[S]IX RIDERS from Team Cyclewise took on one of the UK’s most challenging cycle sportives at the weekend.
One of them, Adam Nolan, recorded the second fastest time of the day – just a minute under six hours – over the gruelling 112 mile course.
Adam’s face may be familiar as he is ‘dad’ to Jasper – the dog that went missing and was later found on Scafell 18 months ago.
Craig Scott, director of Cyclewise, said: “The Fred Whitton is billed as Britain’s Premier Cycle Sportive and it lives up to its name. It probably has more punishing climbs than any other sportive in the UK. It’s impressive to clock a time under six hours and we are really proud of Adam for doing this. Completing the challenge in the heat we had on Sunday is amazing for all our team, they all did themselves and us proud.”
Team Cyclewise – Adam Nolan, Sam Farrar, Ed Braithwaite, Ben Ager, Ben Keen and Gary Hardie – were all individually sponsored for their own chosen charities. The Fred Whitton has raised more than a million pounds for charity in the past 16 years.
Two thousand riders took to the roads in the 2016 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge. It was created in memory of its namesake who was a great advocate for cycle sport in Cumbria and north Lancashire.
The route starts in Grasmere and climbs the Lake District mountain passes on Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose.
Only the very top riders complete the challenge in under six hours and it is normal for seasoned sportive riders to take up to 11 hours to complete the course on open roads.
Cyclewise will be celebrating its success this Saturday, 14 May 2016, with its first road bike demo day from its new store in Cockermouth. Cyclists can try out exceptional new road bikes and quiz the brand experts on their specialist knowledge between 9.30am and 4.30pm. There’ll be rides out on the hour on the back roads around the town – please bring photo identification and a bank card to take a test bike for a spin. Brands available include Look, Scott, Cube, Ritte and Colnago.