THE Great Manchester Cycle returns on June 29, with 8,000 riders expected to take to the city’s closed roads.

With more than a month still to go until the event, places for the longest distance of 52-miles have now sold out.

The 52-mile distance has traditionally been the most popular route - attracting many regular and club cyclists who can enjoy the chance to ride on traffic free roads.

However, places are still available to take part in the 26 and 13-mile routes.

For further information on the route, event details and how to enter visit