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Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge 3 Riders on a 142 mile MTB Trail across country - Whitehaven to Sunderland 15th - 19th April 1993 - In aid of the Stroke Association See the full story (with route) here It's devastated to write that Ashley, our ride companion, and my cycling friend I had the pleasure of mountain biking with for many…  (read more)


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Ashley checks the bikes are secure!

Service Station stop!

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Paul, Sarah and Chris mid journey

Smile please!

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Ashley, me and Chris posing with my 'Custard slice' VW in Whitehaven before setting off.

And so we begin!

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Chris and I at the starting point at Whitehaven

Ashley and Chris

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Whitehaven to Ennerdale Cycle path, described in the lierature as "linking the sea to the fells" It climbs gently and led us easily into the challenge.

Just out of Whitehaven looking towards the climb t…

Ashley and me

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Fast ride along Ennerdale Water on way to Black Sail pass.


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Speeding past Ennerdale Water on our way to Black Sail Hut Youth Hostel

Making good progress

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Chris on the forestry road between Ennerdale Water and Sty Head pass.

Snack break

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Not sure I want to move from hear as I've just seen Black Sail Pass and it looks daunting!

Ever upwards!

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Chris and I shoulder the bikes on the killer climb over Black Sail Pass

It's down here!

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Ashley points to the Black Sail Hut Youth Hostel below we rode past a few hours earlier!


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Ashley, with Chris behind making the most of the downhill to Wasdale Head after the tough climb up from Black Sale.

Up again

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Early morning Climb from Wasdale up to Sty Head.

Ashley's epic plant!

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Looks posed but it wasn't. Managed to get the photo as Ashley was stuck in that position!

Rossett Gill

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It was worse than it looks here (and it looks bad here!)

Rossett Gill

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There was not to be the usual reward for gaining so much altitude as the downhill into Mickleden is an incredibly broken and rocky climb-down the top section of Rossett Gill. The well worn track along the valley bottom had been 'improved' by the addition of loose stones. This made it drier but not any easier for walkers and even more difficult for bikes - thank heaven for the suspension!


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Stop over on the second night at Ambleside Youth Hostel

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