fredwhitton Photos & Videos

2 days ago

Equal to the experience of travel in and of itself, it's the friendships made and kept along the way that make it so alluring. This one being Sam who was almost the only person from the UK that I met in my 4 months in West Africa. From West Africa to Wrynose here we are at the summit of the first real test of the 115 mile Fred Whitton bike route which takes in all of the Lake District's major passes. Top boy(s)! . . . . . #Africa #connections #fredwhitton #lakedistrict #wrynose #cycle #summer #travel

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5 days ago

About 2 years, since the Lake District, was finally granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Nothing has changed for me as we have been returning to the Lakes over the past few years as tourists and while I took part in the Fred Whitton Challenge. Be sure to return again soon πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜ƒ #amazingview #adrenalinerush #beautiful #cyclist #cycling #cumbria #freedom #fredwhitton #greenery #landscape #lakedistrict #lakedistrictnationalpark #nature #northwest #outsideisfree #roadslikethese #scenic #thegreatoutdoors #thelakelanders #lovethelakes #unesco #unescoworldheritage #tourist #theplacetobe #lake_district #ashnessbridge #loughriggfell #windermere #beautifuldestinations #goodtimes

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1 week ago

This weekend has been an absolute epic on the bike! Setting off Friday lunch time, riding 110km into the Langdale Valley from my front door in Preston - bike fully packed with 3 days worth of kit. Saturday saw me complete the 180km Fred Whitton loop, with 3900m ascent over The Struggle/Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes, before knocking over Blea Tarn and back into the Langdales. Sunday was another leisurely day, riding 100km back home, via the Trough of Bowland. Perfect riding conditions all weekend & plenty of Danish pastries too! Long distance, multi day rides have been on my mind a while so I'm super stoked to have that one ticked off. All good prep for my trans-alpine ride in a couple of weeks time... (Of course, normal people don't ride the Fred on a gravel adventure bike... But... having flared bars, wider tyres and hydraulic disc brakes made the descents a peice of cake. Having a 1:1 ratio made short work of the 25 & 30% climbs too!) . . . . . #Bikepacking #FredWhitton #RoadsLikeThese #RideTheLakes #YourWorldRideIt #FuelledByFirepot #Microadventure #NoBadDays #LakeDistrict #HomeIsWhereYouPitchIt #SleepBeneathTheStars #CampingCollective #ThisIsMyAdventure #ProperAdventure #GetOutside #LiveBreatheOutdoors #AdventureBlog #AdventureEnthusiasts #OutdoorAdventurePhotos #IgersCumbria #IgersLakeDistrict #OutInTheLakes #ExploreEverything #ProperAdventure #MountainsForTheMind #TheLakelanders #FromLakelandWithLove #ThisIsMyOutdoors

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2 weeks ago

Tough week? β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € So this was a fella on the #fredwhitton challenge last month. A pretty tough sportive over the toughest passes in the Lakes. Chris managed to get himself and his bike around the whole thing, there's more on our blog....β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € We'll post a few more shots soon. Whatever you're up to over the weekend – have a good 'un....β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #cyclebritain #sportive #visitcumbria #lakedistrict #alifealive #stillwithstories #seeyououtthere #liveauthentic #lovegreatbritain #visitengland #agameoftones #untoldvisuals #letsgosomewhere #stayandwander #getoutsideandplay #getoutsidemore #keepitwild #simplyadventure β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #wildernessculture #lifeofadventure #liveoutdoors #wherewillwegonext β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #makemoments #goexplore #lovelifeoutside #staywild

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3 weeks ago

T H E F R E D Some say The Fred Whitton Challenge is the toughest ride in the UK, yay or nay it was definitely the toughest ride I've done! In this photo I'm climbing Hardknott Pass, top contender for hardest climb in the UK graded an 11/10 in Simon Warren's '100 Climbs' book. I tried not to make the event all about this one climb, there were many other climbs that day each feeling like the hardest climb I've ever done but at the back of my mind I knew this behemoth was stood fast at the 94mile mark ready to stop me dead in my tracks, and boy did it try! Each agonising pedal stroke I made I contemplated making it my last, I've never EVER wanted to get off a bike and walk so much as I did when I hit the steepest part of this "road" which peaks at a disgusting 33% yet equally I've never wanted more to make it to the top of a climb also. It's amazing what the body can endure, when you think you've hit the limit of what your muscles can withstand that's when you need a strong mind saying nope, this isn't how this story goes, you didn't come all this way and do all this hard work to stop here, now get to the B @st *rd top! You can rest when it's over. Boy did I take a pummeling that day... But I wouldn't change it for the world! #fredwhittonchallenge #fredwhitton #lakedistrict #hardknottpass #togetherweclimb #gianttcr #adventure #lifebehindbars #outsideisfree #bikelife #100climbs #selfpropelled #juiceisworththesqueeze #onlywayisup #arewethereyet #shutuplegs

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1 month ago

Today’s cycle - if we can call it that. Check the video of the wind πŸ˜‚ Hardknott Pass/Wrynose Pass, Lake District

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1 month ago

Lakes Day 2 - never felt like I was going to tip backwards and fall off my bike before... can't wait to come back down and do hardknott without a 40mph headwind.

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1 month ago

Last week these huge 1200 x 600 pieces went in to a new restaurant in Keswick, the second site of the good people of @fellpack. It’s called The Round and it’s right by Moot Hall so where better to have these maps (and a few stats). They now reside in some of their tables so you can look over the Bob Graham, Fred Whitton or Frog Graham while you have some food and a drink - go pay them a visit, we did at weekend and these looked great and the food and drink were brilliant 🀘🏻 Printed by the wonderful and supportive people at @creative_graphics_uk who always look after my prints for me #Fellpack #TheRoundKeswick #Commission #HugePrints #TheBob #TheFred #TheFrog #BobGrahamRound #FredWhitton #FrogGraham #FellRunning #Cycling #Sportive #UltraDistance #OpenWaterSwims #OtterMaps #Cartography #LakeDistrict

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1 month ago

Must return to the Lakes next year and have another crack at the Fred Whitton Challenge. Have attempted Hardknott Pass twice now. First try, a practice ride the day before, was a success, second time (during the actual race) it beat me :( Unfinished business. πŸš΄β›°οΈπŸ†πŸ€”πŸ˜« #fredwhittonchallenge #fredwhitton #cycling

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1 month ago

1 year ago - My end of month report for May 2018 - A very good month in my quest to cycle 12000km with 100,000 metres of elevation on Strava in 2018. A month that saw me cycle 1194 kms with 13016 metres of elevation. This included smashing my PB times for the Fred Whitton Challenge, and for a 25 mile time trial. I’ve not been on the bike 🚲 much lately, as I still recover from a badly broken wrist in Dec 18. I’m getting my fitness back πŸ‘Œ, so for June, the target 🎯 is to cycle 1000kms with 7500 metres of elevation. Watch this space, to see if I can reach those targets for the month πŸ‘Š #adrenalinerush #bikeride #cyclist #cycling #challengeyourself #freedom #fromwhereiride #instacycling #lanesnotlaps #outsideisfree #pushyourself #roadcycling #stravacycling #thegreatoutdoors #fitnessmotivation #worththeeffort #manchester #landscape #12000km #fitfam #betterbybike #endofthemonth #settinggoals #fredwhitton #timetrial #feelingood #gettingfitter #gettingstronger #goodtimes #oneyearago

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1 month ago

Andy smashes his personal best doing the #fredwhitton cycling challenge after taking up Pilates Classes. . Coming in the top 10% of all riders is a fantastic achievement. Huge congratulations πŸ’ͺπŸš΄β€β™€οΈ . This is what Andy said about his performance... . β€˜β€™ Massive thank you Tracy for your Pilates classes that have developed my core strength & muscle tone. It benefited me enormously doing the Fred Whitton Cycle Challenge. I achieved my personal best time of 7 hours 25 minutes. What a huge difference it made having the core strength on the numerous big climbs in the Fred. I’m looking forward to more’’ Andy x . It’s a real advantage being able to β€˜connect’ with your core muscles when you cycle. It helps protect your back, you can cycle harder, go further & faster for longer, because when you access & activate your core muscles when they are strong it takes pressure off other muscles from over working & fatiguing quickly impacting your performance. . Having a strong core, greater strength & flexibility can prevent injuries & muscular imbalances from occurring over time due to the repetitious nature of the sport. . Want to start Pilates with me? . You can text me ☎️ 07709 594 947 πŸ‘†πŸ‘†if you click the link in my bio you can see my web-site with all my daily Pilates & Yoga Classes. . Have a positive Wednesday Tracy x❀️ #cycling #challenge #lakedistrict #stronger #corestrength #pilates #corestability #personalbest #kendalcycleclub #kendalcycling #lakedistrictcycling #groupexercise #pilatesclasses #mindandbodybalance

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1 month ago

Decided to have a clear out of some prints for bank holiday so there are a load of A3 on sale for Β£20 inc postage in the shop between now and the end of Monday🀘🏻 shop link in bio... and go! #PrintSale #PrintsAvailable #MapArt #Cartography #Mapping #OtterMaps #TheLakeDistrict #PentlandSkyline #YorkshireThreePeaks #FredWhitton #ScafellPike #BenNevis #Snowdon #Snowdonia #Grampians #Yorkshire #Hiking #Cycling #FellRunning #FellRace #Challenges #NationalThreePeaks #BetterSaleThanDFS πŸ˜†

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1 month ago

Couple of pics from Hardknott Pass whilst 'enjoying' the Fred Whitton a couple of weeks ago πŸŒžπŸžοΈπŸš΅β€β™€οΈ #fredwhitton #lovethelakes

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1 month ago

PASS 027 - 030 | LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND | I knew I was buggered when I saw the cows. They numbered about ten, none older than six months or so, and they wanted to know what was going on. Bike after bike after bike whizzed past the farm gate they stretched their necks over, going unnoticed by the riders with their heads down, focused on the climb ahead. The concentration was entirely necessary, given the nature of the event: with almost 4000 metres of climbing over 100 miles or so, the Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the UK’s hardest sportives. And I, somehow, was in the middle of it, trying to remember why I signed up. New post live now - link in bio. . . . . . #passhunting #passhunter #pass #mountainpass #lakedistrict #fredwhitton #lakes #cumbria #outsideisfree #cycletouring #audax #adventure #templeteam #templecycles #templecyclesadventure #explore #summer #sky #mountain #hill #fell #clubdescentcols

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1 month ago

'The Struggle' Kirkstone Pass Looking down on a stretch of tarmac synonymous with suffering. At an average gradient of 8% over 4km and with sections above 20%, it's reputation as a fearsome climb is well deserved. Depending on your predilection for pain, I've never had the pleasure or misfortune to tackle it's slopes, however, as I favour pleasure spiked with pain πŸŒΆοΈπŸ˜‰, it's definitely on my radar πŸ“‘πŸ’ͺ. . . . . . #lecoluk #lecol #fredwhitton #cycling #cyclinglife #cyclingaddict #cyclingstyle #rideyourbike #cyclinglife #inspiredtoride #thecyclingculture #velo #bikelife #roadcycling #cyclingphotos #cyclingselfie #cyclingshots #goneriding #whyiride #wahoo #fromwhereiride #100percent #bikestagram #ciclismo #wymtm #stravacycling #speedtrap #cyclingpics #oakleyaro5 #lecolchallenge

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1 month ago

Throwback to a couple of weeks ago and a glorious day at The Fred Whitton Challenge in The Lake District. We were so lucky with the weather, what a day. It is such a tough day on the bike, and not for everyone, but worth every grimace. Kirkstone Pass, the β€˜first’ climb (it clearly isn’t!), as it opens up into the open moorland. Hardknott Pass looking back down from where we came and the carnage it causes. Wrynose Pass, just over the brow. Hopefully here you can see the severity of the gradients and the concentration needed to descend as well as climb. Wrynose Pass is a mere 25% at times πŸ™„ but remember that’s after 95 miles and straight after Hardknott and it’s 30%... The beauty of Lake Windermere at sunset. Could not have been more peaceful (apart from a couple of ducks having a domestic πŸ˜‚!). Lastly, the data. If you’re still reading this then you’re the kind of person that loves detail...!😁 #fredwhitton #lakedistrict #cycling #windermere #cumbria #spring #outside #movemore #ridemore #resilience #hills #hills #hills #persistance #lakedistrict #tbt #throwback #health #fitness #wellbeing

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1 month ago

Crash on Honister Pass, Fred Whitton 2009. Too fast, too excited, down hill = head on collision with dry stone wall. Big reminder to where a helmet and look up. Bike in 3 pieces, helmet in 2. Fortunately no major damage. Just a few stitches and scars. Ride safe folks x πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ‘…πŸ™ˆπŸ’₯πŸš΄πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸš‘πŸš³πŸπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸΌπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ #alwayswhereyourhelmet #safetyfirst #lookup #crash #bikecrash #faceplant #headon #scar #stiches #blood #cycle #fail #redface #lakes #lakedistrict #fredwhitton #honisterpass #downhill #slippy #wall #safety #toung #rash #road #smile #cannondale #chesirecat #cheshire #knutsford

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1 month ago

Just wow! πŸ˜²πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸ’ͺ Highlight video of the guys taking on the UKs hardest one day sportive, The Fred Whitton Challenge! Another geat video @david_bikes_and_hikes Full clip at https://youtu.be/is9ROsTn4r4

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1 month ago

THE FRED WHITTON REPORT Last weekend intrepid explorer, #tech expert and all-round bad ass @dosie_ray rode the Fred Whitton for the first time. She’s kindly written a blog about the ride - check out her experience in our bio link πŸ‘ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ #dirtywknd #wahooligan #inmyelement #cycling #groupride #getoutside #ridelots #ridetogether #wymtm #bikestagram #instacycling #cyclinglife #cyclingphotos #bike #bicycle #cyclist #cyclingpics #cyclingaddict #strava #london #mycyclingweekend #fromwhereiride #outsideisfree #ridewithmates #cyclingcΓ¨lub #bike #bikelife #stravacycling #fredwhitton

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1 month ago

So here's the excuse, looking at the trend - if I skip The Fred next year and ride the year after I'll be #2021 in 2021, yes? #fredwhitton

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1 month ago

@jacktalbotphotos failing to believe that β€œThere is only 300m left” to the top of Hardknott. Nice detailing on his right sock to describe the final 3 climbs of the #fredwhitton β€œHell” πŸ₯΅πŸ”πŸš΄πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’¨πŸ’₯ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” #cycling #climbing #lakesroadclub #hardknott #wahooligan #lakedistrict

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1 month ago

Loved the addition of Blea TarnπŸ‘Œduring my last Fred Whitton ride, back in 2018. My time of 8hrs 23mins 52secs including stops, smashed my previous best by over 56 minutes 🚴πŸ’ͺ Hope to return next year fitter and stronger πŸ’ͺ, as I try to regain my fitness and confidence after suffering a bad wrist break, from back in Dec 18 πŸ˜©πŸ€• This was after coming off my bike. Watch this space for updates on my progress πŸ‘ŠπŸ’ͺ #adrenalinerush #cycling #cyclist #cumbria #freedom #fredwhitton #greenery #bleatarn #landscape #lakedistrict #lovecycling #outsideisfree #roadcycling #roadslikethese #scenic #stravacycling #thegreatoutdoors #challengeyourself #fromlakelandwithlove #fitnessmotivation #pushyourself #ride_the_lakes #thelakelanders #feelingawesome #personalbest #niceday #goprophotography #goodtimes #brokenwrist #roadtorecovery

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2 months ago

Suffering last weekend so you don’t have to... Also: www.justgiving.com/STRACHANSFRED3 Posted @withrepost β€’ @strachmcc Basically I’m not prepared to ride up Hardknott Pass unless there are at least two photographers present. . . www.justgiving.com/STRACHANSFRED3 . . . #cycling #roadcycling #fredwhitton #hardknottpass #fredwhittonchallenge #lakedistrict #thelakedistrict #shutuplegs #painface #outsideisfree #getoutside #outdoors #explore #adventure #wtmtm #sundayfunday #lifebehindbars #whereiride #fromwhereiride #nwisbest #northwestisbest @veloclubwalcot

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