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Keswick

shnuggs 10 Jul 17:02  

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My wife and I recently bought ourselves a couple of road bikes and are thinking of heading to Keswick next weekend for a couple of days riding. We're very new to all this so aren't doing mega distance yet. Can anybody suggest a couple of routes of around 20-30 miles that may test but not kill us?
I like the look of the Keswick Buttermere ring thats already posted, may try that the first day, just looking for something similar for the second day.

Cheers,

Pete

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pedalslug 16 Jul 20:34  

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Buttermere must be hell of a climb , check it again .


shnuggs 17 Jul 14:25  

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Well I think the weather has beaten us this weekend. I know it still possible to ride in the wet but as beginners I thought it only sensible not to go for someof those monster decents in such treachourous weather, especially since I had my first crash this week and had to get both wheels re-trued and lost a fair bit of skin too!

Nevermind, the hills will still be there when the weather clears up and the leg mends!

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mandaelizabeth 24 May 18:32  

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I've also heard of some difficulty on the loop between Keswick and Buttermere; however, I think that there may be an alternate route to get you there and back without the killer climbs. I will try to find the route again and will post it if successful.


bloomp 25 May 12:07  

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Not done this route but ... started looking into this from the posts and found
http://cyclinginfo.co.uk/blog/cycling/cycling-up-kirkstone-pass/#ixzz0owDVum5T
and
http://westerlandsccc.co.uk/news.php/1435/fred+whitton+cycle+challenge
which may put this challenging route into perspective.
I met a 14% gradient on Sunday at 50 mile into a 75 mile journey and had to whimp up it after 1/3 way for 300yds - god knows how you ride a 25% gradient - you guys are gods!

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shnuggs 06 Jul 10:43  

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I've never done a 25% yet, my best is 16% which I managed (just!) but it nearly killed me. I actually think some bits were far worse than 16% as it has some really twisty turns that switch back on you. The climb is the back road into Iveston, near Consett and is not long but really tough!

My Latest Route: Sep 2009 Durham Circular via Iveston and Thornley