Last long training ride … the Fred Whitton Challenge de Staveley

Pete, Rachel, and Steve super happy having finished the final climb to Wrynose Pass

The Etape du Tour is just around the corner. So with tapering of training efforts in mind to give legs every chance to fully recover the weekend saw the last big training effort, the Fred Whitton Challenge. The Fred Whitton is a circuit of the Lakes that takes in all of the major mountain passes – over 180km of riding with around 3700m of climbing. Tough! Perhaps a little tougher than the Etape in some ways due to the extreme nature of some of the climbing. Hardknott Pass in particular is epic, and being near the end of the ride ones legs are already knackered. So again a little like the Etape which, in 2017, finishes with a 32km (albeit less severely steep) climb to the Col d’Izoard.

Steve arrives at Kirkstone Pass
Rachel and Steve passing Castlerigg Stone Circle
Rachel arrives at Honister Pass
Selfie of the gang at the summit of the Newlands Pass
Rachel at Whinlatter Pass
A great cafe stop at Stanton Bridge to top up on energy before tackling Hardknott and Wrynose Passes
Steve and Rachel at the start of the Hardknott Pass
Pete, Rachel, and Steve super happy having finished the final climb to Wrynose Pass

Series - l'Etape du Tour

  1. l’Etape du Tour Training Finally Starts…
  2. l’Etape du Tour Route
  3. l’Etape du Tour Training Progress
  4. Scorchio through the Trough of Bowland and on up Kingsdale and down Dentdale
  5. Last long training ride … the Fred Whitton Challenge de Staveley
  6. l’Etape du Tour 2017

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