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Rapha Cycling Club Manchester

Summer solstice in rain city

For three years members of the Rapha Cycling Club's Manchester chapter have been celebrating the summer solstice with their 'Longest Day ride': a 200km foray into the Peak District packing in just under 3,000m of elevation.

"Rolling through the city centre as the revellers are heading home does something weird to your body – everybody else is asleep and you know you should be, too” says chapter coordinator Joe Cox.

Starting at the Manchester Clubhouse at 03:00am for a 03:30am roll-out, the group headed east towards Snakes Pass to catch the sunrise, then looped back to the clubhouse via the scenic village of Bakewell.

The Rapha Cycling Club hosts regular rides for its members in chapters around the world, with many organised by members themselves.

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