The Cat & Fiddle Cycle Challenge 2017

The Cat & Fiddle - art by Gaz Williams

The Cat & Fiddle - art by Gaz Williams

The Challenge route dives left (from Buxton) to right (to Leek) through the middle of this view from the Roaches. It's the fastest descent on the course as the A53 drops off the high moorlands, heading back to Stoke-on-Trent

The Challenge route dives left (from Buxton) to right (to Leek) through the middle of this view from the Roaches. It's the fastest descent on the course as the A53 drops off the high moorlands, heading back to Stoke-on-Trent

The famous 7-mile hill climb...

The Cat & Fiddle Cycle Challenge was started in 2002 by Brian Rourke Cycles and since then it has raised well over £600,000 for Cystic Fibrosis charities. Brian Rourke and his son Jason, plus many other volunteers, work hard at staging this iconic event every year. Thousands of cyclists have taken part over the years and, in doing so, have helped to generate funds for Cystic Fibrosis care and research towards a cure. See more about the event here.

Coming soon...

Cox Bank Publishing is producing a book to help celebrate the event, and already has a great set of stories from 2016, Stoke-on-Trent's 'European City of Sport' year. The aim of book is to get stories from every perspective of the Challenge - cyclists, spectators, sponsors, organisers, the charity, volunteers, marshals, photographers - and publish them in a little volume to raise funds for the charity Cystic Fibrosis Care. We need a few more stories to complete the book - who knows, this year we might get something from Guy Martin or Jason Kenny! Submit your story - 500 words or 5,000, or a poem - here by November 12th 2017.

The route - 55 miles from Stoke-on-Trent, via Macclesfield and the Cat & Fiddle climb (the northernmost section on the map), Buxton and back.

The route - 55 miles from Stoke-on-Trent, via Macclesfield and the Cat & Fiddle climb (the northernmost section on the map), Buxton and back.