Cheshire Cobbled Classic – Course Details

Cheshire Cobbled Classic Sportive

Wilier Cheshire Cobbled Classic - Course Details

An in-depth view of this event.

The Wilier Cheshire Cobbled Classic is inspired by the Tour of Flanders – the Belgian one-day Classic. It features twelve cobbled sectors, including five cobbled climbs that exceed 20% in gradient. The most notable of these is the frighteningly-steep Corkscrew, a twisting, snaking cobbled road whose 45% maximum gradient makes it the steepest climb in the country. Much of the course is located within the Peak District National Park, starting in the beautiful Lyme Park (National Trust). The route contains over 3000m of climbing, and the event builds to a climax with a rapid succession of cobbled climbs, including the iconic Swiss Hill, a 25% cobbled climb used by Team Sky to prepare specifically for the Tour of Flanders. The profile of Swiss Hill can be viewed here.

Sectors – 100 km Route

START Lyme Park
Sector 10 (13km) Start Lane 300m 30% max. Cobbles
Sector 9 (19km) Fernilee Reservoir 1800m Flat Hard-packed stones
Sector 8 (25km) The Corkscrew 200m 45% max. Cobbles
Sector 7 (26km) Bank Clough Farm 600m – 5% Gravel (descent)
FEED 1 (31km) Robin Hood Inn, Rainow. SK10 5XE
Sector 6 (65km) Horseshoe Lane 200m Flat Cobbles
Sector 5 (66km) Woodbrook Road 300m 20% max. Cobbles
Sector 4 (68km) Swiss Hill 600m 25% max. Cobbles
FEED 2 (97km) Robin Hood Inn, Rainow
Sector 3 (98km) Jumper Lane 2000m 25% max. Broken tarmac/gravel
Sector 2 (100km) Beeston Brow 300m 20% max. Cobbles (irregular)
Sector 1 (105km) Lyme Park 1800m 10% max. Gravel
FINISH:106km Lyme Park

100km Profile

100km Map – Animated


Sectors – 100 km Route

START Lyme Park
Sector 13 (13km) Start Lane 300m 30% max. Cobbles
Sector 12 (19km) Fernilee Reservoir 1800m Flat Hard-packed stones
Sector 11 (25km) The Corkscrew 200m 45% max. Cobbles
Sector 10 (26km) Bank Clough Farm 600m – 5% Gravel (descent)
FEED 1 (31km) Robin Hood Inn, Rainow. SK10 5XE
Sector 9 (65km) Horseshoe Lane 200m Flat Cobbles
Sector 8 (66km) Woodbrook Road 300m 20% max. Cobbles
Sector 7 (68km) Swiss Hill 600m 25% max. Cobbles
FEED 2 (97km) Robin Hood Inn, Rainow
Sector 6 (131km) Horseshoe Lane 200m Flat Cobbles
Sector 5 (132km) Woodbook Road 300m 20% max. Cobbles
Sector 4 (134km) Swiss Hill 600m 25% max. Cobbles
FEED 3 (162km) Robin Hood Inn, Rainow
Sector 3 (163km) Jumper Lane 2000m 25% max. Broken tarmac/gravel
Sector 2 (167km) Beeston Brow 300m 20% max. Cobbles (irregular)
Sector 1 (171km) Lyme Park 1800m 10% max. Gravel
FINISH (172km) Lyme Park

100 mile Profile

100 mile Map – Animated

In addition to the short, steep cobbled climbs, there are three major tarmac road climbs on the route. The first two of these climbs (Pym Chair and Ewrin Rd) average over 10% for long stretches. Note that these two climbs occur in the first 30km of the route; thereafter, the course descends onto the Cheshire Plain, with the only other long climbs being the ascents of Kerridge.

  1. Pym Chair. Fernilee Reservoir – Pym Chair (250m-470m) +220m elevation gain. 2.5km long. (21 km)
  2. Ewrin Road (280m-400m) +120m. 3.8km long. (29 km)
  3. Kerridge. Bollington (180m-250m) +70m. 2.0km long. (First passage at 34 km). Done twice in both directions.
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Lyme Park – The Start and Finish of the Wilier Cheshire Cobbled Classic

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Approaching the steepest part of the 45% max. ‘Corkscrew’.

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The top of the Corkscrew with the climb to Pym Chair in the distance.

The Cheshire Cobbled Classic Sportive in The Peak District

The long descent via Windgather Rocks to Kettleshulme in the Peak District National Park.

Cheshire Cobbled Classic - Alderley Edge Cobbles

The rounded cobbles of the flat Bradford Lane sector, Alderley Edge.

Cheshire Cobbled Classic Cycle Sportive

The flatter Bradford Lane and Hocker Lane cobbled sectors between Prestbury and Alderley Edge.

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Towards the top of the 25% ‘Jumper Lane’ gravel/broken tarmac climb.

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Jumper Lane sector sign.

Cheshire Cobbled Classic Cycle Sportive

At the base of the cobbled Beeston Brow in Bollington. 20% max. gradient.

Cheshire Cobbled Classic Sportive

The unusual patchworked surface of Beeston Brow.

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Beeston Brow in the 2015 Lapierre Cheshire Cobbled Classic

Cheshire Cobbled Classic Cycle Sportive

Irregular and broken cobbles as the route heads eastward to the Peak District.

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The base of Swiss Hill, the final climb of the Cheshire Cobbled Classic. 25% maximum gradient.

Cheshire Cobbled Classic Sportive - Swiss Hill

The large rectangular cobbles of Swiss Hill, The gradient is less severe towards the top.

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Fiorenzo Magni wins the 1948 Giro d’Italia for Wilier Triestina.