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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: 57.720%

wrote:

Starting in the middle of Crewe is not the best of ideas. Finishing there is even worse due to the traffic.
Crewe Alex Stadium does not have enough space for that many riders. Signage was good and the pasta at the end was good. I do not really see the point of Mow Cop, it's not very scenic or proper mountains so all it has going for it is the gradient. There are much better classic climbs in the area. ( Cat and Fiddle)
My wife wants to know why there were not separate standards for Women? Events we've done in the past with standard times had distinct vet and female standards.
Good day out , We might do it again.


Rated Event: 57.720%

wrote:

The start was all a bit amateurish, unclear if this was down to lack of experience, faulty equipment, human error, lack of prep etc. Ankle bracelets and timing mats work well enough, but that said, my times were accurate. Though I'm glad to have opted for an early start, the drip feeding of rider by rider seemed v slow at the start. The number of RH turns onto main roads that were unmanned seemed an accident waiting to happen, I sincerely hope there weren't any. Scenery was fine on the ridges, the Mowcop was great. I didn't hang around for food at the end as again it all seemed to be queues. Would I do it again, no, but am glad I did it.


Rated Event: 61.050%

wrote:

The start/finish has been a joke for the last 2 years. They need to set up an area for riders to queue in an orderly fashion...there's plenty of space if someone just organised! I was lucky and was first off the line, so had no problems at the feedstations, but having the energy gels/bars in marshalls pockets so you take the cakes was a little annoying at the first feedstation. The 2nd feedstation had a barrel of water where you just dipped your bottles in...not very hygenic. To use the 1 water dispenser in the building took ages as it was so slow...was this to force us to use High 5? Do they not understand we just want to collect and go so we can eat on the ride! Going up Mow Cop to be shouted by many as being the first female to ride...it was a little disappointing to not have it recorded bearing in mind how few people were riding up it when I was there! The finish didn't seem to improve as I rode home, showered, ate and came back later for the medal, certificate and goodies, but there was still a massive queue!

As a local in Crewe, I love to have a ride starting here...but when it's organised so badly, it doesn't help Crewes reputation!

Having now reviewed the results...not sure why I don't have a timing split for split one...had they not turned them on when we arrived? The other rider I was with doesn't have one either...very strange!


Rated Event: 84.360%

wrote:

The weather was excellent for the event and has been good every year i have done it. The numbers were too high this year for the start and finish facilities to handle them. The queuing at the start in cool temperatures was not pleasant and was not well organised with a lot of queue jumping. I had a good solo ride. Mow Cop gave us all a challenge, but the high numbers made it difficult to pick your way through. I rode well almost achieving my goal of sub 5:30 hours. Would have been possible if weren't for the traffic problems due to the high numbers, but i guess we all had to deal with that. The sour point to the day was someone steeling my Garmin Edge 800 computer off my bike whilst queuing at the end. I turned around to speak to someone and when I next looked it was gone. Thank you for ruining my day.


Rated Event: 51.060%

wrote:

Poor start and finish, Kilo to Go shouldn't organise such big events if they don't have the manpower and logistics sorted. Why start in a built up area when the facilities are so poor. Waited over an hour to start but eventually got too cold and started without going through the official start. Sinage was ok but could do with more after each junction to confirm that the right route was being followed. Feed stations ok if not a little busy, had to queue for drink then queue for food and then queue for toilet, what should have been a 5-10 minute stop became 25 minutes!! Course was good and really enjoyed Mow Cop. Perfect example of getting too big too fast, it's all about the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rated Event: 45.510%

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: 91.020%

wrote:

It was my first sportive and i really enjoyed it , i thought it was well signed as i never got lost once.The whole day was brilliant even though my time in was different to the computer time , i stopped my watch at the 25 mile feed station and the lady come and wrote my number and time down , i restarted my time and when i finished there was about a 15 minute difference. I would do it again and i would invite other people to give it ago , look forward to the next time so i can beat my time for the 45 miles.


Rated Event: 63.270%

wrote:

start and finish just a total joke, its a good job they dont run a brewery, the rest fine


Rated Event: 66.600%

wrote:

Good event. They tried to change the timing for the better using helmet chips rather than the wheel hung ones. This was a good idea but as commented before the congestion at beginning and end was unacceptable. We left at end with out going for food, goody bag etc. This is the 4th time I've done this and they need to get someone who cycles to choose the food. It's not all cakes and bananas in the real world. Some protein and salt would be nice, cheese or ham sandwiches. Have look at the food on something like the Fred Whitton which is run by a cycling club.


Rated Event: 74.370%

wrote:

Did not enjoy the long wait at the start, their must have been a better way of getting people out faster as i was cold to the bone when i started. The signage was excellent as was the route. Had to stop at feed stations to get a gold standard time, only had problems on the second stop having to dodge cars in a busy car park. Their was about a 50 minute wait to get my naff goody bag and my Micky mouse medle at the end.


Rated Event: 86.580%

wrote:

Have ridden the Cheshire Cat 4 times now and I am sad to say that this time I think there were far too many riders. Start and finish waits were far too long. The last few miles were congested with a mixture of terrified car drivers and reckless cyclists. This will not do cycling's reputation any good at all. Other than this, the route is still a pleasant one with a good dose of challenge and the organisation is still good but in this instance, overwhelmed.


Rated Event: 74.370%

wrote:

First time at Cheshire cat,didn't queue at start,left bike at the car and walked past the timing ariel.
Thought the course was ok,but all the hills came over a fifteen mile section,then it was pretty flat.It is nice to be on mainly quiet roads,but some of the surfaces were terrible.
After all the hype around Mow Cop,found it a bit of an anticlimax,doesn't come close to Tour of the peak Wynnats pass!Overall had a great day,timing guys did a great job,despite difficult circumstances.Enjoyed food at finish,and made gold time.will be back next year.


Rated Event: 77.700%

pennyfarthing wrote:

event in its self was good, but the ques at the start and finish where dreadful cold at the start after standing around for 40 minutes to start and freezing at the end after arriving at the finish hot &sweaty then having to stand around outside in damp clothing for over an hour for my medal & certificate also climb up mow cop was dodgy as impatient motorists tried to squeeze past on the steepest part of the climb;well scary


Rated Event: 58.830%

wrote:

Pre event communication was excellent. It gave you the confidence of a very organised ride. I got to the start with plenty of time to see huge queues. Having chosen the long route I couldn't afford to wait because I'm not the quickest rider so I started without going through the timing. Feed stations were ok but nothing exciting. Got to the finish, the road was pretty busy with cars, pedestrians and riders, then there was a queue to the finish line. Again not wanting to wait ages for food I returned to my car and went home. The route itself was excellent, very well thought out with all the climbs very early on. Overall for £32.50 very disappointed.


Rated Event: 56.610%

wrote:

Have ridden Kilo to Go events before, but this was a joke in terms of organisation at the start and finish. Got to start just before 8.30am start, only having to queue 60min in order to cross the start line. There must be a better way to do this? (I should have just gone without timing). First feed station in the long/medium courses was chaotic; even if you did not want to stop there, you had to manage your way through masses of people cluttering the route. Route was great and generally well signed. We spotted one misplaced turn sign, which I belive fooled some riders who ended up doing extra mileage. Finish was a huge let down; I just rode off back to my car, as could not bear another queue again. So overall, route was lovely, organisation poor. Would probably not pay £32 again for that.


Rated Event: 79.920%

nxc wrote:


Rated Event: 58.830%

wrote:

I avoided the certificate and starting queues by not bothering with timing and certificates. Just ride the course. Seems a bit daft to start and finish in a busy built up area full of traffic. Signage was good though.


Rated Event: 77.700%

wrote:

It took a long time to get started. I turned up at 8:45am and expected to start riding straight away, I didn't actually start until nearly 10am which was a problem for my wife who had to wait longer at the finish for me and for me who had to wait for over an hour in the cold.

I had the feeling the event was over subscribed. Riders were forced to ride up to 4 or 5 abreast in places which took up the whole carriageway.

There was also a problem at the finish where riders had to wait over an hour to collect their medal and certificate, I didn't bother and still don't know my official time.

Would I do it again, you betcha!


Rated Event: 51.060%

wrote:

As others have said, the start and finish were not well arranged and the fact that the "clock" did not stop running at the "feedstations" meant my time was nothing like what I actually did.

Didn't think much of the route neither as there were far too many busy roads used.

Overall, not impressed and doubt I will be back.


Rated Event: 75.480%

wrote:

I thought the start and the finish needed to be improved. The marshaling of the start was exceptionally poor as the wait was far too long, with many people becoming cold after a 30 minute wait.





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