Saturday, 23 April 2011
Fred Whitton Challenge Sportive
Described as the toughest of the UK Sportives, the Fred Whitton Challenge takes place on Sunday the 8th of May, and I've managed to wangle myself a place on it, courtesy of the fine folk from Saddleback (much appreciated guys).
Covering 112 miles around the wonderful terrain of the Lake District, it's not for the faint hearted. It covers all the mountain passes in the area and has an ascent profile of around 3000+ metres, just take a look at the profile here.
I rode the Tour of Britain Stoke stage last year, which nearly killed me. That had a profile of around 2.5k metres, so the extra twelve miles and climbs in the Fred Whitton promises to be a real challenge.
I've decided to dump all the carbon bikes and take my Specialized Allez along with me. Why? Primarily, it has a triple chainset and is super comfortable. I went out today and did a hilly 50 over Rivington and Belmont and definitely needed it on some of the sharp ascents, so I'm giving myself all the advantages I can. This is about finishing.
Talking of which. Saddleback are sponsoring the sportive this year. They're generously kitting me out in Castelli bibs and top plus throwing in a set of Vredestein tyres - awesome. I only hope I can do them justice! (puts Race Face on).
If you're riding it too, drop me a comment and let me know what you're doing in preparation. Or if you've already ridden it, drop me a tip or too. All advice appreciated.