10 Fred Whittons in 10 Days

by Mr_eL_Bee   May 10, 2011  

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

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! Big Grin

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@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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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 Wink

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
15th May 2011 - 19:53

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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)

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
16th May 2011 - 17:13

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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 Smile

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
17th May 2011 - 18:37

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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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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
17th May 2011 - 18:39

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Enjoying the tale - how much / what are you eating en route and outside of the ride?

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posted by Low Speed Wobble [140 posts]
18th May 2011 - 8:34

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Cheers Smile
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

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
18th May 2011 - 16:51

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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 Smile

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
18th May 2011 - 16:52

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

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7501 posts]
18th May 2011 - 18:52

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dave_atkinson wrote:
you're homing in on my 'benchmark' time Smile

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!! Smile :)

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
18th May 2011 - 19:02

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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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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
18th May 2011 - 22:07

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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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posted by Gkam84 [9039 posts]
18th May 2011 - 23:44

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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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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
20th May 2011 - 13:24

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Is that near the ice cream van?

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7501 posts]
20th May 2011 - 13:59

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Would that be the same one you 'went missing' behind recently Thinking

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
20th May 2011 - 15:06

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My apologies for the loss of StalkerTracker today - I left my phone at Cyclewise.
I may be killed fatally to death for worrying the wife on that one!
Today was a 8:54 - I'm having to 'manage' a slightly painful and swollen knee now.
Wasn't too bad today, it behaved until about 90 miles!!

And my saddle is a Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow....

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
20th May 2011 - 19:31

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Is there anyone out there....???? Wink

Day 9 - Tough day!! Really windy and I was riding in to it for long sections, and the bike needed some work from the guys at Cyclewise - and they stopped it making the Click Of Doom!
So I was stopped there for 45 minutes
8:55 for the day though - pretty pleased with that!

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
21st May 2011 - 18:37

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yeah, we're still out here! got a bit preoccupied with the giro the last two days Smile

two solid times and only one more to do! a big chapeau! is waiting for this time tomorrow...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7501 posts]
21st May 2011 - 18:55

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Leave it all on the last climb and destroy Dave's time Big Grin Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9039 posts]
21st May 2011 - 19:57

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Last one Leon. Great achievement already. Good luck for today Applause

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
22nd May 2011 - 2:12

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Dave, your time is intact.
A puncture just after Whinlatter saw to that.
Today was incredible. The worst weather all week to start with and wind - OMG the wind!
And I had company from the Honister 92 guys to the end.

8:45 for today which I was pleased with! Body is glad that I'll not be riding again tomorrow though!!

Long blog will be written shortly....

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
22nd May 2011 - 15:41

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Fantastic achievement Leon! Chapeau!

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7501 posts]
22nd May 2011 - 19:55

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Brilliant news! Congratulations. How's your arse this morning?

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
23rd May 2011 - 7:10

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I think he must still be in bed...

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
23rd May 2011 - 15:06

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I'm pleased to report that my 'seat' is fine!
Completely fine in fact!!

And thank you for the incredibly generous donation Smile

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
23rd May 2011 - 20:22

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Anyone out there think that my efforts are worth a few quid for Macmillan?

1 in 3 (Oh - the same ratio as Hardknott) of us will be effected by Cancer at some point in our lives, and may well NEED these people to support us!

Cheers guys!
Smile

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
24th May 2011 - 7:45

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Hello again Smile

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been following my little adventure and to those who rode with me and sent me messages!

OK, The nice folk at Onixbikes have donated one of their Onix BC1 Carbon Bottle Cages (RRP £34.99) for my exploits on the Fred Whitton.

It's very nice and I think it would would look fantastic on my bike - but the whole point was to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan.

So If someone would like to make a decent offer for it as a donation to Macmillan, I'll part with it.

If no-one wants it, I'll be making a generous donation myself, and keeping it Smile

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
28th May 2011 - 11:16

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update:

I have an offer of a £40 donation for the Onix BC1 Carbon Bottle Holder

Big Grin

I'll leave it open for folk until some time next week

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
28th May 2011 - 12:33

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update:

I now have an offer of a £45 donation for the Onix BC1 Carbon Bottle Holder

I can't get over just how generous people can be!! Smile

.....aspiring to mediocrity Big Grin

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
28th May 2011 - 13:44

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Nice work people with your offers, unfortunately i'm not in a position to offer for it, skint n got a couple of charity rides later in the year, so need to get things for them

But i could possible give you an offer for your legs to have them transplanted, lol, Well done on your 10 Fred's Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9039 posts]
28th May 2011 - 15:43

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Gkam84 wrote:
But i could possible give you an offer for your legs to have them transplanted, lol, Well done on your 10 Fred's Big Grin

I don't think you'd want them now!! They are still recovering!!
And they are reminding me just how hard they worked. Seemed like such a good idea at the time Wink

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posted by Mr_eL_Bee [68 posts]
30th May 2011 - 9:51

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