The loneliness of Penyghent Lane…
Hands down my favourite shot of yours truly at the Peaks this year. Geoff Waugh has form with the Peaks already, though he is best known as a multi award winning photographer specialising in mtb and pro road cycling. His dark film of 2012 superbly captured the epic conditions of last years race and contrasts nicely with this sunny, though somehow lonely, shot of me on Penyghent Lane shortly before Crampgate. Geoff concurred about the loneliness, commenting that he felt it was a ‘solitary race with lots of riders’. Sure feels like that…

The loneliness of Penyghent Lane…

Hands down my favourite shot of yours truly at the Peaks this year. Geoff Waugh has form with the Peaks already, though he is best known as a multi award winning photographer specialising in mtb and pro road cycling.

His dark film of 2012 superbly captured the epic conditions of last years race and contrasts nicely with this sunny, though somehow lonely, shot of me on Penyghent Lane shortly before Crampgate. Geoff concurred about the loneliness, commenting that he felt it was a ‘solitary race with lots of riders’. Sure feels like that…

#29late 30 days of peaks 

The race

So the aftermath arrives - stories swapped about being blown off the bike in the wind, snatched reacquaintances, the relief of finishing in one piece, bittersweet with a below target performance, beer drunk, big gathering of friends after, the whole post Peaks experience.

The actual race for me? Went out hard over Ingleborough and was going well, pushed onto Whernside still well up on previous efforts but struggling with being tall with a large bike in the wind. Starting to get hungry down to Ribblehead wasn’t a good sign and the flaws in my eating and drinking started to appear. By the turn high on Penyghent, the cramp was complete, forcing a sit down, contemplative moment lasting several minutes. And then a limp to the summit and back. No magic PB and 10 minutes or so lost. 

Lessons learned on a tougher than anticipated day due to the wind and sun. Another one in the bank.Pic: Phil Haygarth

#29late 30 days of peaks

The race

So the aftermath arrives - stories swapped about being blown off the bike in the wind, snatched reacquaintances, the relief of finishing in one piece, bittersweet with a below target performance, beer drunk, big gathering of friends after, the whole post Peaks experience.

The actual race for me? Went out hard over Ingleborough and was going well, pushed onto Whernside still well up on previous efforts but struggling with being tall with a large bike in the wind. Starting to get hungry down to Ribblehead wasn’t a good sign and the flaws in my eating and drinking started to appear. By the turn high on Penyghent, the cramp was complete, forcing a sit down, contemplative moment lasting several minutes. And then a limp to the summit and back. No magic PB and 10 minutes or so lost.

Lessons learned on a tougher than anticipated day due to the wind and sun. Another one in the bank.

Pic: Phil Haygarth