Today's urban rider was captured during BHS access week at Greater Manchester's Carrington Moss/Dunham Pleasure Ride starting from none other than a industrial estate off Isherwood Road, Carrington on Sunday 31 May 2015. Riders soon turned up on a grey wet morning (typical Manchester weather) to brighten up the location with their highly visible attire. Twenty five riders set off enthusiastically over the moss (a former victorian tip) only to be seen a few hours later after completing 12 miles on a fully marked route.
The riders enjoyed a mostly off road route along local paths and tracks, passing a local horse friendly café at a livery yard en-route and enjoying a section of the Trans Pennine Trail. Some riders were enjoying themselves so much (chatting) they forgot to leave the trail at the designated point and carried on for a further two2 miles along the trail. A quick phone call to the stewards soon put them back on track although they had to retrace their steps, riding an extra four miles or so to follow the route markers.
The final section included the VIP stretch to the car park through the security barriers at Manchester United's training ground entrance allowing a up close view of the lush grass training pitches. Many riders grabbed the chance for a picture outside the impressive entrance but sadly no television cameras that day! A further mile down the road and riders returned to the finish line, the car park where every rider was knighted with a rosette and their steed an apple or two.
All enjoyed a bite to eat and drink from the fabulous catering van to refuel and warm up before re-loading and starting the journey home. Thank you once again to all those who took part and made this a day to remember!