If you were thinking of going out for a quick Sunday training ride, The Fred Whitton Challenge (aka ‘The Fred’) isn’t something that would seem to fit the bill. At 112miles & 10,800ft climbing it’s been described as the “hardest sportive in the UK”.
And yet – here I was, queued up at 6am in Grasmere. It’s ‘only’ a training ride for me by dint of the fact that I’ve rashly committed to improve myself enough to join a group of friends on the 450mile Raid Pyrenean in August.
I joined the Black Cat Stable in February when I decided that the determination, ad-hoc spinning and chamois cream combination that I used in the past wouldn’t work. Although it got me from non-cyclist to 7-day LEJOG survivor in two years I didn’t think it would be enough get me along the Pyrenees. Continue reading