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Wiggle Cheshire Cat 2014

23/03/2014 - Crewe, Cheshire - Sportive

Rating: 70.7% based on 3 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 71.4% based on 130 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 39.960%

wrote:

COMPLETE AND UTTER MAYHEM AT THE START AND FINISH SPOILED A GREAT EVENT AND ENJOYABLE DAY ! GAVE UP WAITING FOR A MEDAL AND GOODY BAG AFTER 45 MINS OF STANDING IN A STATIC QUEUE , EVEN THOUGH I MADE IT UP MOW COP !!!!!!
WILL BE EXPECTING A REFUND OR FREE ENTRY INTO NEXT YEARS EVENT !!
ONLY THE OUTRIDERS AND VOLUNTEERS DESERVE A PAT ON THE BACK !!


Rated Event: 31.080%

wrote:

Good way to make money but not value for money. Feed stations not up to much if that was a cordon bleue meal at the end you should sack the chef Why can`t you get results within 24 hours technology is good enough these days, like many could not be bothered with queuing again at end for results medal goody bag ; enjoyed my mates company but could have done a long sunday ride anyway


Rated Event: 51.060%

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Pack didn't arrive in post - had to queue and pick up on the day. Very poor organisation at start - queued for more than an hour to get through the start. Food stations had just High5, cake and bannanas .... couldn't buy a sandwich/"real" food.

The 100mile route itself was a tough challenge..... at least it didn't rain !


Rated Event: 46.620%

wrote:

Far too much queing,start and finish organisation very poor.


Rated Event: 46.620%

wrote:

As per other comments - start and finish was a joke. We set off without going through the start timer as refused to que for up to an hour. Also when finished at 2pm there were huge queues for goodie bags and medals. I also feel cheated out of £32 as no goodie bag and no time - although I do appreciate this was my choice not to waste 2 hours queuing for the start and finish!!!!


Rated Event: 34.410%

wrote:

COMPLETE AND UTTER MAYHEM AT THE START AND FINISH SPOILED A GREAT EVENT AND ENJOYABLE DAY ! GAVE UP WAITING FOR A MEDAL AND GOODY BAG AFTER 45 MINS OF STANDING IN A STATIC QUEUE , EVEN THOUGH I MADE IT UP MOW COP !!!!!!
WILL BE EXPECTING A REFUND OR FREE ENTRY INTO NEXT YEARS EVENT !!
ONLY THE OUTRIDERS AND VOLUNTEERS DESERVE A PAT ON THE BACK !


Rated Event: 58.830%

wrote:

Course great, signage great , feed stations great. Start queue dreadful, after 45 mins and hardly moving we gave up and just went so no official results for us. Big queues at the end for goodies which we didn't wait around for either. Too many entrants to cope with. Several bikes (including ours) got written off by the car park exit height restriction barrier. Come on KilotoGo, do something about this! We won't be back sadly.


Rated Event: 55.500%

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The pre-race blurb stated that there would be no queues as the new system meant no need to register on the day - just turn up and ride. I waited for over an hour and was freezing by the time I started. The helmet timing strips were a joke with you having no idea if they were working or not.
I'll take a lot of persuading to do this again or recommend it unless the organisers can guarantee better strting and finishing arrangements.


Rated Event: 55.500%

wrote:

What was the Start & Finish all about, come on for £32.00 per head Kilo to Go must be able to arrange it better. 22,000 riders will take part during the Tour of Flanders ride on Sat 1st April, their will be some delay at the beginning but nothing like the Cheshire Cat. I can understand why people said forget it and set off and timed their own ride. Nevertheless, it's not fair we pay a lot of money. I understand you cannot control everything but I'm starting to get the feeling that the sportive world especially the bigger events are no longer about the Sport, enjoyment, and more about making profit. The second feed station was poorly dealt with and I believe will have done a lot of damage for cycling in the area with I suspect quite a few complaints coming from local residents. Why no marshals to funnel riders into the feed areas and get them off the road.


Rated Event: 60.000%

Richardgelman wrote:

I have ridden the Cheshire Cat for the last 4 years and this was the worst organised.
I arrived at 8.30am for the start time, as no signing in. I then had to wait 1hour in the cold before I started. This is not the best preparation for riding 100 miles.
The finish was just as bad, so much so that I did not bother waiting to collect my certificate nor any food. The wait from information received was again about an hour.
The food available at feed stations was very poor compared with other rides, or previous Cheshire Cat events. If this is what happens when Wiggle become involved, it does not asay much for Wiggle.


Rated Event: 49.950%

wrote:

Enjoyed the ride (on the whole), but was left feeling let down by poor organisation and the feeling that what used to be a great local sportive (I rode the first one a few years ago) has become far too big and money-oriented. The start and finish problems are well documented so I won't reiterate my own feelings, but I and a friend were introducing our partners to sportive riding and they would not ride this event again. Nuff said! Having said all that, the food was ok and the post-ride massages were brilliant - can't understand why there wasn't a queue for that. One last point - it would have been nice to see our results online on Sunday evening - other events manage it so why can't Kilotogo?


Rated Event: 59.940%

wrote:

For a professional experienced company to put on such a badly organised event is a real surprise. Ridiculous queues at the start left everyone freezing (those that could be bothered to wait) and there was even a queue to reach the finish line at the end. My third Cat on the bounce and definitely my last.


Rated Event: 33.300%

wrote:

The start/finish was nothing more than a joke. How they ever thought they were going to get 3000 people through a start funnel in groups of 20 in 90 mins is beyond me. I ended up bailing the start all together. The finish was just as bad. I feel cheated out of £32 as I got no time, no goodie bag, no certificate and no medal. It's an embarrassment for Cheshire.


Rated Event: 68.820%

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1) Timing stations at end end of course,carnage to get helmet in range of scanners,cost me 5mins,and gold status(sulking] Plus my wife,chasing the Silver standard[sulking even more].2} Why have timing standards,to please those who like the challenge?,and then turn it into nothing more than a charity ride by setting everyone of together!! 3}On the same subject,and not wanting to sound sexist-surely ther should have been Time bands for age groups and seperate Female standards.4}Very dangerous at times out on course,due to merging routes and less experienced\competitive cyclists.To many cyclists out on route. Think i have whinged enough,there was some good points about the event,which considering how annoyed so many people were,them points have been acknowledged,my own highlight was the MAVIC service team,ver professional. But then again,all them negatives.Please take as constructive critique,dontmix your goals,leave charity rides to charity organisations-i await eagerly for next year,for sure which direction you take,will certainly influence me,and am sure several Hundreds of other like minded people.


Rated Event: 49.950%

wrote:

Decent ride let down by abysmal event organisation on the day with lengthy queues at the start and finish. Compared to an Audax, the event was very expensive and it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the event represented an opportunity for the organisers to make a handsome profit.


Rated Event: 55.500%

wrote:

My first ride of the Cheshire Cat. Good weather, nice course but very, very poor organisation at start and finish. The long and cold wait at the start has already been mentioned by many riders, I pushed my way through to get a quick start but I should not have had to do this. The course itself was well signed but the timing system is poor. Surely it is not beyond modern technology for the clock to stop when you enter a feeding station, this way riders would have an accurate time - this really needs adressing. The finish was simply shambolic. I queued for 10 minutes to get over the finish line and then had to lift my bike over the barrier to get out. I didn't waste my time waiting for a certificate, Mow Cop medal or any food. Given that I had spent £35 to enter I got a lot less than I would if I had entered an audax event for £3. What adds to the frustration is the poor after event communication. The organisers have chosen to tweet an apology on their website and provided links to results and pictures via their site. This leaves it up to participants to find their results and pictures. Surely with such a high entry fee the least we could expect is a personal email, with our finishing position and time and an apology for the chaos at the start and finish. As for the sponsors - Wiggle should withdraw their support as this level of poor organisation damages their reputation.


Rated Event: 59.940%

wrote:

Unable to get a time due to totally inadequate timing system.
200+ queue of riders trying to get to the timing area that seems to process one rider every 30 secs.
Gave up, didn't expect such a shambles from Wiggle.
Feed stations not up to much, Endura Lionheart shows the way to go on these.
Pasta queue started outside the main building, as I had a 4 hour drive home left hungry with no time , pasta or medals. Very poor, marshals & course excellent


Rated Event: 67.710%

wrote:

My first time on the Cheshire Cat & the start was a disaster - 1 hour wait in the cold wasn't good preparation for the event. I did the 67 mile ride and enjoyed the route - used the GPX download as well as road signs with no problems. Feed stations were adequately stocked when we passed through so no issues. The finish was nearly as big a disaster as the start - waited over an hour with friends for certificate/medals, luckily it wasn't as cold but again not ideal. Could these have been posted after the event [add £1 to the entry fee]
Ive seen many negative comments and listened to the disgruntled waiting for certificate so please, please make some improvements for next year as I want to come back and conquer Mow Cop.


Rated Event: 44.400%

wrote:

Very disappointed with this event. I didn't even get a time with the super new helmet-attached timing chips. I wasn't logged at the first feed nor the finish. I haven't even been listed as starting the event!!! I did it in 3:38 + stops so I should have been in the top 10!
No point repeating the debacle of the start as it has already been mentioned.
I contacted the organiser before AND after the event, as yet I have not had a reply.

At the finish I went through the Finish canopy and was spat out into the car-park. Thats it. No goody bag, no directions as to what to do next etc. Very poor.

The web-site is appauling. Where are the links to the Results? When I log onto the site it keeps on saying I have not logged on for some time and asks me to confirm my details, which I then do. Having done that it asks me again and again. Ridiculous.

Vote with your feet. I won't be doing it again.


Rated Event: 58.830%

wrote:

Stop the £32.50 nonsense now (Even if you do get to sort out the start/finish congestion). With this number of entrants, £20/£25 should be the max. Otherwise you are going to encourage groups to turn up before the official start time and cycle a nicely signposted route for FREE. There are always plenty of places on these routes to stop to fill up water bottles etc without going thru official Feedstops. All you miss out on is an official time (which you have to wait for). I believe there a some GPS devices that prove you have done the full route and give you your Start to Finish time as soon as you press STOP.





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