8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

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Austin Wilcock
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8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby Austin Wilcock » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:41 pm

Throughout this year Vagabond Suzanne Harrison (Susie) will be completing the 8 toughest sportive routes as advertised by Cycling Weekly.
Susie is taking on this huge challenge to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society in memory of her mother who died from complications due to Dementia in 2016.

If you wish to make a donation please go to her Just Giving page. (sorry but I don't know how to insert a direct link)
Susie starts her challenge in Scotland this Easter, taking on the 89ml route with 7000ft of ascent including Britain's longest climb, Belach Na Ba
(if you are still to plan your Easter break feel free to join her at Kinlochewe over the Easter weekend)

Susie thanks you for your donations in advance and extends an invitation to any Tyneside Vagabonds who may like to join her on any of the other rides she plans to complete which are listed below.

Forest of Bowland 22nd April 100ml with 8,074ft ascent start Milnthorpe Cumbria
Tour of the Peaks 12th May 115ml with 10,000ft of ascent start Bakewell Derbyshire
Wiggle Sussex Gran Fondo 122ml with 4,963ft of ascent start Fontwell West Sussex (this is the actual date of the event and Susie has entered, so if you intend to join her for this ride you will need to enter the event)
Fred Whitton 9th June 122ml 12,467ft of ascent start Grasmere
The Monster 23rd June 186ml with 21,325ft of ascent start Llandovery Wales

July/Aug dates tbc for Struggle on the Moors 110ml with 10,239ft of ascent start Ampleforth Abbey North Yorkshire
and Scarborough Sportive route 120ml with 11,000ft of ascent.

If you wish to contact Susie regarding a donation or joining her on one or more of the rides tel. her on 07968392836
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*remember apart from the Wiggle ride, Susie's rides will take place outside of the Sportive dates, so if you do join her you will not have entry fees to pay

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Re: 8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby Austin Wilcock » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:37 pm

On Easter Saturday in fantastic weather Susie completed the first of her 8 of the UK's hardest sportive routes rides for the Alzheimer's Society, the Belach Mor which included Britain's longest climb Belach Na Ba. The route was 90ml with 6,900ft of ascent. Accompanying her were her friend Graham and Vags Lynda and Austin. Susie's friend Gavin and Vag Ker provided encouragement, support and photographic duties.

A great weekend was had by all.
Next up Forest of Bowland sportive route on Sunday April 22nd starting at Milnthorpe Cumbria 100ml with 8,074ft of ascent. Any Vags wanting to join Susie on this ride contact her via the forum or her mobile (details on earlier post)
Or if you just want to donate to the Alzheimer's Society visit her Just Giving page.
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Re: 8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby Margie Jackson » Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:48 am

Many congratulations! That sounds a tough one. Good luck with the rest of the challenges.

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Re: 8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby Keith Aungiers » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:00 pm

Yes, very well done. The direct link to Suzanne's page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/suzanne-harrison4

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Re: 8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby David Croft » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:00 pm

Great stuff! I'm considering the Derbyshire Trip on 12th May.

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Re: 8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby Roger Clarke » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:17 pm

Wow, this is an amazingly hard challenge! Any one of these events would be worth sponsorship and some (most) of them sound horrendous. I always appreciate someone who really stretches themselves for a sponsored event, so Susie I'll sponsor you £5 for each event and make it up to £50 for finishing them all. The very best of luck, especially with the Monster!

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Re: 8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby Austin Wilcock » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:04 pm

Bowland update. Change of plan, Suzy will now be tackling the route as a sportive entrant on Sunday 15th April accompanied by Austin. Anyone else wanting to join us are very welcome but will have to register and pay the admission cost subject to availability.
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Re: 8 Toughest Sporive routes in the UK (Susie's Challenge)

Postby Austin Wilcock » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:09 am

Suzy's challenge update
Forest of Bowland ride completed yesterday, 100ml with 8,734ft of ascent. I'm a bit biased coming from Lancashire, but the riding around the Trough of Bowland is some of the best countryside in the country, and plenty of hills!
The weather was mostly kind to us dry and overcast but the headwind for the first 50mls made for tough going, but the tailwind ascending Cross of Greet was welcome, but the half hour of torrential rain 20mls from the end was not.

Next up Suzy is tackling Tour of the Peaks Saturday 12th May starting in Bakewell Derbyshire. I'll be on Vags MTT duties so will not be riding this one, but currently there are a couple of other Vags riding it with Suzy. If you are not involved in the MTT and fancy a mountain challenge of a different sort contact Suzy directly, or if you would simply like to make a donation to her Just Giving page follow the link posted earlier in the thread.
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