Hard Cycling in the Lake District this Sunday

by David Murray on 10 May 2008

in Activities, Events, Lakes

This coming Sunday drivers had better be on the lookout for hundreds of cyclists if they’re planning to be on the Lakeland roads. The Fred Whitton Challenge involves 112 miles of hard riding over Lake District passes including Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose. It’s organised for charity (The Dave Rayner Fund and MacMillan Cancer Relief) by the Lakes Road Club in memory of their former secretary Fred Whitton who died of cancer in 1999. From small beginnings that year with just sixty riders, in 2008 it is expected that a thousand cyclists will start from Coniston … and hopefully most will arrive back at Coniston later in the day. The fastest time, set last year, is just under 5 hours 46 minutes and no-one with even the slightest knowledge of the terrain could say that this is anything less than astonishing.

– David Murray –
England’s Lakes

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