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Skedaddle Twaddle about our cycling holidays in the UK

Conquer the Fred Whitton Challenge this year

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At 112 miles, the Fred Whitton Challenge is not for the faint hearted. Featuring some of the Lake District’s most spectacular peaks, riders face everything from Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose! With Britain’s premier cycle sportive fast approaching, we asked our guide Isobel Riley to share her experience taking on the UK’s toughest road cycling challenge last year…

Fred Whitton Challenge in Lake District

‘Tackling the Fred Whitton route is a true personal challenge, each climb testing your legs and lungs in true Lake District fashion.  For me, a few special places en route stand out:

  • Kirkstone Pass, first of the big ones, sets you up for the day to come and even has a downhill section mid-climb. Once at the top it’s ‘one down, 5 to go…I can do this’
  • Ascending Honister Pass is the first real test maxing out at around 30% – try to hold on here – breathing also helps!  After this beast you are rewarded with a stunning, rolling road skirting Buttermere. This is my favourite valley in the Lakes, remote and picturesque.  Enjoy it while you can before being rudely launched up another biggy: Newlands Pass.
  • The final two bumps, Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass, are a true test of grit and determination.  Cycling down Eskdale valley, Hardknott looming ahead like a wall of windy tarmac, and with a mixed sense of excitement and trepidation, there is nowhere to hide. The only way is up as they say. The first time I conquered this ‘nemesis’ I actually shed a few tears, before jubilantly making my way down the technical, steep descents into the fast, rolling Little Langdale valley.

The Fred Whitton sportive is recognised as the most iconic cycling event in the country attracting riders from all over Europe. If you want stunning scenery, challenging climbs, sweeping descents and rolling valleys this trip is for you!’

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Preparing for the Fred Whitton?

If you’ve signed up for this infamous Lake District route this year, fear not! For those seeking the perfect training plan, why not join our Classic Passes road cycling tour in Lake District, which follows pretty much the same route, takes place just before the big event and also conveniently splits up the challenge over two days, enabling you to really get to know the climbs and glean some knowledge from our expert guides, to help you on the big day.

Hey, even if you’ve not signed up for Fred Whitton, our road cycling tour is a great opportunity to test yourself on the iconic route, albeit in a more manageable (and hopefully enjoyable!) way.

For more information about our Classic Passes holiday click here.

 

Conquer a Coast to Coast challenge

Too many treats over Christmas got you searching for an effective fitness plan this January? Look no further! The UK’s coast to coast challenges are a fantastic way to help you get fit. So, for a happier, healthier you in 2017, it’s time to take a look at our diverse cycling options…

  1. Best for: THE classic C2C experience
    Trip: Coast to Coast | Distance: 137 miles
    You say: 
    Beautiful weather and spectacular scenery. Some hard work involved but an unforgettable experience and a brilliant holiday.’ Allan, Anglesey
  2. Best for: A manageable journey packed full of history
    Trip: Hadrian’s Cycleway | Distance: 100 miles
    You say:
    The organisation of the trip from start to finish was excellent. Having never done a cycling holiday before, I was apprehensive and unsure whether this would be for me. I needn’t have worried!’ Katherine, North Yorkshire
  3. Best for: A C2C challenge with a Yorkshire twist
    Trip: Way of the Roses | Distance: 169 miles
    You say: ‘
    The route was beautiful, the group got on very well together, the accommodation was very comfortable and we had great food! However, it was our guides who really made it such a great holiday.’ James, Devon

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Looking for something more relaxing in 2017?
Don’t miss our exciting new centre-based cycling holidays, where you stay at comfortable country houses across the UK, accessing a wide range of fun cycling routes, enabling you to tailor your trip just as you want it. Alternatively, you can also join us for a group cycling experience and let our guides show you the way! Click here for a taste of what to expect at our base on the Isle of Wight, Freshwater Bay.

Trending trips in 2017

Inspire your 2017 travels with our round up of best-selling trips over the past year. Time then to take a look at the two-wheeled holidays which proved a big hit with Skedaddlers in 2016…

  1. Trip: C2C, UK
    You say:
    The guides, John and Les, really looked after us and provided us with lovely lunches and welcome tea stops. The accommodation booked was also well organised and loved by our group.’ Alison, Staffordshire
  2. Trip: Southern Dalmatia, Croatia
    You say:It was a privilege to be on such a beautiful ship, which had been lovingly built by the captain. The rides were well led and were all very beautiful. The island of Korcula was particularly lovely.’ Trudy, Huddersfield
  3. Trip: Island Flavours, Sardinia
    You say:
    From beginning to end, our guides looked after us with the utmost care. They were excellent bike mechanics, incredibly organised, knowledgeable about our tour, made delicious lunches and looked after us with great a sense of humour.’ Clare, Derbyshire
  4. Trip: Azure Ocean Ride, Portugal
    You say: ‘The views along the Atlantic coast were amazing. We also enjoyed the variety of terrain, which included forested areas, fishing villages, sand dunes and castle towns.’ Bruce, Canada

One for the whole family to enjoy…

  1. Trip: Asturian Coastal Ride, Spain
    You say:Beautiful coastline, friendly hotels and safe cycling tracks made for a great week! Each ride provided beautiful coastline and great beaches for the kids to enjoy’ Judith, West Lothian.