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REPORT: Coast to Coast in a Day 2015 & News on Entries for 2016

by Nick Gregory

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With 4,500m of ascent across 150 miles and taking in some of the most iconic climbs in the UK, including the infamous Hardknott and Wrynose passes, the Coast to Coast in a Day event is not for the fainthearted.

Nevertheless, Saturday 26 June saw 825 riders set off in near perfect conditions for the ride which passes through 3 of the country's most stunning National Parks: the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

After dipping their wheels in the west coast sand at Seascale, a cool start up into Eskdale gave riders amazing views of the first much anticipated and much feared ascent of Hardknott, swiftly followed by Wrynose. But the pay back for the lung-busting climb was a beautiful run down to Windermere and onto the Ferry to cross the lake.

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Cheered by supporters, relieved and happy cyclists arrived at the first feed station in Kendal as the sun started to warm up and legs began to bed in for the rest of the ride. A welcome tail wind gently pushed riders on out of Cumbria and into the slightly more forgiving Yorkshire Dales.

And yet that niggle at the back of their minds was always there - that the steep climbing was nowhere near finished: the North York Moors, and in particular the fabled Limber Hill, loomed large for tired legs after 130 miles.

For almost 12 hours, between 2.30 p.m. Saturday and 2.15 a.m. Sunday, weary but elated riders finally reached the carnival atmosphere of the east coast finish at Whitby where family, friends and supporters were waiting on the grass to cheer them in and celebrate their success.

It was a wonderful day for all involved, from participants to family, friends, supporters and indeed, the Open Cycling team who made it all happen.

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A few interesting statistics from the day:

  • 4 feed stations run by 32 staff
  • 7 support riders
  • 6 bike mechanics
  • 5 medics
  • 3 official event photographers
  • 1,400 bananas
  • 4,000 packs of Open Cycling sweets
  • 15kg salted peanuts
  • 50kg of cheese

"A year and a bit after first throwing my leg over a road bike, at the age of 46, I managed to ride both passes and came home in 9:46. When I saw Gold on the official time slip at the end I was so chuffed I almost blubbed! Great day, great weather, great organisation and great fellow riders. Well done to everyone who finished," said one rider.

Official photos of the event can be found on the Open Cycling Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/opencycling.

Cyclosport's Nick Gregory rode the event last year. You can read his review HERE

Entries open midday Monday 6 July for the 2016 Coast to Coast in a Day which will take place on Saturday June 25th.

For more information visit www.opencycling.com/coast-to-coast-in-a-day/.





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