Coast to Coast Day Six: Scarborough? Fair.

Whitby to Scarborough Distance: 36.3Km – Moving Time: 2:35:50 (average: 14km/hour) – 383 metres of climbing Lying on the field at the National Park Centre yesterday, we pretty much dismissed any notion of cycling the 80 or so kilometres from Whitby to York for our final stopover. Since last night then, we had been weighing up our options which involved either a three hour Whitby … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day Six: Scarborough? Fair.

Coast to Coast Day Five: There’s Moor to Come

Osmotherly to Whitby Distance: 77.6Km – Moving Time: 4:14:20 (average: 18.3km/hour) – 1,196 metres of climbing Interestingly, we had spent the night nestled just inside the westernmost boundary of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and, it being in national park, meant that with the new day came yet another hill start.  A 14% one at that. Lucky it was downhill.  And we managed to … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day Five: There’s Moor to Come

Coast to Coast Day Four: All In a Dales Work

Keld to Osmotherly   Distance: 73.4Km – Moving Time: 3:24:38 (average: 21.5km/hour) – 661 metres of climbing Rest Day!  Sort of.  We still have an 73 km ride with 660 metres of elevation ahead of us, however, if you look at the profile, barring a tiny little bookend of climb at Osmotherly at the end, it’s down hill all the way.  Trouble is, we forgot … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day Four: All In a Dales Work

Coast to Coast Day Three: Yurt Not Going to Believe This

Troutbeck to Keld Distance: 83.5Km – Moving Time: 4:47:17 (average: 17.4km/hour) – 1,335 metres of climbing Packing the bikes ready for bike packing and gorging on another Full English aside, the day started with more crisscrossing of the A66, and a short, sharp uphill.  Despite being forewarned of this during yesterday’s pub visit, it still hurt, and as we passed the pub again, its disappointing … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day Three: Yurt Not Going to Believe This

Coast to Coast Day Two: Vertical Limits

Cleator Moor to Troutbeck Distance: 55.4Km – Moving Time: 3:36:22 (average: 15.4km/hour) – 1,125 metres of climbing Day two started with the obligatory Full English whilst staring out of the window at Dent Hill coming and going depending on the intensity of the early morning downpour.  With checkout not until 11am, we weren’t exactly in a hurry to step, what would be an instantly wet, foot outside, … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day Two: Vertical Limits

Coast to Coast Day One: Heavy Weight

Carlisle to Cleator Moor Distance: 89.5Km – Moving Time: 5:07:20 (average: 17.5km/hour) – 563 metres of climbing Islington. It’s a Saturday.  Having wrestled it up and down the stairs of Sandra’s flat, my 14kg Dawes Horizon sits in front of me, loaded up with 10 kilos of luggage on the rear rack.  And there, I stopped counting, choosing to conveniently ignore the handlebar bag and … Continue reading Coast to Coast Day One: Heavy Weight