Erm, no idea - Been up it today (this morning), then long hill - the 45 mile route from home in 2:37, a whopping 25 minutes off the time I did in March ! Was good today, tail wind on the upper slopes - flew up it. Hasn't the road deteriorated as you bear left from the straight drag from Macc - it's about half a mile of broken tarmac - awful stuff, really knocks the rythm.
Long Hill was hard work, howling headwind all the way home to Stockport.
Passed a chap on a nice pinarello near to the top.
it's even worse when you're haring down it at 30mph (although the wind today meant a bit of a slower than usual descent). were you one of the group i passed going up the drag out of macc as i came the other way about 1045 today? (red bike, apple logo on black jersey)
I think I might have followed you up yesterday morning( in about the same time). As I turned at Arigis I saw a guy in the distance so I decided to have a go at catching him: I got close at the left turning for Rainow but started to loose ground a bit after that. Did you have a yellow top on and turn right after the Cat to go back down the 54?
If you're finding the Buxton Road route too easy / busy - you could try going up Hurdsfield Road, turn right just before the George and Dragon (in Rainow), and go up Cliff Lane!! Which my brother used to do.... don't recall ever cycling up there myself!!
I was doing this climb on a fairly regular basis. (I now go up the Bosley/Allgreave way). My times for the cat-n-fiddle seemed to vary dramatically depending on how tired my legs are at the bottom and on the wind.