The Cat & Fiddle is one of the longest climbs in the UK and is incredibly popular. The wind direction can easily equate to minutes lost or gained and there can be a huge contrast in weather conditions as it goes on. From 2010 onwards, several clubs organised events up it and so multiple attempts per year were available to try and get a fast time. For various reasons, these events gradually disappeared, but we think it's about time they returned.

THE CLIMB

Cat & Fiddle from Macclesfield

Length:
10.291km
Elevation:
333m
Gradient:
3.24% Average
9.1% Maximum
CTT Course Code:
J9/7
CTT Course Description:
Start
On the A537 (Buxton Road) at lamppost No 30 approx 50 yards after Cottage Lane.
Proceed East towards Buxton to :-
Finish 7 miles
On the A537 100 yds before the Cat & Fiddle Public House.
CTT Notes:

Course Records

TBC

THE EVENT

Round:
2 of 15
Race Type:
Date:
Fri 14 May 2021 - 19:01:00
Lift-off from:
19:01 with 60s gaps
Meeting point:
Behind the start line, near the Cottage Lane junction (out of the way)
From 17:30
Map here
Photo here
Entry Type
Online Only
PayPal / Card (via PayPal)
Cost:
£6
Non-refundable after closing time, unless the event is cancelled
Entry Opens / Closes:
Thu 06 May 2021 - 19:00:00
Thu 13 May 2021 - 19:00:00
Capacity:
90 Riders*
Sunset 21:00
First come, first served
*Entry may remain open after 90, so you can be a reserve if anyone pulls out. Refundable if unsuccessful.

Macclesfield Wheelers
Cycling Club

Organiser: Bhima Bowden
Hillclimb Hotline: 07 9999 5 2000



Promoted for and on behalf of Cycling Time Trials under their rules, regulations and conditions.

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PROCEDURE

Step 1
As soon as entries close, we will strive to produce the start sheet, showing your start time. It will be available on this page (below) and sent to you via text message/email.
Step 2 - Arrival
Arrive at the meeting point (details above) and collect your race number. Do not arrive at this point by car - please park elsewhere and ride over. Some courses have absolutely zero space for any vehicles and it is important to keep the area clear.
No need to sign or bring anything.
New risks can emerge last minute - follow any additional safety information.
Step 3 - Warming Up
You can use the course to warm up, as long as you stay out of the way of anyone racing. Buxton Old Road is a steeper alternative.
Approach the start close to your time. If space is limited, please wait on the pavement further down.
Step 4 - Finish
No u-turns at the finish as it is a blind bend/summit. Please stop somewhere beyond the pub building and safely turn round
Step 5
Return your number, by leaving it in a box where you originally received it or with the timekeeper at the top.
Step 6
Send any videos and photos to us. We'd love to see what you captured.

TRAVELLING

IMPORTANT

Parking is not guaranteed for our events and they were originally devised with a short 5-30 minute ride out from Macclesfield in mind.
We are delighted that non-local riders from further out wish to travel long journeys to join us, but:
• If you are able to ride out without driving, please do so.
• Some events have zero or extremely limited space for vehicles. Please bear this in mind and see the map below for help.
• If you must drive, please consider car sharing with another driver to reduce congestion.

Parking Spaces
We are continually looking for suitable parking spaces close to our events and have added most of these to a map [Here]
Click on each location to see more information.
We cannot guarantee that these will be available on the day, so please leave early if you're planning to park somewhere remote.

Park & Ride Recommendation
Are you driving out? If you can, please use our (80) FREE parking spaces in central Macclesfield and ride out from there.
These are at Waterside, SK11 7HG and have been secured specifically, with the help of various local businesses/offices.
[Map Here]

Local residents are doing their best to keep the courses clear for us, so please do the same and avoid parking near the course if possible. Several courses contain junctions with private roads/driveways and should not be used or blocked under any circumstances.

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You will be under the age of 18 on the day so you need to print out a permission form and ask your parent/guardian to sign it for you.

You need to bring this to the event in order to be allowed to race.

We will not have any available on the day.

It is also in the rules that you must wear a helmet.

You can get a copy of the form on the CTT website [HERE].
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Terms & Conditions

CTT Type-B Terms

I understand that the event will be held under the Rules and Regulations of Cycling Time Trials as shown in the current Handbook and I confirm that I am conversant with such Rules and Regulations and undertake to abide by them and to participate in the Drug Testing Programme whenever required to do so. I further declare that I am at present not under suspension by Cycling Time Trials or any organisation with which Cycling Time Trials has an agreement or (if so) such suspension will have expired by the date of the event. I agree to accept the decision of the promoter in all the matters concerning the event and my participation in it subject to such rights of appeal or review as may be provided for in the Rules and Regulations of Cycling Time Trials. I understand that the event is held wholly or in part on public or private property or the public highway and that I participate therein entirely at my own risk and that no liability whatever shall attach to the promoter, promoting club or any officials of the event, Cycling Time Trials or any club affiliated thereto or any member of such club for any injury loss or damage suffered by me in or by reason of the event however caused.
As an entrant to this event your information may be shared on the event or promoting club website, social media pages or in emails sent by or on behalf of the promoting club. This data will only be shared in relation to your participation in the event, e.g. the list of entrants, results or event reports. This data will be limited to your name, gender, age or age category, the name of the affiliated club or team of which you are a member and your finishing time and/or position.

I CONFIRM THAT I HAVE READ ALL THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE START SHEET AND/OR DISPLAYED AT THE SIGNING-ON POINT. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT CYCLING TIME TRIALS RECOMMENDS THAT I WEAR A HARD SHELL HELMET THAT MEETS AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED SAFETY STANDARD.

CTT Covid-19 Terms

  • Competitors should not attend if they feel ill in ANY way or if family members have any symptoms.
  • An elevated resting heart rate or exceptionally quick to react heart rate during warm up can suggest an underlying asymptomatic illness of ANY kind.
    You should NOT start the event (DNS) and leave immediately. Do not go to the start line if you feel this is the case and notify the organiser of your intention not to start as a result of an adverse warmup.
  • All warm-ups should be done on the road. Static warm-ups are prohibited.
  • Riders MUST NOT gather in anyway regardless of current guidelines in the car park, HQ area or elsewhere.
  • Competitors on finishing MUST NOT stop at the finish and MUST NOT loiter at the HQ/car park and MUST pack away and leave immediately upon completion of the race.
  • No support can be provided if a competitor suffers mechanical difficulties. It is strongly advised that all competitors carry with them a spare inner-tube/tubular, pump and tyre levers if required.
  • It is strongly advised that all competitors carry a mobile phone and take with them the telephone number of the event organiser. Please telephone the organiser if you have failed to finish the event.

Macclesfield Wheelers Terms

  • The entry closing date is final. This event cannot be entered on the day. There is a rider limit and places are on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Payments are non-refundable, unless you contact us before the closing time of the event or if the event is cancelled due to safety concerns.
  • You agree to read all the information we have provided about the course and event, including the risk assessment. You agree that you will follow the guidance where possible and contact the organiser should anything be unclear.
    A 2nd risk assessment will be done at the time of the event to check the course for unforeseen hazards e.g. temporary road works, unreported potholes, broken grids, mud, hedge clippings, parked vehicles, etc.
    By signing this form, you agree to follow any safety advice given on the day - if any new hazards are present.
  • Shortly after the closing time, you will be allocated a start time and number in advance via text message and/or phone call. Please turn up close to your start time, pick up your number and only wait at the start area when your time approaches.
  • Results will NOT be made available at the event. We will strive to send them out via text message and update this website before the end of the day.
  • No spectating or loitering at the event. Please exit the area as soon as you have finished and returned your number.
  • Don't forget - from 2020 a rear red light is now required for all events.
  • In safer times, we may have a camera crew at our events. They might approach you for an interview or photos. We will always contact you to ask permission if we wish to use this content.

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