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Starting on Friday 13th May, I'll be riding the Fred course once a day for 10 days  1
What could be better? 10 days cycling around Lakeland....
Well... it did seem like a good idea at the time  39

Why?
Partly because I want to, and it's a worthy challenge;
Mostly to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support
http://www.justgiving.com/Leon10FW

Now - here's the fun bit!  4

Anyone who wants to come and ride all or part of the route with me on any of the days is more than welcome just ping me an email at 10FW [at] faster-feet.com
I'll be leaving from Hills Garage in Coniston - so that I can use the 4 Seasons timing cards - each morning at 6am.

If folk are interested in my progress, I'll update this thread, and I'll write up each day more fully on my blog
http://10fw-in-10.blogspot.com/

Cheers

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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Having just done one fred whitton in one day, and finished in pieces, i can only say chapeau and wish you all the best, leon! you're clearly insane.

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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by the way, what kind of finishing time are you aiming for each day? just people will have an idea if they'll be able to keep up...  1

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

by the way, what kind of finishing time are you aiming for each day? just people will have an idea if they'll be able to keep up...  1

Cheers Dave,
I rode the Lakeland Loop at 8-hour pace for the Fred - and seeing as THAT was 40 miles shorter and about 1000m less climbing - for the first couple of days I'm going to be aiming for more like 9-9½ hours.

A lot depends on the weather, of course!!  1

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 5 years ago
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Come on, one of the days, you have to bury yourself and beat the 8.34 hours that dave did at the weekend  4

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Come on, one of the days, you have to bury yourself and beat the 8.34 hours that dave did at the weekend  4

If all goes well, and my experience of other multi-day endurance events are anything to go by, I'll be looking at a quick one later on!  3
It'll be interesting to see what time I can churn out at some point!
Hmmmm 8:34, eh..?  19

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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or you could aim for the 6:05 the first man home managed  4

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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 4 LOL - I think not!!

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 5 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

or you could aim for the 6:05 the first man home managed  4

Was his name Mr T Boonen, lol

Thats going at some lick for the course

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 5 years ago
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Its interesting viewing the times http://www.fredwhittonchallenge.org.uk/Results.php

3rd and 4th home managed to lose 2 mins on every check point, kept a steady pace and the you look down a few the people who went out a little bit quick and suffered at the end

Then you scroll right down and see 4 guys who only made the 1st check point as those up top were finishing

I dont suppose you know how many non finishers there were Dave?

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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Its interesting viewing the times http://www.fredwhittonchallenge.org.uk/Results.php

I dont suppose you know how many non finishers there were Dave?

8:34 is respectable mid table, it seems - better than the mediocre two-thirds down the field i usually manage  1

there were 89 DNFs according to Saddleback: 1223 started, 1134 finished

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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It seems that word is getting round, and I now have a couple more people interested in coming along for the ride.  4
This is Most Excellent!

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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OK - 2 done, 8 to go  1
Day 1 was ridden with a friend and took 10:29
LOVED the ride, and especially the climbs

Today I was pretty much alone apart from the Keswick-Borrowdale-top of Honister section where a local rider joined me.

I'm using a phone basd GPS tracking (which has a few blackspots, it being the Lakes) if anyone fancies following my progress.

I'll put it in the next post!

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 5 years ago
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Nice work, are you doing the same route each day? or are you going one way and then back the reverse the next?

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Cheers  1
I'm doing it the same way each day, The SportIdent timing system is set up that way, and I want a record other than my Garmin one of the 10 days  1

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 5 years ago
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Oh i see, i didn't realise you were using the sportident timing aswell

Is it set up all year or just because the Whitton has just taken place and they left it for your timing?

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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Nice day for it today!

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Oh i see, i didn't realise you were using the sportident timing aswell

Is it set up all year or just because the Whitton has just taken place and they left it for your timing?

It's there all year - you can get the timing card off Paul, the guy who organises the FW

Dave - it was pretty harsh today!!!

I've written a long report about my adventure today on my 10FW-in-10 blogspot site
I stopped short of calling the MRT on Wrynose...... just  3

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Number 4 done and dusted and a LOT of words on my blogspot blog for anyone interest (Link is at the top)

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Half way through this now!

It was a decent day in the Lakes and I had company - both of which are very helpful  1

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 5 years ago
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Glad to hear it's going well Mr_el_Bee and thanks for keeping us in the loop as it were

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Low Speed Wobble [156 posts] 5 years ago
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Enjoying the tale - how much / what are you eating en route and outside of the ride?

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Cheers  1
I'm getting most of my calories from my drinks - and using them as a kind of rolling recovery regime as well, as some have a protein element to them.
And to keep my stomach happy, I'm giving it flapjack, Nakd bars and cake!
Oh and tea at Cyclewise Bike shop at Whinlatter
Off the bike, it's a 500ml Carbo Loader drink in the morning and 4 weetabix,
And a large evening meal - about 1½ times my normal portion size

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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Day 6 complete
And despite the legs feeling like Soggy Spaghetti, I posted my quickest time so far
8:45

OK - not quick - but I'm really pleased with that  1

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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you're homing in on my 'benchmark' time  1

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Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts] 5 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

you're homing in on my 'benchmark' time  1

In all honesty - I think it is safe! The cumulative effect of the back to back days is taking its toll!

I'll be happy to *complete* all 10!!  1 1

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 5 years ago
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Does the route take you past the bakery in Gosforth - Gill Unsworth's I think it's called? It's in a house just opposite the car park - worth stopping there for a pie… or two.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 5 years ago
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Right, one important question that has not been asked, what saddle are you riding on?

Cause i know my behind would be rather sore after over 1000 miles in 10 days unless i had a comfy one and plenty of butt'r

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simonmb [353 posts] 5 years ago
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Our intrepid Leon's position doesn't appear to have moved for some time. Whinlatter Pass, just before the Hope Memorial. What's it like around there? Looking at the satellite view it looks kind of isolated.

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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Is that near the ice cream van?

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