On a previous attempt, I joined a small group of cyclists attempting to complete the ride in October a few years back and we failed due to attrocious weather conditions and bad navigation. Despite my policy of not re-attempting rides I decided to make an exception and the Chinook-O and friends of Chinook-O assailed the 112 miles and 11,200 feet of climbing.
The weather was a lot more favourable than previous. Just look at the blue sky and fabulous view from the top of Kirkstone Pass.
The route traverses twelve big climbs on passes and fells in the Lake District.
True to forecast, the weather in the afternoon changed to cloudy with some showers but it didn't impair the views.
There are several self-timing points scattered around the route.
The Ortleib bar bag worked out ok. It definitely slowed me down but having the map and somewhere to carry stuff was good.
You reach Hardknott with 98 miles in your legs; a vicious climb exceeding 30% on two sections and where I wore out my cleats in walking.
At the top of Hardknott Pass there is a small mound of stones used by many cyclists (who manage to stay on the bike) for a trophy picture. Not for me, since I walked it (and, by this stage, grateful for not being buried under it).
Some irony in the pub in Coniston, where several pints of local bitter and a slap-up meal helped post-ride recovery.
* 111.4 miles
* Total ascent 11242 feet
* Total moving time 8hrs 40mins
* Average speed 12.9mph
* Max speed 40.8mph
* Total calories burned 8,700
* Average heart rate 126bpm
* Average cadence 69rpm
Thank you to Rick, Jon and Julian for organising and letting me tag along :-)