tandem in a loop around it's fells and valleys.
fitted the week before for those sharp ascents. Pictured above is Jubilee Tower which is sited at the top of the climb from Quernmore.
Trough of Bowland which is a small valley which lead to our lunch spot in Whitewell at a great country pub, Inn at Whitewell. After this we had to ascend up the biggest climb of the day, up Lythe Fell Rd near White hill. This seemed to go on forever and by the time we reached the summit the sun was setting. Even on our lowest gear of 26 x 32t we just made it up the top of the 12% climb. This climb was a bit of a surprise, as even though I had studied the route on Google street view, I was fooled by the elevation profile provided by the navigation software I was using. The profile simply was wrong and we had a lot more climbing than I realised.
Despite all this, it still descends beautifully and is very responsive to subtle inputs, its brisk handling somewhat defying its tandem bike size and weight. At the end of the day my bike computer said we had ascended 1300m and covered 90km. This was a tough ride, particularly when the sun was dying and we were too, heaving up that last ascent in the bottom gear and then descending through dark unknown laneways in the middle of nowhere. Nonetheless it was certainly a great ride, thanks for reading.