Not exactly cross relevant, but good training nonetheless, I had the opportunity to do a couple of rides in the Lakes during a 2 day work conference last week.
After being cooped up indoors all day, it was great to unwind on the gradual continental style, smooth tarmac climb up the Pass from Windermere and the blast down to Ullswater. A rapid reassessment of available light and time and it was straight back up the much more British 1 in 5 approach that I had just come down.
The following day Great Langdale and Little Langdale were a suitable backdrop for a short but sharp ride, the low cloud and mist swirling ominously around Harrison Stickle and the Langdale Pikes as I passed through. The Lakes is a sensational place to ride and whilst the climbs are not as big as in high mountains, they are just as memorable in many ways.
The seeds of a do at the Fred Whitton Challenge have begun to take shape............