Typhoon Conqueror 2012
Charity cycle challenge across the country on mountain bikes
On Sat 7 Apr 12, three members of Typhoon Sqn left Loughborough with their support driver also from Typhoon Sqn with the aim to cycle across the country from St Bee’s to Robin Hood’s Bay. After arriving we got an early night to prepare for the numerous miles that were ahead of us over the next few days.
Early Easter Sunday we drove down to the beach at St Bee’s and rode the bikes down onto the sand to take a few pictures before we started. Once we set off we followed mostly cycle ways and bridle ways however these still managed to be too challenging for OCdt Clarkson who managed to fall off whilst riding on the road around a tight corner. Fortunately the weather wasn’t too bad on the first day which enabled us to travel 70km with the majority of the route off road. We finished the first day in Ambleside after crossing Black Sail Pass as the weather finally came in on us.
Starting the second day on a very wet morning in Ambleside we set off having decided that it would be better to take the road for the majority of the route since it would be impossible to ride most of the bridleways. This enabled us to cover a fair amount of distance which in turn allowed us to end the day slightly earlier in Kirkby Stephen, which was greatly appreciated by all three of the shivering bikers.
The morning of the third day started off slightly better however all was to change once we reached the North Yorkshire Dales where it suddenly began to hail. We reached Richmond in quick time so carried on cycling with the aim to complete the distance as quick as possible. We continued to push into the North Yorkshire Dales so that we would have less to ride on the last day. After covering over 100 miles across the country everyone was relieved when we finally reached Castleton where we stayed the night.
After a well deserved rest we embarked on our last leg which would take us into Robin Hood’s Bay. The weather started off wet however as we continued to eat up the miles the weather got better with us arriving in Robin Hood’s Bay just before lunch time. Those who have completed the trip before were aware of the daunting hill back from the beach which has an incline of 30%. After a few pictures by the water we crawled up the hill and had finished the coast to coast route.
We opted to complete the route in as quick as time as possible and have set a new record for DTUS at 3.25 days beating last year which was 4.5 days. We also chose the sqn charity as the charity we would raise money for and a link to the just giving page can be found below.