As it’s the end of September, it’s now starting to get dark on Critical Mass, though we began in the daylight. There were showers earlier in the day, but by the evening it had dried up to a pleasant, if slightly cool evening.

Numbers were pretty good, though there was a lack of soundsystems this month. Initially thinking this might make Critical Mass a bit subdued, in the end there was actually a pretty good atmosphere.

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Heading out of Albert Square

We headed out of St Peter’s Square down Lloyd Street as usual, taking a right to go along Cross Street, carefully avoiding the new tram tracks. From there, we took a right up King Street towards Spring Gardens and headed for New York Street.

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Avoiding the tram tracks on Cross Street

We turned left out of New York Street onto Portland Street, passing through a busy Piccadilly and onto Newton Street. From there, we took another left and rode through Stevenson Square.

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Waiting on Portland Street

We crossed Oldham Street and headed down a lively Thomas Street, then took a left onto High Street. We did a U-turn at the Church Street junction and headed for Shudehill, where we took a left towards Withy Grove.

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Heading along Thomas Street

Crossing over Corporation Street, we rode between the Corn Exchange and the National Football Museum, then along Chethams, taking a left at Victoria Station. We continued down Hunts Bank and headed for Deansgate.

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Waiting behind traffic on Hunts Bank

We rode along a busy and lively Deansgate until we got to Peter Street, where we took a left and continued onto Oxford Road. From there, we went onto Chepstow Street and Great Bridgewater Street. We continued through the tunnels under Manchester Central and headed straight onto Liverpool Road.

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Outside the old Odeon on Oxford Road

We headed for Castlefield Arena where the ride finished and Fire Jam greeted us with music and fire/LED displays. Overall a very enjoyable Critical Mass and the last of the year in starting in daylight. Looking forward to next month’s Halloween ride, which is always special.

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Arriving at Castlefield Arena

 

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