Although this was a Wimps ride it is definitely not for wimps.
Whitehaven to Tynemouth, (west to east)
, 136 miles overall with over
4000 feet of climbing for each of our first 2 days. (originally projected 9,122 feet overall for the ride but my Garmin showed a total of 10,351 feet. )
I haved looked at my Strava stat's and recorded a 27% section on the climb up to Hartside. I certainly saw a couple of 16 and one 21 percent on my Garmin as I was climbing.
The payback was the next 5 miles, Hartshead to Alston, at an average of 28 mph mainly due to the strong following wind.
A 22.9% appeared on the climb up from Nenthead after the lunch stop. (cafe legs.
The climb up from Stanhope, a bit later in the day, (Crawly Bankside) was evil and was the only place I actually walked a bit. (tiredness and lactic setting in.)
Very glad to see Parkhead Station at the start of Waskerly Way.
Waskerly Way is an easy slope down and hard pack gravel with one or two patches of loose. I ran 25 size tyres and they were a bit skittish in places. N.B. We still had the gale force winds behind so getting a move on.
In consideration I would recommend probably over three nights instead of two. Obviously depends how fit you are and the time at your disposal.
Very glad I have done it and especially as part of the Wimps group. Whats next for the Wimps?
Watch this space.