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Wiggle Cheshire Cat 2013

24/03/2013 - Crewe, Cheshire - Sportive

Rating: 73.3% based on 1 review - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 71.3% based on 129 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 56.610%

wrote:

Pretty much the same as everyone else, terrible start and finish the rest quite good, was numb with cold stood waiting for 40 minutes to start, then queuing up at the end waht was that about, gave up and went home, no goodies,cert, or medal for Mow Cop, Will think twice about next year unless a massive rethink takes place.


Rated Event: 47.730%

wrote:

Great ride as always but totally marred by shambolic organisation. volunteers did what they could to get food to people in the queue but not once did the much publicised CAT radio announce what was happening, they were too busy trying to flog pipe cleaners to freezing riders.
I did eventually get my medal and certificate (for what it's worth) but 2 men trying to print individual certs for 3000 riders! what were they thinking.
KTG were dead keen to reply to comments on their facebook page leading up to the event but have not answered a single commment since - ot even a simple apology for the chaos, it went wrong, admit it and we can all move on.
Sad to say I will not be riding this event again unless Wiggle and KTG consider refunding some or all of the entry fee and publicing what went wrong and how they intend to address it.
My plans to ride the Tor in Cornwall have been changed, I'm not going through it all again.


Rated Event: 57.720%

wrote:

If you are going to charge top dollar for an event you need to provide top class services and facilities.

The start was a disaster, I've never experienced anything this bad before. Even I can work out that if you only let 20 riders leave every 5 mins and have 3000 riders to start - it ain't going to work! The finish was just as bad and I had to queue to get past the timing gate.

Goodie bag - more like baddie bag - an oversized pipecleaner and a load of advertising tat, forget it. I really couldn't be bothered waiting again for another hour for food/medals/certificates.

Results, how long does it take to populate a spreadsheet?

This was my wife's first sportive, I hope it hasn't put her off


Rated Event: 41.070%

wrote:

The Cheshire Queue was a waste of £32. The venue also meant cycling through heavy traffic to get back to the suggested parking area in a dodgy looking industrial estate. Route was fine but Mow Cop a bit of an anti-climax after all the hype. Will not be riding the event again.


Rated Event: 61.050%

wrote:

1. Not value for money
2. Waiting at start and finish a farce
3. Certificate poor. Why did it not have the name of the event and a date?
4. Why could you not download the certificate like the Etape du Tour? No waiting
5. Poor marshalling on route
6. Finish area inadequately manned and equiped - 2 printers was a joke given there were 3000 riders
7. Kiltogo need to change if to retain their title
8. Uncertain if I will return unless satisfied changes have been made
9. Climbs should be at the end to split up the field and to provide more of a challenge. This is not a hard route by sportive standards
10.A lot could be learnt from the Fred Whitton which is well run by a cycling club


Rated Event: 76.590%

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Rated Event: 53.280%

wrote:

It was my first Kilotogo event, and because of the queuing, it will be my last. Why couldn't they just hand you the goody bag as you crossed the finish line? At other sportives (eg Lakeland Loop, Three Counties Challenge, and Roses Round) you get cheese or ham sandwiches as well as bananas and a selection of cakes. Kilotogo gave you cereal bars, factory chocolate muffins, and bananas cut in half; none of it very appetising. The food at the end was good though, once you realised that the massive queue was just for the goody bags, not for the food.
What was in the goody bags anyway?


Rated Event: 62.160%

MartinJB wrote:

The first time I have ridden this event - nice course apart from the last few miles. As others have said, the queues, especially at the end, marred an otherwise enjoyable day out.


Rated Event: 68.820%

wrote:

Enjoyable ride spoilt by terrible on the day organisation. Last year was poor, this year ridiculous. Waited an hour to start, gave up the wait to get into the stadium at the end and was disappointed with the available offerings at the feed stations.
On the plus side the pre-ride info and communication was good and disposable timing chips great, if you waited around long enough to use them. On the whole the ride was poor value for money. Given the choice of events available every week now, unfortunately I doubt will be repeating this next year.


Rated Event: 84.360%

david wrote:

apart from poor start and finish lots waiting good day good corse


Rated Event: 76.590%

wrote:

An excellent event with a good challenging course for the start of the season. Marred this year though by poor marshalling at the start, but poorer organisation at the end. High volumes of finishing riders needed to be processed more quickly and effectively; there were queues of over an hour from crossing the finish line to collecting certificates and medals. The new timing process also needs to be improved. Put this down to a one off as previous years have been much better.


Rated Event: 84.360%

wrote:

Having read most of the above comments I have to say I agree largely with most, although I did have a superb ride. Main good points: Food at finish superb course and faultless signage, electronic timing and great web-site with decent maps that you can actually print. This is the 3rd time I've ridden the event and it's very well organised in general, and has a lot of positives. The bad points: Horrendous waiting on line for over an hour to get going. Yes, the police may have a say in this (understandably) but athletes at the start of a long ride need nothing less than to be stood in a cold March wind. First feed station placing way too soon and in a dangerous congested place. But my main gripe is with the lack of guidance to slower riders on the day and beforehand in the event manual to keep left and keep out of the way of quicker riders (this leads to dangerous situations) and in particular the congestion on the steeper part of Mow Cop. Here there needs to be marshals to keep riders aware and in check not to baulk riders able to cycle it all the way to the top. Sportive riders are a great bunch - but often have little experience in group/ courteous/ safe riding techniques and a few guide-lines in the event manual would only help. Also... the awarding of certificates only serves to turn the event into more of a "race" and add pressure/ riders to miss feed stations and the spirit of a sportive is (in my view) diminished. I do think it's a superb event that needs a re-think in some areas as above, but think the organisers have still to be thanked for their efforts. Perhaps a change of start is needed, and Mow Cop after a longer distance (as in 2009) to make for a "sorting-out" and less congestion? Lastly, been a keen Sportive rider entry fees do add up over a season, and 32.50 pounds is right on the limit of what I would pay, and can't help but think that if not careful Kilo to Go and other professional organisers will in time price themselves out of the market. Other events that support charity are often less - and in real terms just as good. Please listen and act Kilo to Go! Will be back next year, with an eye open for the changes required. Enjoyed the ride - hated the waiting sums it up. And please... as on the website medals only for those that rode without stopping on Mow Cop otherwise they are worthless. Cheers.


Rated Event: 36.630%

wrote:

Shambolic, farcical organisation. My first and last Cheshire Cat thank the lord


Rated Event: 52.170%

wrote:

First time I've ridden this. The route was great, hard first half, easier second half, through some great countryside. But the organization was simply terrible. I was a bit later getting there than I planned, which I thought would at least mean I'd get away earlier, but still had to wait 40 minutes to start and I only just got away before 10 - there were many people who would have crossed the start line after 10.00. The finish was even worse. I gave up waiting for the medal and the food: why pay £32 for that experience? May as well just turn up, time your own ride. The feed stations were poor too. Queues at these were also too long and there was not much food left (at least when I got there). I doubt I'll be back. I guess I'm part of the problem as a 'newbie', but don't grow the event if it can't be managed - the Dragon Ride is big, but they cope, and they sell out in 48 hours, which shows they could make it much bigger if they were just chasing money. But they keep it manageable. A lesson for Kilotogo?


Rated Event: 46.620%

wrote:

Firstly the positives... Signage was top notch, couldn't fault it & the course was fab much better to get the big climbs out of the way in the first half... Ok.. now the complete Chaos at the start... to have 100's of cyclists (including youngsters) shivering for over an hour to get started is completely MAD! You should be experienced organisers by now... you know how many entrants there are & houw many you can start per group so allocate time slots for goodness sake!

I gave up after waiting 40 minutes & started the 100 without an official time (5:42 for the record) I also didn't bother queing for the 'goody bag' at the end.... I'm sure Crew Alexander don't see this amount of queing!

Would I ride the course again? Yes
Would I pay for the privilage - No!


Rated Event: 95.460%

wrote:

I had a thoroughly great time and will be back again for future editions for sure.


Rated Event: 57.720%

wrote:

Second Kilo to go event that I have took part in and was left dissappointed especially when I paid £32 for an event that has been ramped up to being one of the best. Got there early to get an early start but frustrated that the organisers couldn't get this right. By the time I reached the start line I was getting cold. The route was excellent and the signage. Got up MOW COP without stopping and felt a great sense of achievement as I was worried about getting up. Imagine my frustration at the end to be told that I wasn't on the list as being successful. After a little persuasion I was handed a medal. Was looking forward to a good selection of food on offer at the first feedstation but was left very disappointed with half a banana and a choc chip muffin. Where we the high energy goods that have been available on other events. Final nail in the coffin for me was the finish. Did queue up but please printing certificates off with two printers. Send them in the post and the queuing could have been avoided. Don't think I'll be coming back because I can get better value at a smaller event. Route was pleasurable but the organisation left much to be desired. BIG is not always beautiful.


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!





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