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RNLI Cycle Sportive at Sandbach

RNLI Cycle Sportive

Crewe, Nantwich and South Cheshire Branch of RNLI are holding a charity NON-COMPETITIVE Cycle Sportive in aid of RNLI on Sunday 7th June, 2020 heading out from and finishing at Sandbach Rugby Club Bradwall Rd, Sandbach, Cheshire, Sandbach CW11 1RA.

This event has run successfully in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with about 550 riders last year and it will be run on much the same lines this year.

There are 4 cycle routes namely 100k, 85k, 35k and 5k, details of which are set out below.

For the first time we are holding a Family Fun run extending to 5 km within the confines of Sandbach Rugby Club (entry fee £7.00 per person).

The greater part of the 100k and 85k cycle routes will take place on Cheshire East highways.  The whole of the 35k and 5k cycle routes will take place on Cheshire East highways.

The 100km route (The Three Shires) is mainly on quiet, predominantly flat, country lanes, allowing participants to cycle through the three shire counties of Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Heading in an anti-clockwise loop North out of Sandbach in Cheshire towards Middlewich. The route then heads West through Church Minshull, Aston Juxta Mondrum, and South through Acton and Ravensmoor passing Overwater Marina near to Audlem (pit stop) before heading to Norton in Hales, Shropshire. From there the route returns North East through Hankelow and on East to Wrinehill and Betley in Staffordshire before heading back into Cheshire via Alsager returning to Sandbach. (entry fee £22.00 per person)

RNLI Cycle Sportive

The 85km route starts and finishes on the same loop as the 100km route but returns to Sandbach from Audlem through Hankelow, Wrinehill, and Betley (missing out Norton in Hales) before heading back into Cheshire via Alsager returning to Sandbach. (entry fee £20.00 per person)

The 37km Intermediate route again starts and finishes along much of the same route as the 100/85km route but cuts a shorter route West to East.

Heading on the same anti clockwise loop North out of Sandbach, Cheshire towards Middlewich, the route diverges from the 100km circuit around the 15km mark and heads East skirting the North East of Crewe towards Winterly and Oakhanger to re-join the 100km route near Alsager before returning to Sandbach. (entry fee £17.00 per person)

RNLI Cycle Sportive

The 5km family ride route starts from the Rugby club, again heading North towards Middlewich along Bradwall Road, before taking a right turn down Pillar Box Lane and a series of left turns on to Ward’s Lane, Walnut Tree Lane and back onto Bradwall Road returning to the Rugby club.  This route is aimed at families and children of all ages. (entry fee £7.00 per person)

The Triple Crown!  Which takes in the 100km route, 37km route and the 5km route back to back! 140km in total (entry fee £27.00 per person).

At the Rugby Club there is ample and free dedicated parking on site.

Male/Female changing facilities (with hot showers).

A £2.50 token which can be redeemed on the day against hot food on sale from the Rugby Club Bistro. These tokens cannot be exchanged for cash and no change will be given.

Food and hot or cold drinks available for purchase all day

RNLI Cycle Sportive
RNLI Cycle Sportive
RNLI Cycle Sportive






Licenced bar open following the cycle ride.

A large clubhouse open to spectators.

Outdoor seating and tables for people to enjoy all day

A finisher RNLI “T” shirt and medal for all participants.

RNLI souvenir stall on site.

The cycle event will be a non-competitive cycle sportive with the substantial portion of the entry fee of all events going to the RNLI as a donation. The cycle routes that are primarily based on Sustrans routes [ Sustrans is a UK walking and cycling charity and custodian of the National Cycle Network. Its flagship project is the National Cycle Network, which has created 16,575 miles of signed cycle routes throughout the UK including 5,273 mi of traffic-free paths.]  and quieter country lanes to minimise disruption to other road users and make for more enjoyable cycling. The routes will be adequately signed throughout.

People can enter on-line via or pay on the day. On the day cyclists can pay in cash between 0800 and 0900 and for the Fun Run from 1000am to 12noon.

Any queries can be made by e-mailing or by contacting Phil Everall on 07525215252 (The Cat is not responsible for external websites).