If you’re not familiar with the 3 Peaks, it’s generally thought to be the biggest and toughest cyclo-cross event in the UK. The sheer amount of stamina, endurance and determination required to conquer Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent consecutively is inspirational. I’ve always wanted to, but never before dared to apply. Although I’m fitter and healthier than I’ve ever felt before, just making the finish line is my main goal.
My preparation for 3 Peaks has been a mixed combination of fell running and cycling on and off road. Fell running is completely new to me and I’ve got to say I’m hooked! I’ve tried to incorporate fell running into day to day life, beginning with a run up Binsey most mornings, throwing in runs at the base of Helvellyn, as my stamina has improved.
I’ve roped in friends and family to help motivate me along the way. As for the cyclo-cross training, I’ve been across Skiddaw every evening in a vain hope that it would prepare me for the rocky tracks of the 3 Peaks. The climbs are steep and exhausting, but it’s the reward of a scenic descent that keep you going!
Carrying my cyclo-cross bike when the terrain becomes un-rideable, is one of the toughest parts of the 3 Peaks challenge. It’s only 9kg, but feels so much heavier especially as the climbs gets steeper.
The Solway has been a great place to train, the roads are so quiet and the early morning sunrise is unbeatable. It’s not always been plain sailing (or cycling?!), with one recent ride ending with me headfirst in a stream, my bike was damaged in the fall (fork and brake), but it’s now been repaired and primed, ready for Sunday.
My diet has improved naturally as I’ve focused on training, although the odd Snickers bar has called to me in moments of low self restraint! Typically, in this, my final week of training, I’ve managed to succumb to a cold, thanks to my children for sharing their germs! I’m now on the mend and intend to enjoy a few days of well earned rest before the big day. Have I done enough to prepare? Who knows! I’ll tell you on Monday!
Cycling Jewellery and Gifts
Do you know someone participating in the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross? Why not give them the ultimate keepsake – one of our sterling silver cycling-themed trinkets. We’ve included some of our favourites below. If you wish to see any of the pieces in more detail, click the image.
You can customise the design of any jewellery piece to however you wish with our bespoke service, including engraving, coloured metals and gemstones.