Rourkie's Cat and Fiddle Challenge 2019

The nation's favourite charity bike ride.

Ride up the infamous Cat and Fiddle and raise money for charity.

Sunday 15th September 2019- Enter on the day from 8.00am til 10.00am.


About Rourkie's Cat and Fiddle Challenge

From Brian Rourke Cycles shop in Stoke-on-Trent, this 55-mile route will take you through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and the beautiful Peak District National Park, including the infamous 7-mile Cat and Fiddle climb which will leave you breathless not only from the cycling, but from the stunning scenery that surrounds you!

Everyone will receive a big welcome from our charity partners and Brian Rourke Cycles at the finish followed by the now legendary home-baked goodies and a cuppa! This isn't a race, it's a fun run on two wheels, so whether it takes 2 hours or all day, everyone who is competent on a cycle is invited to join us.

We are delighted to confirm the 2019 Rourkie's Cat and Fiddle Challenge will support the charity Livability. Livability is a proven and trusted provider of disability care that connects people with their communities. Their 2,000-strong enabling team of staff and volunteers across the UK deliver rehabilitation centres for brain and spinal injuries, operate 32 residential care homes plus manage independent and supported living programmes for people living with various, complex disabilities.

Livability also operates a school plus Further Education college for disabled students along with a Wellbeing centre and delivers social inclusion through churches and community projects. Together with the people they support, they put the elements in place that add up to livable lives within communities.

Since this challenge was started in 2002 it has raised well over £650k for charities. Our very special thanks to Brian Rourke and his colleagues for staging this brilliant event and many other invaluable volunteers. We are also very grateful to every cyclist who has taken part in the event and, in doing so, has helped to raise funds for great causes.

You can enter online using the entry form below, or pop in to see us at the shop if you're passing by. There is an Early Riders entry fee of £20 until 31st July, then this fee increases to £25, so what are you waiting for? - ENTER NOW!!

Blue Whippet Paintworks - Cycle respray and renovation specialists - Are offering 10% discount for all riders, quote your Surname and rider entered email in correspondence. BLUE_WHIPPET.COM


This year's Cat and Fiddle charity partner is Livability.

Find out more about their great work. It all adds up to... Livability.


Who could you be riding with?
Guy Martin? Jason Kenny? Who Knows?

We've had some stellar names ride Rourkie's Cat and Fiddle Challenge over the years. Irish legend Sean Kelly has riden at least 12! We've had Olympic Champion Jason Kenny, I.O.M. TT Rider Guy

The Route

The address of the shop and start of the event is;

Rourke Cycles
194 Waterloo Rd
Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3HF

The route will be signposted and for riders with GPS cycle computers, we have prepared a route which you can download for use with your device.

Right click here and 'save link as' for GPX Or Download GPX from Map my Ride
Download KML

Handy Downloads
Here are some handy downloads if you prefer a paper copy of the route, or if you are looking to get sponsored for the event, we have included a Sponsorship form and Poster
Map Of The Route
Cue Sheet Of The Route
Sponsorship Form
Safety Information

Ride Photography

As usual Codsall Photography will be taking official photos of each rider. They're usually on a steep hill, so remember to smile on all the climbs! Codsall very generously donate to our charities for every photo purchased.

Please visit their site a few days after the event. Codsall Photography.

Online Registration Closed

Sorry, online registration is now closed .

Riders can still register on the day though at, Bursley Road Community Centre (100 metres past Rourke's Cycle Shop - 194 Waterloo Road, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3HF)

Registration is from 8.00am to 10.00am on 15 / 09 / 2019 and the entry fee is £25 - - Design By DB
Livability is Registered Charity No. 1116530 (England and Wales)