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The Cheshire Beast

4.0 · 1 review

Northwich, Cheshire

Arley, Northwich, England, United Kingdom

Sun 11th September 2022

Starting at 08:00

2 races


Organiser's Description

The beautiful Cheshire countryside is the setting for an early Autumn Beast 👊.

Choose between the 100 mile or 100km route featuring some fast flowing roads on rolling countryside and, on the long route, some vicious climbs in the Macclesfield Forest.


  • Long Route - 160km


  • Medium Route - 101km




  • Long Route - 160km


  • Medium Route - 101km



What's Included

Get to the finish and collect your well earned UK's Hardest Hundred Medal

We have feed stops approx every 40 to 50kms with fruit, cakes, water, hydration tabs & sports bars / gels.

Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.

After an epic ride, grab a coffee, cake & more from the food trucks at the end. Free parking for the day & toilets & also included in your entry.

  • Glorious scenery: Ride through stunning & varied countryside from the edge of Manchester to the Peaks
  • Punchy climbs: The long route takes in some short, sharp climbs in the beautiful Macclesfield Forest
  • Fast miles on flat terrain: Either side of the Macclesfield Forest are fast, flat sections. Get in a group and enjoy some FAST riding.


Free parking at the rider village

Course Details

Long Route: 160km, 1,350m

A ride in three parts. Starting out from beautiful Arley Hall we start off with a fast and relatively flat 50km – perfect to get in a good group, share the work and enjoy the views all the way to the first feed stop.

The first big climb of the day is the very sharp Oak Road Climb with gradients well over 10%. From there, we head west into the Macclesfield Forest for a very lumpy 20km with some steep climbs.

From here we have a fast descent back East before another quick 50km near the finish, time to get back into your groups and smash the last section to a beer and medal back at Arley Hall

Medium Route: 101km, 600m

One of the quickest 100km routes of the year in the lovely Cheshire countryside. The ride is on mostly rolling or flat terrain with a couple of short (less than 0.5kms) climbs averaging less than 5% so it’s ideal for the non-climbers amongst us.

We start and finish in Arley Hall heading to Knutsford and around to the outskirts of Wimslow before a fast section back to the finish line. You can choose on the day which route you want to ride, the split is at 51km so you can see how your legs are feeling on the day. The long route has an extra 60km and plenty of climbing in the Macclesfield Forest.


  • Is the route marked?

    Yes, the route is fully marked. We also suggest bringing a bike GPS to follow as well, we will send you a GPX file with the route one week before the ride.

  • How do I find out my start time?

    We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 9.30am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.

  • Where is the Start / Finish?

    The ride starts and finishes at Arley Hall. There is free parking onsite as well as a toilets & refreshments.

  • What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?

    It is important you prepare properly ensuring your bike is in good condition & physically ready for the challenge. If you have an accident or mechanical, we have support at the feeds and sweep van at the back.

  • What shall I pack with me for the ride?

    You need to have two water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, cake, fruit & bars.

  • Do I get a medal at the finish?

    Yes, when you finish the ride you will go through the finish line and get your hard earned UK’s Hardest Hundred medal.


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2 reviews


·2 months ago

Great event! Route took riders through many picture-perfect villages, through Macclesfield Forest and over to the Peak District. Well signposted and the feed stops had everything you could need.

·2 months ago

Enjoyed the route. Good feed stops. Could of been a bit more of an event for waiting family at start / finish. But overall enjoyable


Northwich, Cheshire


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