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Challenge for 2015

Rachel1970 10 Dec 15:24  

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Hi- every year me and a group of friends undertake a physical challenge, usually a long distance walk, however we are considering doing a cycling challenge next year and wondered if anyone had any suggestions? I am a relatively confident (but very slow) cyclist, I have a mountain bike and would prefer something preferably predominantly off road. We have consiered doing the Leeds - Liverpool Canal, the C2C or even the Coast & Castles Challenge from Edinburgh to Newcastle, however having spoken to a few friends who have done a couple of the above, I think these might be just a tad too difficult for us at the moment, even if we get a few months good training in beforehand. Ideally I want something that can be done over two days at the most somewhere in the North of England. I am reasonably fit (for a woman in her 40's) and have undertaken a sprint triathalon in the past (26k on the bike) and could probably jump on my bike without any training and cycle 25 -30 miles over flatish, easyish terrain without much difficulty. Any suggestions? Many thanks
Rachel

spaceman 10 Dec 20:23  

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I would suggest you find a charity close to your heart and do a ride for them. There are loads to choose from and you are helping a good cause?

My Latest Route: Jul 2012 Bedworth to Startford Via Fosse Way and Return Via Kenilworth

herbie 11 Dec 21:13  

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Rachel ,

'Without training - 30 miles without difficulty '

I'm sure with training you can achieve one of the challenges.

The c2c is quite hilly - so coast & castles may be better

I had a go at the southern leg of coast & castles last year on a mtb but could have got way with a hybrid. Only did one day though(100 miles)
- cannot comment on second leg.

As routes go its flattish

my version of the route :-

http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2711840

few photo's

http://www.everytrail.com/my_trips.php?user_id=158425


I did Birmingham to London on canal so Leeds to Liverpool will be the roughly the same - mixture of surfaces and if it has been raining it can get quite grueling through the mud & wet grass - the scenery on canals isn't the best either.

for Leeds to Liverpool :-

http://www.towpathtreks.co.uk/llc/canal_cycling_guide.html


Depending how far you wish to travel -Scotland's great glen way :-

http://www.tickettoridehighlands.co.uk/great-glen-way-cycle.php



Look at these crazy people for inspiration

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04v5hhh/the-adventure-show-20142015-episode-5




My Latest Route: Sep 2012 Birmingham to Worcestor Via Canal

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