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!
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