Ivan Cammack

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Coast to coast on a bicycle is a daunting task.
And just to make it more difficult, we will be challenging our legs to the ridiculous hills of The Lake District, The Pennines, and The North York Moors, which host some of the toughest hills in this beautiful country.
Training is well under way for some of us (Brian), is coming along handsomely for others (Lesley & Nikki), and has at last taken its first turns of the pedal for the fattest of us (me). Bike serviced, oiled, and with new tyres, I have finally taken to the road.

Thank goodness for The Chiltern Hills where I plan to spend many hours in the coming weeks - the nearest thing we have to Winlatter Pass, and the Matterdale climb which will both loom large in our path on the first morning of this challenge.
Towards the end of day 1, after 76 miles in the saddle, we will encounter a renowned cycling climb called 'Shot Moss' with almost 1,000 ft of climb, features in the top 100 'Official climbs', and probably means it will hurt!

Day 2, after stopping over in beautiful Barnard Castle, means a gradual drop in altitude, tracking the banks of the river Tees before a lunch stop in Stokesley.
Any drowsiness instilled by lunch will soon evaporate as we very quickly face the North York Moors at Kildale, and then the going gets tough again. So just 3 miles back in the saddle and then we climb almost 700 ft in a 15 mile slog over Commondale, before eventually dropping down into Whitby for fish n chips, and probably a glass of pop!

The route:
Whitehaven to Whitby, via Keswick, Askham, Barnard Castle, and Stokesley.
Distance 169 miles
Elevation gain 13,478 ft.
August 25th and 26th.

Ivan Cammack