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Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby GSVBagpuss » Fri Nov 09, 2012 09:55 am

A friend at work is turning 50 next year and wants to make it a memorable one by doing the Three Peaks Challenge by bike, and is looking for people to go with him. It would be 460 miles cycling and the three climbs, starting from Ben Nevis and ending at Snowdon.

Has anyone done this? I've done a 100 sportive in 7:15 with stops with no aches of pains at all so am hoping 150 miles each day should be fine. We'll have a support team / van etc and my friend has done LEJOG (on a tandem!) so he should be fine too. The record is a staggering 46 hours including just 25 minuts sleep! but we'll be aiming for more like 72 hours I imagine.

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Re: Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby Aquavista97 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 21:15 pm

GSVBagpuss wrote:A friend at work is turning 50 next year and wants to make it a memorable one by doing the Three Peaks Challenge by bike, and is looking for people to go with him. It would be 460 miles cycling and the three climbs, starting from Ben Nevis and ending at Snowdon.

Has anyone done this? I've done a 100 sportive in 7:15 with stops with no aches of pains at all so am hoping 150 miles each day should be fine. We'll have a support team / van etc and my friend has done LEJOG (on a tandem!) so he should be fine too. The record is a staggering 46 hours including just 25 minuts sleep! but we'll be aiming for more like 72 hours I imagine.


Hmmmmm. I may just be interested in this as a challenge, but I do not see how the timings can work for mere mortals. Fort William to Wasdale Head is 260 miles, and am not sure that is achievable (for most people at least) in a day........so would the plan be to climb Ben Nevis and then just cycle as far as possible the same day then camp somewhere or example.? I assume also you are looking at June/July time?

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Re: Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby Brakeless » Mon Nov 12, 2012 19:05 pm

Do you realise how many people do the 3 peaks 'challenge' every summer. You'll more than likely be walking up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike with literally hundreds of other people. The erosion and litter and associated problems these 'challanges' lead to has actually led to the British Mountaineering Council encouraging people to look for other 'challenges' in the Mountains. There's alot more than 3 mountains in the UK. There's over 280 Munro's in Scotland!

This is worth reading http://www.thebmc.co.uk/three-peaks-challenge
Summer: A frame, two wheels, some gears bla bla bla
Winter: A frame, two wheels, some gears, a load of muck bla bla bla

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Re: Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby stephenlloyd » Tue Nov 13, 2012 16:55 pm

you should check out sean conway, he cycled around the world last year but did the 3 peaks a few weeks back in a long weekend. He has a details blog of his experience on his site seanconway.com. hope this helps.

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Re: Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby GSVBagpuss » Fri Nov 16, 2012 13:43 pm

Aquavista97 wrote:Hmmmmm. I may just be interested in this as a challenge, but I do not see how the timings can work for mere mortals. Fort William to Wasdale Head is 260 miles, and am not sure that is achievable (for most people at least) in a day........so would the plan be to climb Ben Nevis and then just cycle as far as possible the same day then camp somewhere or example.? I assume also you are looking at June/July time?


It's going to be in May, and I / we are guessing at at least 4/5 days to complete it. I think 150 miles each day and 3 climbs is too much, but make that 100 miles each day plus 3 climbs and I think it beocmes in reach. We'd be cycling with a support van for all our stuff so nothing to carry up the hills.

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Re: Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby GSVBagpuss » Fri Nov 16, 2012 13:45 pm

Brakeless wrote:Do you realise how many people do the 3 peaks 'challenge' every summer. You'll more than likely be walking up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike with literally hundreds of other people. The erosion and litter and associated problems these 'challanges' lead to has actually led to the British Mountaineering Council encouraging people to look for other 'challenges' in the Mountains. There's alot more than 3 mountains in the UK. There's over 280 Munro's in Scotland!

This is worth reading http://www.thebmc.co.uk/three-peaks-challenge


I appreciate that the 3 peaks are some well climbed routes, but the appeal is to cover the three iconic climbs. If we lived nearer some ranges then we could use those, but living down south means we have ot go north and then if we're going all that way, we would want to do the "big ones".

Thanks for the link though - we'll see what we can do to reduc eour imapct on the surroundings.

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Re: Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby jibi » Thu Dec 13, 2012 22:30 pm

I did this way back ay Uni...72 hours...and 10 bloody minutes...
go for it....I did it in February , freezing cold and short days...from
Fort william to Canaervon...you have to be sea level to sea level...
have great fun...I did

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Re: Three peaks challenge by bike

Postby natrix » Thu Dec 20, 2012 09:59 am

Make sure that your bikes are in good condition. A couple of blokes I vaguely know attempted this last year on a tandem (unsupported) and had to give up due to mechanical failures.

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