Article and images by Jonathan White
1,700 riders took part in the ‘Cheshire Cat Sportive’ cycling event, sponsored by Primal Europe, which started and finished at Queens Park in Crewe today (Sunday 24th March 2019).
A sportive is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event, typically held annually.
There were three routes available for the Cheshire Cat Sportive: a short route (83.3km/51 miles), a medium route (130.0km/80 miles), and a long route (174.3km/108 miles).
The medium and long routes both involved a challenging ride up Station Road/Top Station Road at Mow Cop – known as the ‘Killer Mile’ – which is one of the 100 toughest climbs in the UK.
All routes re-joined for the final 25 miles.
Finishers received an event medal. There were also bicycle mechanics on hand for any unforeseen issues, along with trade and refreshment stalls.
The event was organised by Velo29.