Cheshire Cat Sportive

Velo29 Events

Cheshire Cat Sportive
Medium Route

24 March 2024

HQ – Crewe Alexander FC Crewe CW2 6EB

Parking

Medium and Long Riders: Please park at the Football Club – CW2 6EB

Short Riders: Please park at The University of Buckingham, Crewe Campus – CW15DU.

Stats

Distance: 78.4mi (126.2km)
Elevation: 4517ft (1377m)
Ride Time: 5 – 8 hours
Start: 08:00 – 08:30
Feed 1: Horton 27mi (43.5km)
Feed 2: Goostray 55.1mi (88.7km)
Price: £34.00

In the week before the event from 10am Tuesday until 18:00 Thursday we need you to complete a Pre-Event Questionnaire and book a time slot. ESSENTIAL please.

Please collect rider packs from the HQ on your way to the start line.

 

No entries on the day.

Entries close on Sunday night 1 week before the event.

For any questions relating to Pre-Event Questionnaire or Time Slot Booking email depart@velo29.com

This challenging medium route has plenty to offer the more experienced sportive rider. At 78 miles it has some climbs, some lovley little lanes and a few faster parts to get up to speed and have a blast!

After a steady ‘roll out’ from Crewe Alexandra Football Club, you find yourself meandering around quiet country lanes of Cheshire, warming your legs up for the first challenge of the day, Mow Cop after just 20 miles. From Mow Cop we rapidly descending into Biddulph before….another pretty challening to Biddulph Moor.

Here we find the 1st of 2 Medium route feeds, Horton is stocked as your breakfast feed with some great pastry snacks, carb bars, High5 and a hot brew.

We reamin quite high as we head towards Meerbrook and the highest point on the course (Gun Hill Road) at 355m which we crest after 54km.

This part of the course is really stunning as we head down and then sharply back up to Barlow Hill, a climb that is 10% in places, all the way up to the 344m summit.

From here it pretty much is all down hill! After 88km we reach the biggest feed stop of the year at Goostrey Sports Pavillion where we enjoy a famous Velo29 FULL FAT FEED!

Fresh sranies, park pies, sausage rolls, flap jack, brownies, as much High5 as you can handle and of course, a hot brew!

From Goostrey we go easy on you, bringing you back into the rolling countryside of Cheshire for a steady spin into Crewe where you will be greeted by an atmospheric finish line, offering free post ride erdinger alkoholfrei and BBQ Sausage Bun to enjoy whilst celabrating an awesome day out with your new finishers medal!

Entry

Entry is now open for the 2023 Cheshire Cat Sportive!!

Rider Manual

Maps

GPX

Right-click and Save.

ride timing logo

Get your rider times, free certificates and event images here.

View the Other Routes

Sponsors

Claimsline sponsor logo light version
High5 Sports Nutrition logo light
Erdinger Alkoholfrei sponsor logo light

A Beginner’s Guide to Sportive Riding

What to Expect in a Velo29 Sportive