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Cheshire Cobbled Classic

05/10/2014 - Wilmslow Leisure Centre - Sportive

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The V-Sprint 'Cheshire Cobbled Classic' is an extremely tough 105 km (65-mile) sportive, inspired by the Tour of Flanders - the Belgian one-day Classic. It features twelve cobbled sectors, including five cobbled climbs that exceed 20% in gradient. The most notable of these is the frighteningly steep Corkscrew, a twisting, snaking cobbled road whose 45% maximum gradient makes it the steepest climb in the country (see photo above).

There are also two long flat cobbled sectors (something of a rarity in England), which, even more unusually, are surfaced with round cobbles rather than the more common square cobblestones or 'setts'.

The eastern half of the Cheshire Cobbled Classic is located within the Peak District National Park and takes in the spectacular Goyt Valley and the Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. The route contains a significant amount of climbing - roughly 1800m in total - and the event builds to a climax on the iconic Swiss Hill, a 25% cobbled climb in Alderley Edge, which is used by Team Sky to prepare specifically for the Tour of Flanders. The profile of Swiss Hill can be viewed here.

The event will have a Belgian theme, with a variety of Belgian foods, chocolates, and a glass of Belgian beer for every finisher. Feed stations, a broom wagon and medical support will be provided. There is also the option of a shorter 65 km (40-mile) route, which skips sectors 5, 6 and 7, but is otherwise the same as the full 105 km route. All of the roads used on the route are relatively traffic-free.

The Cheshire Cobbled Classic will be held on Sunday 5 October 2014, starting and finishing at Wilmslow Leisure Centre, Rectory Fields, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 1BU. Entries are priced at £25. You can sign up using British Cycling's online entry system - click on the red 'ENTER' button to the left of this page. The event is promoted by V-Sprint Classics, who organized the recent Tour of the Black Country, a Paris-Roubaix-inspired sportive featuring 15 unpaved/cobbled sectors and a velodrome finish, and the Strade-Bianche-themed White Roads Classic which features 9 white gravel/chalk sectors.

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Wilmslow Leisure Centre
Address Line 2 Station Road
Town Wilmslow
County Cheshire
Postcode SK9 1BU
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Francis Longworth
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County Antrim

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