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Nick’s Cycling Challenge 2018

Nick’s challenge – The Fred Whitton Challenge 2018

I am going to be cycling The Fred Whitton Challenge – this is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.
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The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.

As the name suggests, it is run in honour of Fred Whitton. Fred, who died aged just 50 in 1998, was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club.

The very top riders complete the route in just under six hours but eleven hours and over are not uncommon for the average Sportive rider. This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback is the hardest one day ride in the UK. The event includes all the Lakeland passes, one with a 30% gradient. (visit the website by clicking on the banner below).

In aid of MACMILLAN cancer support

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Me & Cycling

(and the crazy things I get myself into)

Anyone who knows me knows I like my cycling.  In fact, like any cyclist, I can bore anyone with the details of a post ride analysis or how much weight I saved with the carbon this & that (and why the cost was well worth it!!).  I do it because I enjoy it and cycling is good for you – there are loads of stats that prove it benefits not just your health but your wellbeing too.  (NHS Choices / British Cycling / British Heart Foundation).  In my line of work as a community pharmacist we pride ourselves on helping people.  But sometimes we are not able to do everything we wish we could.  We see how cancer and other conditions affect not just the patient but the families as well.  No one should ever have to go through it, but we don’t get a choice, we can only make choices to try to reduce the likelihood of getting it.  But no one should ever have to go through it alone!  That’s where Macmillan cancer support comes in.

This CRAZY ride is 112 miles (178.5 km) and 10,780 ft (3286m) of climb, with a maximum gradient of 30% (we don’t have hills like that in Suffolk – Ashen Hill is 0.19 miles (300m) long at an average gradient of 6.4%. So this ride is long and hilly to say the least.  It will take up to 8-9 hours to complete.

I’m going to put myself through a day of purgatory, please make it less painful by helping me raise £500 for Macmillan cancer support.

Ways to Donate for my Charitable Challenge