Take part in the Cat & Fiddle Cycle Challenge

The nation’s favourite charity ride is back for its’ 20th year in 2022!

Take on an amazing new route, including the infamous 7-mile long Cat & Fiddle climb, at the 20th anniversary edition of the legendary Cat & Fiddle Challenge ride. Once you leave the start in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, you’Il be taken through some truly stunning lanes, over testing climbs and down grin-inducing descents, taking in spectacular views on our route as it winds through Staffordshire, Cheshire & Derbyshire.

Both rides start and finish at Port Vale FCs ground in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, just up the road from Rourke Cycles, where you’ll find a great range of bikes, accessories and expert advice.

The new route introduced last year was really well received by the riders, so this returns as our primary route option.  It takes in some of the best cycling lanes in the area, and ticks off numerous climbs and descents making it a really great day out on the bike. 

To complement the Cat & Fiddle Challenge this year we add a whole new route aimed at those that want to be part of the event, but aren’t quite as fond of the hills!  The Jodrell Bank Loop takes in another famous local landmark on a circuit that heads to the West and to the decidedly less lumpy terrain of Cheshire before returning to the start.

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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*New - Jordell Bank Loop

This new route is a different type of challenge.  If you prefer to keep the average speed up rather than the gradient, this could be the one for you.

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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 Rourke Cycles Cat & Fiddle Challenge

Can’t decide which route to ride, why not check out the awesome gallery of images from the 2021 event.

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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