Anybody cycled coast to coast?

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Found 20th Feb 2011
Needing to get into shape, I like cycling and thought about getting back into it, ultimately leading to doing the coast to coast (finishing in sunderland)

Wondering if anyone has done it, or other similar things. Looking for a bit of advice re training. I haven't ridden for a while, so would perhaps need to build up to 30 mile stints

Thinking of camping so will also need to think about carrying weight

Any advice gratefully received

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Am subscribing to this thread as looking to do one of the Women's Charity rides next year in Central America and need some advice re training oO !

Quick questions:
You do cycle on the roads (or cycle lanes/paths when available) and not the footpath? (If not you have to break that habit first)

How far did you use to cycle? (was it regularly, was it carrying weight in a bag or backpack)

What kind of bike do you have?

Is it a solo adventure or with other people?

Original Poster

I cycled on the roads, although I used to cycle at rutland water a lot

Only real distance I've done is rutland water (18 miles or so) not that often, 3-5 times per year. No weight carried (other than my considerable own :))

I have a giant boulder mountain bike, it is a few years old now, so may buy a new one if I can justify it and enjoy it regularly

Have a couple of people I hope to ask along, both fitter than me so I would need to do a fair bit of training before we started training together

My recommendations in the following order:

Get your bike serviced, go to a local bike shop and they will be able to tell you if everything is road legal and safe (gears, brakes, tyres, frame, etc).

After that practice, start off with 15 miles per day (less if unable to go that far initially) of a variety of locations. Wear suitable clothing that wicks sweat and a jacket that is waterproof.

After that practice with a light back pack (you can stuff it with anything) to get used to the added momentum and dimensions you will have (I recommend a crumpler backpack).

More on to the weight and size you would need (remember you will need to bring certain items such as bike pump, etc in addition to camping and living equipment).

Original Poster

Thanks, any recommendations for shoes? Don't want to spend a fortune, but want to be comfortable

done it twice (from whitehaven to Sunderland on both accounts) both times over 2.5days (travelled from home, sunderland at 8am each morning, and set off at around 11am, cycling til 7pm with 2 mini breaks and a slighty longer one on the first day)....

can send you loads of info and advice etc.. just let me know dates/etc, mite ride with you some/all of the way

you doing it for charity?

Edited by: "Disco" 20th Feb 2011

Disco that is very generous and very useful. For shoes I would recommend a pair of shoes you find comfortable, I personally wear the same shoes I run in and find that perfectly fine.

electriclinux

Disco that is very generous and very useful. For shoes I would recommend … Disco that is very generous and very useful. For shoes I would recommend a pair of shoes you find comfortable, I personally wear the same shoes I run in and find that perfectly fine.



i just wore standard trainers, shorts and a vest although both times were in June and red hot temps. Where do you live OP?

Can recommend a few excellent BnBs if you didnt wanna camp it up! ;-) I also have 2 reports (storys) i wrote I can pass onto you - funny, but serious in all parts!

Edited by: "Disco" 20th Feb 2011

Original Poster

I live quite a way from you. Near peterborough. Not that many hills as I'm near the fens, but I see it as a pretty long term plan, like I said I want to get fitter, but It's nice to have a goal

Bnbs might be an option, but I enjoy camping, so thought it would be a nice merge

Thanks disco, will have a chat sometime.

Have seen there's some cycling stuff on offer at sports direct so might get a vest and shorts, I definitely need my bike serviced though, halfords a reasonable place to go?

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sancho1983

I live quite a way from you. Near peterborough. Not that many hills as … I live quite a way from you. Near peterborough. Not that many hills as I'm near the fens, but I see it as a pretty long term plan, like I said I want to get fitter, but It's nice to have a goal Bnbs might be an option, but I enjoy camping, so thought it would be a nice merge Thanks disco, will have a chat sometime.Have seen there's some cycling stuff on offer at sports direct so might get a vest and shorts, I definitely need my bike serviced though, halfords a reasonable place to go?



Primark do some good priced sporty gear.

Good luck!

sancho - if you have a local charity that could do with a few quid (anything helps), do it for charity,and you can contact local cycle shops for help / supplies

although, you might not wanna do it for charity, and thats fine, but I found we got loads of stuff given from spare tyres, puncture kits, to energy supplies and even bottled water

Peterborough to Whitehaven via WCML is do-able. You coud always cycle to Newcastle to finish then its straight on a train back to PB
Edited by: "Disco" 20th Feb 2011

Original Poster

I would definitely be up for doing it for a charity, I want to do it anyway so..... there are a few local ones I'll look into

amazon.co.uk/Mud…-41 would these be suitable even though I don't have the pedals they fix into?
Edited by: "sancho1983" 21st Feb 2011

all my stuff is at my mums on her PC, so will sort a few things out for you on Wed PM. Any more information on length and date of trip etc

whilst in the forces we did a charity coast to coast across hadrians wall ... ( we did it in legs rather than one person doing it all )

Original Poster

I was thinking of 4 days, perhaps the end of this summer, or may/june next year

I did Whitehaven - Tynemouth over 3 days last year, in a group of 4, raising money for Help for Heroes. You can read about it at wrracing.net/c2c
Edited by: "Outrunner" 21st Feb 2011

sancho1983

I was thinking of 4 days, perhaps the end of this summer, or may/june … I was thinking of 4 days, perhaps the end of this summer, or may/june next year



so your first day perhaps 30 miles to Keswick, and stay over there. Can recommend you an excellent BnB. I'd definatley ride the first day with you
Edited by: "Disco" 21st Feb 2011

The only training that I did, was to ride to work 2 or 3 times each week, 16 miles each way. The route is not as tough as it looks, the first real climb is Winlatter pass, then the climb up Hartside is a long slog but easier than it looks. The climb that I found hardest wasn't up the Rockhope incline(it's downhill from there onwards), but the steep climb out of Garrigill, it felt it would never end.

Couple of big climbs..

From Start to Finish... Winlatter, Hartside, Garrigil, Allenheads to Rookhope (is a medium climb), but the climb from Rookhope to Park Head Cafe (Waskerley) via offroad or up Crawleyside is a tough one.

However, you can avoid Garrigal by going via Alston, but its not much better. Just depends on where you are stopping on the 2nd / 3rd night.
Edited by: "Disco" 21st Feb 2011

if you work out a definate plan / time period I'll see how much of the ride I can do. Its a lovely 136mile venture, through some beautifuls parts of the UK, made even more enjoyable, as I live on the doorstep of the finish line.

I am doing the coast to coast walk next year (192 miles).... different route, but just thought i would share it lol
Edited by: "scoff" 23rd Feb 2011

you doing Whitehaven/St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay?

St Bees - Robin Hoods Bay, hopefully next May.

nice? what you thinking 30-50 miles per day? 8/9 hours a day?

No i am taking it at a more leiuserly pace, fancy having a good nose around rather than head down and go for it. Trying to do it in 13/14 days with the longest at about 22 miles. Just hope the weathers good lol.

scrumpypaul

http://www.c2c-guide.co.uk/



thats a very good site mate - loads of tips, especially if you're camping. When it comes to BnBs I can recommend the best for where ever you stay, but for camping, that site should help you a lot.

I am getting my 2007 c2c map from me mate over the weekend (course hasnt changed!) so you're welcome to it for you want. In the meantime, I can send you some stuff to be looking at but need an email

email sent

did you get the email

Original Poster

Yes I did, thanks. Not had chance to have a good look yet, but looks like there was loads of info, cheers.

Did 10 miles on Saturday, man it's been a long time since I've cycled..........

10 miles - 50mins at most! lol bet it took ya an hour and a half?

You thought anymore about dates? etc?

Original Poster

I tried to keep to 10mph (or faster downhill), but my computer gave up after 3 or 4 miles. Took about an hour and a quarter.

Not thought about dates, after speaking to my friend he mentioned there's a ride from near where I live to Great Yarmouth, about 100 miles, but all flat!! Might do that this year and then leave the C2C until next.

Not sure though atm
Edited by: "sancho1983" 1st Mar 2011

I'm getting my c2c map (2007 version) back this week so you're more than welcome to have it and return after use (I like to reuse things you see)

would recommend the c2c this year (mainly coz I wanna ride the first day again to Keswick, but not on my own) lol

Sancho, the lad who borrowed my Map has went and lost it! they can be picked up for around £6 like, so less than I paid 4 years or so ago
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