The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Winter cycle training

Well, It's been the big thaw here in the Lakes with valley temperatures up to 6 degrees and the hills stripped of much of the snow.

This high pressure and warmer weather's been over the Lakes since Friday, so we thought we'd have a run out on the Cyclocross bikes today. 

Graham running an awkward section, on the way up to Farleton Knott

It was great to get out and stretch the legs, after the Brockhole event last weekend. Graham led me around one of his training runs, up onto Hutton Roof and then up and over Farleton Knott.

The ground was still hard and frosty from last nights freezing temperatures, which meant we had to take it a little easier on some of the steeper sections.

Graham descending off Hutton Roof

The air was crystal clear with fantastic views back across to the Howgills, Whernside and Ingleborough and North West across to the Old Man of Coniston, Gimmer, Pavey and the Central Lakes.

It just felt great to be out, not racing and able to just chew the fat and enjoy the day.

Enjoying the view from the summit of Farleton Knott

Graham's a long time mate and seasoned rider based here in the Lakes and there isn't many roads he hasn't cycled both here and in the Alps. But like me Graham's more recently been enjoying Cyclocross and it was inspiring to hear him talk so enthusiastically about it.

Graham coming off the summit of Farleton Knott

If you're into road cycling then check out the Cyclocross, you won't be disappointed.

I'm already checking the weather for our next run out!

Having said that, with the overnight temperatures below freezing and the daytime temps also dropping, it won't be long before I'm also getting out on the hill again hunting out the ice.


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