A race series with a difference!
The tour of Cheshire is a unique event consisting of six stages spread throughout the Cheshire West area. Each stage will run for one month starting in April and finishing in September.
Stage 1 - April: Oscroft > Kelsall
https://www.strava.com/routes/2801580198714942720 Start in Oscroft village, climb Willington hill (one of the tour of Britain 2019s KOM’s), pass through Keksall before sprinting down Westwood Lane and then turning off to Tarvin for a final dip
https://www.strava.com/routes/2799049017649350390 Start with a sprint from the village of Norley, carry on down the same road into Frodsham before finishing with a sharp climb up Frodsham Hill to finish
Stage 4 - July: Holt > Chester
https://www.strava.com/routes/2796403691594385380 Come off the Holt/Farndon bridge at speed into a climb with an early turn, then follow the same road to Huntington roundabout sprinting through Alford, finishing up Sandy lane hill climb in Chester
Stage 5 - August: Little Budworth > Wettenhall
https://www.strava.com/routes/2801572303983505666 Start by going through Little Budworth past Oulton Park, as you pass the pond begin a short sharp climb which links you to the road to Eaton, a nice fast road, finishing with a dip before a brief sprint surge.
Stage 6 - September: Huxley > Burwardsley (The Queen Stage)
https://www.strava.com/routes/2801563540143902976 As the lights turn green it’s go go go, over the canal bridge by Hargrave, turn to Huxley, dip down the Shady Oak under the shadow of Beeston castle, return toward Tattenhall but turn to Burwardsley starting the big finish the beyond the Pheasant KOM
Each stage will contain a sprint and climbing segment running alongside a general classification competition. You can ride each stage as many times as you like during the month to try and get the best time for each competition. Each stage is set up as a Strava Segment, there is no need to restart your GPS device, just study the route and make it part of your overall ride. You can ride by yourself or with other members from your club to help push you on.
For the General Classification, your times from each stage will be added together, with the overall winner being the rider with the lowest total time. Within each stage there are also designated sprint and hill climb segments. These are a points based competitions, with points recorded over the series. Finally there is a team competition, the top 3 finishers from each club/team will gain points for an overall team series. Trophies will be awarded to the Men's and Women's winner from each of the three individual competitions as well as trophy for the fastest overall team/club.
Registration to the event gets you entry to every stage and updated results. 50% of entry fee will go to the local Bren project Charity. The Bren Project is a small, independent charity offering people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to experience supported, bespoke work placements in Chester and the surrounding area. Once registered you will receive an email with links to the Private Facebook and Strava groups giving further instructions.
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