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The Fred Whitton Challenge is Britian’s most popular cycling Sportive. Goodness only knows why, though, as the route is 119 miles (192km) long and has a total ascent of over 3900m (12,800ft). It is massively over-subscribed with 1000 riders taken part each May. The 2017 event raised £1.7M for charity and the target for 2018 was £2M. Here, a cyclist is about to climb just one of the many hills on the route; this one heads up to the Honister Pass (home to Britain’s last working slate mine). I’ve no idea if he was going to be a partipant in the event held the weekend following this shot (May 2014).
No, I have absolutely no intention nor interest in doing this. I’m rubbish at climbing hills but I do enjoy going down them. In fact, I’ve been going downhill for at least the last 20 years.