Take part in the Cat & Fiddle Cycle Challenge

The nation’s favourite charity ride is back!

Take on an amazing new route, including the infamous 7-mile long Cat & Fiddle climb, for the return of the legendary Cat & Fiddle Challenge ride.

The 2022 date will be confirmed soon so make a note to check back

Meantime, why not check out the awesome gallery of images taken at the 2021 event.

Starting in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent from Port Vale Football Club, just up the road from Rourke Cycles, you’ll be taken through stunning lanes, over testing climbs and down grin-inducing descents, taking in spectacular views as you wind through Staffordshire, Cheshire & Derbyshire.

The event now boasts three fabulous routes for you to choose from:

*New - Cat & Fiddle Challenge – 96km – 1,292m climbing

A fresh twist on the classic route, including quiet lanes, a little more distance and a touch more climbing.

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Cat & Fiddle Classic – 85km – 1,122m climbing

The original route designed by Brian Rourke himself with the iconic Cat & Fiddle climb.

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*New - Towpaths, Tracks & Trails – 46km – 199m climbing

Ideal for keen cycling families or those wanting a more relaxed ride. This route is 95% off-road with stunning scenery.

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This isn’t a race, it’s a charity challenge ride open to everyone comfortable on two wheels. So come and get involved, set your own goals and enjoy the ride. No matter if it takes you a couple of hours or the whole day.

For more information about the routes, directions and on the day details, visit: https://www.catandfiddlechallenge.co.uk/  

Your impact on people with disabilities

Since the ride’s inception in 2002, the Cat & Fiddle Challenge has been able to raise over £700,000 for charitable causes. Livability has been honoured to be the beneficiary charity since 2019.

Livability helps people to become more confident, motivated and independent – we enable people with disabilities to thrive. We work to change what’s unliveable – we help people tackle and overcome the barriers in their lives, including any that prevent them participating fully in society, because this negatively affect people’s wellbeing and life expectancy. Our services strive to transform how people with disabilities connect with the communities they choose to be part of.

Student at Livability Nash College with Donkey

Why we need your support now

People with disabilities have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19; should they contract Covid-19 it is highly likely to result in severe illness with potential life-threatening complications. This is reflected in the Office for National Statistics (February 2021) showing two thirds of Covid-19 deaths were in people with disabilities.

Your support in taking part in the Rourke Cycles Cat & Fiddle Challenge enables us to add real value to the amazing people we are privileged to support at Livability.

All we ask is to fundraise what you can.

£12 could hire a wheelchair accessible bike for 2-hours
£50 could buy arts and crafts for fun, stimulating activities
£350 could fund therapy donkey visits that spread such joy to people we support
£850 could buy a NeuroBall to help stroke survivors regain arm and hand co-ordination

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