low-traffic country lanes, and are fully signposted throughout.

From the Rapha Blog

  1. From Manchester to London

    Words: | Photography: Wig Worland | Date:

    Rapha hosted the inaugural Manchester to London Challenge, an event that saw 136 riders complete a 220-mile trip over the Peaks, through the Midlands and into London in just one day, raising funds for Ambitious about Autism. Here Emma Osenton, the route’s designer, and Simon Mottram, Rapha CEO, share their thoughts on completing the ride, followed by a video of the day’s action.

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  2. Manchester to London Results 2014

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    The results are in after Sunday’s Manchester To London ride, and it appears that the North are, on average, three minutes slower than their friends from the South. A more in-depth round-up of the day will follow shortly, but until then here are the day’s results. As always, we’d like to thank the marshals, mechanics and medics who did so much to make the day run so smoothly, and the riders who raised money for Ambitious About Autism.

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  3. The Road More Travelled

    Words: David Harmon | Photography: Elliot Jones | Date:

    There is a part of me that eschews gadgets and gizmos, rejects outright the reliance of riders on Garmins, Strava and even at times on the humble map. A belligerent part of me instinctively bridles at the facility of these devices to control me and take away my freedom to sit up, look about, and enjoy the journey rather than the efficiencies of getting there.

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