Whitstable or bust: Foxgrove CC day at the seaside

Back in early June, Liz Pepper suggested a club ride to Whitstable for early August.  Depending on the route, total distance would be 100-120 kms (65-75 miles to old codgers like me) and about 1000 metres of climbing.  At Foxgrove we tend to run two levels of cycling group.  An ‘elite team’ known for their speed (16-18 mph average) and amazing exploits in the more challenging events and sportives such as L’Etape, Maratona, Ride London and so on.  Oh, and their ability to consume vast quantities of lager!  The second ‘leisure group’ who are just as keen on their cycling but usually happy with shorter distances and 12-14 mph average speeds. click here for more..

Foxgrove Fab 6 take on The Fred Whitton Challenge

The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.

The ride is a real challenge and everyone who completes it has a true sense of achievement. The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is a charity event in honour of the late Fred Whitton who was a great advocate for cycle sport in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It is with respect to Fred and his ideals that the event remains just that, ‘a challenge’. Fred, who died aged just 50 in 1998, was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club.

The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.

The very top riders complete the route in just under six hours but eleven hours and over are not uncommon for the average Sportive rider. This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback the hardest one day ride in the UK, the event includes all the Lakeland passes, one with a 30% gradient and this comes at 98 miles.

Good luck Colin, Perry, Steve, Nigel, Tobias & Dave

Two clubs combine to tackle mammoth events

Saturday 31st March saw the coming together of two great local cycling clubs. Bigfoot and Foxgrove CC. 

10 members training for some epic events coming up. Not least the infamous Dragon Devil ride in the Brecon Beacons. Which will see our two clubs merge again to tackle 305km and 4,000 metres of climbing. 

Check out our Strava uploads yesterday. 

We shared many moments yesterday some struggles and some highs like sitting outside around a huge round table at a lovely pub eating poached eggs with avocado on toast making new friends all in the drizzle. Mamils!