Cycletta Cheshire kicks off the 2013 Cycletta series on 12th May. With places still available and all abilities catered for, there are no excuses not to get involved!
The Cheshire Cycletta has historically proved to be one of the most popular events in the women only series and this year riders will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with event ambassador and double Olympic Gold Medallist, Victoria Pendleton.
Distances on offer are: 20km, 37km and 52km. Whether you’re an occasional cyclist taking part in your first organised road event or a seasoned cyclist, there is something for everyone.
Listening to feedback from the 2012 series, event organisers, Human Race, has introduced the shorter 20km Cycletta Novice route across all events. The age limit for girls has also been dropped to 12 years (as long as they’re accompanied by an adult) so make this a day to remember and tackle the challenge together with your Mum, Aunty, cousin, or sister.
Cycletta Cheshire route preview: Be prepared
Whichever route you choose you are guaranteed excellent views of the stunning East Cheshire countryside. All routes set out from Tatton Park, passing through acres of beautiful gardens and past the Neo Classical Mansion house. You may well spot herds of Red and Fallow deer roaming freely on the long downhill run towards the village of Ashley.
Heading south on reaching Ashley you will start a gentle climb, passing a feed station that marks the half way point for those taking on the shorter route. For those continuing on the Challenge and Classic Routes, the road continues to climb steadily for another few miles.
At this point the roads flattens out for the start of a 10 mile loop, which Challenge riders will take on twice. Passing through the village of Mobberley and Warford Park you will be surrounded by beautiful Cheshire farmland and winding rivers.
There is a second feed station at 10 miles should you wish to stop and take in the stunning scenery. Heading back north through Warford the route then skirts the magnificent Wilmslow Golf Club via Lindow End and Knolls Green Village where it re-joins the start of the loop.
Depending on the weather conditions, the exposed nature of the roads and country lanes along the route can mean you are contending with an additional challenge in the form of a stiff headwind, but the stunning surroundings make it worth the extra effort.
Whilst the Challenge rides plough on for another loop, those riding the Classic route will retrace their steps back to Tatton Park. The road swoops downhill allowing you to take a hard earned break from peddling if you wish. On reaching Ashley it is a gradual climb back through the park until the finish is in sight.
Thanks to Unlisted, once you have crossed the line you can relax, rejuvenate and revive in the Cycletta Spa. There will be entertainment for spectators and children so that visitors can make the most of the day.