minute scramble to find alternative transport for the return journey after being banned from trains owned by Northern Rail and First TransPennine Express.
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"I feel this is a massive missed opportunity for the train companies to support this event. Far from helping, they're actually saying they don't want to be associated with it."
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"By making this announcement now, we aim to give cyclists time to arrange alternative transport rather than end up stranded."
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Edith Rodgers, customer services director at the rail firm, said: "We do apologise for any inconvenience caused to cyclists, but after reviewing the crowded situation last year we, as with other train operating companies, believe this restriction is the best way to ensure passenger safety.
She said: "The Blackpool bike ride is an extremely successful event which benefits our charity so we are looking forward to a good turn out of riders enjoying taking part this year.
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Graeme Sherriff, transport campaign co ordinator at Manchester Friends of the Earth, said it was 'a shame' the firms seemed unwilling to transport fund raisers.
Thousands of cyclists hoping to take part in one of the north west's biggest charity bike events have been banned from taking the train home.
Two rail firms have brought in a one day bike ban that prevents fundraisers in Sunday's Manchester to Blackpool ride from boarding trains in the seaside town.
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A spokeswoman for Northern Rail said: "On Sunday, large numbers of people are expected to travel so we are unable to cater for a lot of bikes.
Ted Gordon, 23, from Stockport, who is taking part in the ride for the 10th time this year, said: "This is one of the biggest charity events and it is also for the Christie, a charity that is close to many people's hearts.
The annual event celebrating its 25th anniversary this year raises tens of thousands of pounds for the Christie hospital. Around 7,500 riders take part each year.
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"Coaches for the riders and trucks for their bikes are provided every year to take cyclists from Blackpool in the morning to the start line and throughout the afternoon to return Manchester riders back home after they finish the ride."
"We are also limited by how many bicycles we are able to carry on board, meaning we would not be able to accommodate the expected increase in those travelling.
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