Now the Fred Whitton Challenge is CRAZY ….
110 miles with over 3200m of climbing …. The Fred Whitton Challenge is a gruelling 112 mile sportive challenge ride for charity around the Lake District, run in memory of Fred Whitton. From 2014 it starts & finishes in Grasmere, and the route includes the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes. MORE HERE
So someone from the meetup group is doing the ride and wanted to do a ride where she could practise some hills ….. so Sunday morning is cold and sunny and COLD …. did I mention cold.
We head off and temp on the Garmin already says -3.4C ouch – my face is feeling battered from the cold. The plan is to do the tak-ma-doon and Crow road loop
but as we get to the Tak we encounter the climb and a lot of Black Ice on the road. Downhill could be deadly … so we climb to the top grab a breather then decide to descend to the golf course where the black ice patches thin out … and ascend again. At the top of the tak we could look down for miles at the clearing mist and freezing fog.
then on for a slow descent to the north side a river ford where one person took a tumble on ice at the edge, stood up and fell over again …
Down the long bumpy carron valley road to the Crow – again a puncture halted proceedings ….
i got to admire the road (still bumpy)
and also find the puncture that Andy couldn’t and look at my nice clean tights …
Bike filthy man filthy ….
then the weather is so cold that the Edge 510 dies closer to home …. legs tired ….good spring ride.