The Fred whitton – bottle, bag or both? Any other advice?
assume you have a saddlebag for tools and tube and your jersey has three pockets, central pocket for rain cape, left pocket for gels and bars, right pocket for gels and bars. there are shops on the route to buy more food and drink (dont forget the touristy places like honister slate mine etc) and a few petrol stations on route too.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
The final section to Keswick along the A66 won’t be nice.
You don’t need to go along the A66, you can take this road for most of it then go through Threlkeld, out the other side, cross the A66 again and use this road finishing past Castlerigg Stone Circle back into Keswick.
Re the carrying thing – probably easier to use a small Camelbak plus a bottle. You can get by without if you’ve got feed stations but without that at least you’ll have the peace of mind of having everything with you, it’s more comfortable over long distance than having it all shoved into pockets.
Never mind the fashionistas, it’s your ride! Even on the event itself you often see people with rucksacks/camelbaks.Posted 4 years ago
I am riding it on monday and my fantastic bike only has one set of bottle bosses on it, so I can only cage one on the frame, I can cage two on my saddle (with a tacx bottle mounting thing) but they have a habit of flying out and hitting the person behind me in the face. It would also involve carrying LOTS of foot in my jersey pockets.
Alternatively I could bag it, 2L in the bag and a bottle on the frame with electrolytes in. Would make it easier to carry shit tonnes of food and I could still gel up in the outer jersey pockets.
There are 3 of us doing it semi-supported, as in there is a chance for a feed station with some people we know but only potentially.
Also any other advice? We are starting from keswick seen as that is where we are based.Posted 4 years ago
its been absolutely hammering it down here in west Cumbria so pretty much all the streams could refill your bottles. that is what we do. there are plenty of shops, cafes and pubs on the route though. just what time are you starting? traffic is a bit mad from the north to west from 6.30am to about 9am.Posted 4 years agoTomBSubscriber
Please, please take care on the descents of the passes, in particular approaching the wall on left side of the road descending from honister to buttermere on a tightening right hander, which catches a lot of people (including today).
Cheers, enjoy yourselves, take plenty of clothes, it’s very autumnal at the moment. If that means a bag, so be it.Posted 4 years agoreggiegasketMember
Given your start point, you could probably ride the first three passes with one bottle, then fill up at Whinlatter Visitor Centre. Then there’s a big long drag over Cold Fell but opportunities for water at Calder Bridge, then Eskdale. After Hardknott and Wrynose you hit Ambleside and you’re in civilisation…Posted 4 years ago
I would be max, jed would be my mate, I have no idea who chapman is. Our third rider ended up blowing up a ultemo aqua tyre 40/50 miles in.
Camel back was the way forward without a doubt, couldnt carry enough water otherwise, only had to stop once for food and water. The other times were because our triathlete friend crashed on a corner, the other was because he shredded a tyre and we patched it up with empty energy gel packets and spare tubes.Posted 4 years ago
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