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The mountain bike events will take place on the slopes of Rivington Pike, near Horwich, whilst the road race course circumnavigates the Upper and Lower Rivington Reservoirs.

The Pike is a famous local landmark, with its beacon, first built to warn of the invasion of the Spanish Armada and restored during the Napoleonic Wars.

In later years, William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, built a residence there; Roynton Cottage. The first cottage, a wooden structure, was burned down by suffragettes in 1913, ironically, as the Viscount was a supporter of womens' suffrage. It was replaced by a fine stone mansion set in gardens built to Italian, Japanese and Chinese designs.

Sadly, the second Viscount showed no interest in the property and it fell into decline, being largely demolished shortly after the end of the Second World War.

It is amongst the ruins of this wonderful estate that the athletes will compete.

Free event start times
27 July - 09.30 women's road time trial
27 July - 12.15 men's road time trial
29 July - 10.00 women's cross-country mountain bike
29 July - 13.00 men's cross-country mountain bike
03 Aug - 09.00 women's road race
03 Aug - 13.00 men's road race

Detailed public information
Cycling information
printer friendly pdf version of maps

Street address

Rivington Lane

Nearest railway station:

Horwich Parkway Station (next to Bolton Arena)

Bus routes

Bolton to Horwich 575
Chorley to Horwich 125/126
Wigan/Leigh to Horwich 516
Wigan to Horwich 615
Shuttle buses will operate from Bolton Arena to the Squirrel pub (it is a 10-15 minute walk from the Squirrel pub to the start/finish area and spectator viewing/picnic area)


Rank outside - Horwich Parkway Station

Catering outlet payment methods

Cash only

Merchandise outlet payment methods

Cash, Mastercard, Visa, most debit cards such as Switch or Delta, personal cheques with guarantee card. Programme sales will be cash only.

Venue hours

Time trials, Saturday 27 July 2002 - 09:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs

The following roads will be closed or have restricted access on the times below:

00:00 hrs - 19:00 hrs Old Wills Lane
02:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs Rivington Lane
07:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs Sheep House Lane, Sparks Bridge, Alance Bridge, 'Yarrow Dam' Roadd, Anglezarke Dam Road, Lane Ends, Nickleton Brow, New Road, A673 Bolton Road, Scholes Bank, Lever Park Ave, Dryfield Lane

Mountain bike, Monday 29 July 2002 - 10:00 hrs to 16:30 hrs

The following roads will be closed or have restricted access on the times below:
04:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs Old Wills Lane
07:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs Rivington Lane, Lever Park Ave, Georges Lane, Roynton Road, Green Lane

Road races Saturday 03 August 2002 - 09:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs

Same times and road closures apply for the road races event as noted above for the time trials event

Venue features

No seating available. Capacity for 20,000 at spectator viewing areas adjacent to the start/finish area, the spectator picnic area and areas along the cycle course

There are a number of public houses along the course route for Rivington events which will be open: The Yew Tree, The Millstone, The Bay Horse, Rivington Lower Barn, Rivington Village Tea House, Rivington Upper Barn


Street parking is available outside road closure areas

General venue rules

The venue is a public area so usual regulations and laws must be followed

Services for disabled spectators

  • Guide dogs are permitted in all areas

  • Disabled patrons may enter through the main entrance to the venue

  • There are accessible toilets

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