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.
|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 (117km)||Lyme Park||1800m||10% max.||Gravel|
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.
- Pym Chair. Fernilee Reservoir – Pym Chair (250m-470m) +220m elevation gain. 2.5km long. (21 km)
- Ewrin Road (280m-400m) +120m. 3.8km long. (29 km)
- Kerridge. Bollington (180m-250m) +70m. 2.0km long. (First passage at 34 km). Done in both directions.