Leaving Manchester via the fringes of Bolton, we will salute the Ironmen and Women who have the big event in this northern industrial landscape.
The route then hits the hills ahead of Darwen, hoping to get a clear view of Lancashire from the Jubilee Tower.
Then it is on to Blackburn Cathedral via a quick tour of Ewood Park, home to Blackburn Rovers and on the route at mile 22.5.
Jubilee Tower, Darwen
Dress Code: MAMIL or any variation on the theme of Lycra or Blackburn Rovers.
Audio: The novels of Mrs Gaskell
Fuel: Hot Pot
Overnight: Willows, Blackburn