National Cycling Centre
Mon - Friday 07:30 - 22:00
Saturday - Sunday 07:30 - 19:30
Bank Holidays 07:30 - 16:00
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 centre, bikes can be parked for short periods in our lobby area, but still needs locking securely.
Our 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 230 and 231 also pass Sportcity. Alight at the Visitors Centre to Sportcity, and cross Alan Turing Way, to pass through the ASDS Eastlands car park, and cross the Velopark canal bridge. You will see the entrance to 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-under-Lyne Interchange - Service number 216 to Sportcity - journey time 24 minutes.
Alight by City Football Academy, and cross Ashton New Road, to access the National Cycling Centre via the Velopark 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 Etihad Campus 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).