I did it! And yes, it wasn’t easy!
The start of Day 1 from Whitehaven wasn’t too bad, as we started along an old railway line.
However, once the hills started, the struggle really began.
And as the day went on, the temperature rose. I had never experienced a heatwave in the Lake District before. It was like a desert, with dust whipping around and filling our nostrils and backs of our throats. We had to climb rocky hills (or push the bike up, as these were practically unrideable). Then, when we did reach some tarmac, the heat from it was energy-sapping. It was so hot that the bikes were leaving deep tyre marks in the melted tar.
Fortunately, on Day 2, the weather cooled. However, it was time for the Peak District, which has some very steep climbs.
Once again, we had a mix of road and off-road.
I had cycled some of the route a few years ago, though this time, a lot quicker without the kids 😉
Day 3 was the North Yorkshire Moors, and as the day wore on, the temperature rose again.
This day was mainly off-road, but by day 3, my legs were drained of energy. A particularly steep and rocky climb after the first 10K was just not possible!
Day 3 was also the toughest mentally, especially with all the mind games they put on and additional challenges, like pushing your bike up a downhill run in Dalby Forest, to eventually seeing the sign heading downhill to Scarborough, but instead, they want you to go the other way, up the hill.
Glad I spent all those months training for it, as the challenge would have been impossible without it.
I’m already thinking about what to do next year! 😉
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