The National Cycling Centre
Arriving by bike
The Ashton Canal provides a traffic-free route for cyclists from Manchester city centre and Ashton to the Velopark. We have covered bike sheds close to reception for visitors, but you need to bring your own high security lock. If you are just visiting the cafe, bikes can be parked for short periods in our lobby area, but still needs locking securely. If you are here for a few hours, why not book your bike into Evans Cycles, the pro bike shop next door to the Velopark cafe for a service or upgrade? Phone them in advance for availability on 0161 223 6589.
Our new footbridge crosses the Ashton canal, which is National Route 60, so there are a number of off road routes you can use, some of them only suitable in daylight hours.
Cycling in Manchester
Here you'll find everything you need to know about cycling in your area of Greater Manchester, from maps and route planning to local events and news, on theTfGM Website
From Manchester City Centre
Piccadilly Gardens (Stop D) Service number 216 to Sportcity - journey time 10 minutes.
Service numbers 235 and 237 also pass Sportcity. Alight at the Visitors Centre to Sportcity, and cross Alan Turing Way, to pass through the Asda Walmart car park, and cross the Stuart Street canal bridge. You will see the entrance to the National Cycling Centre on your right, after crossing the bridge.
If you are attending a major event, then you need to go to the main spectator entrance, which is just past the service road to car park 10.
From Ashton under Lyne
From Ashton Bus Station - Service number 216 to Sportcity - journey time 24 minutes.
Alight by MCFC Training ground, and cross Ashton New Road, to access the NCC via the Velodpark canal bridge. You will see the entrance to the National Cycling Centre in front of you, after crossing the bridge.
The Metrolink has been extended to Droylsden and stops at Sportcity and at our own Metrolink Station - Velopark for National Cycling Centre. Trams to and from Velopark every 12 minutes, or every 15 minutes after 1700 on Sundays.
Please note that with the opening of the BMX centre all spectator parking for large scale events will now be at The Etihad Campus, Gate 2 in the Blue Car Parks. It is a 10 minute walk away. A map showing the location of spectator parking is available here.
Parking for disabled spectators on site is limited, parking will be for blue badge holders only and must be arranged prior to the event by telephoning 0161 223 2244 (option3).