9 of my friends, including Adam Newton who is also riding the 4C, have just completed the official Sustrans Coast 2 Coast route from Whitehaven in Cumbria, to Sunderland. This is apparently the UK’s most popular cycling challenge route, and clocks in at 136 miles, which includes a route over the Pennines or 'the roof of England'!
We set aside what we expected to be four leisurely days to do it. But wind, rain, snow (real snow!) and hills … and hills and hills and hills and hills … made it a bit tougher than expected.
If you factor in getting lost, losing people, Sat-Nav breakages and general wobbling we probably ended up doing 200 miles and not far off 20,000 feet of climbing (GPS stats vary wildly).
Challenges aside, it was an absolutely beautiful ride, particularly across the Lake District passes. It’s put Adam and I in good stead for the real 4Challenge deal – which is only twice as long. Gulp!
— by Michael Cox