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The Fred Whitton Challenge

A 112 mile, mountainous cycle ride

The Fred Whitton Challenge is an iconic, 112-mile cycle challenge over all the major passes of the Lake District National Park. It’s beautiful, difficult, simple, but not easy…
Most people ride it in one day, but I turned it into an overnight #microadventure by packing my bivvy bag and sleeping high in the fells.
I rode the route on the Trek 720 “road-tuned adventure tourer” for their #DrivenbyAdventure campaign.
All in all, this was a wonderful experience that I enjoyed very much.
I’d definitely like to ride the challenge “properly” one year.

The Fred Whitton Challenge

The Fred Whitton Challenge

The Fred Whitton Challenge

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The Fred Whitton Challenge

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  1. What a wonderful movie, Al, with so many brilliant points. Tight editing, perfect length, great shots and witty, honest, unpretentious narrating. I love it!

  2. Hi Alastair! Great video. My first of yours.
    What kind of bike do you use for this kind of adventures?
    Hybrid touring bikes, Mountain bikes?
    What kind of bike you recommend I buy?

  3. Only stumbled across your site today and I had no idea who you are, apart from the legendary tails on the web.

    Iv been on the site all afternoon reading and watching and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

    From reading some of your earlier post to more current ones its interesting to see how your opinions have matured. This clip especially shows it.

    Thanks for taking the time to share.



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