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Altura Gravity Stage Race

Pictures from the  Altura Gravity Stage Race which took place in Whinlatter Forest on Saturday 31 May 2014. The photos can be viewed and purchased from Racingsnakes.com The race was also sponsored by Cyclewise (based at Whinlatter visitor centre) and The Forestry Commision who do a great job of looking after the Forest in the Lake District National Park.  The other main sponsor was Altura (a brand of cycling wear)   There were six stages to test the mountain bike riders as they rode around the Whinlatter Forest Mountain Bike trails, many of the trails had been built for the event . Each of the stages were timed with electronic timing (sportident timing system). The riders dibbed their electronic punch at the top of the runs as they started, the riders also did the same at the end of the stage with the Marshall stood on the finishing line. The time was not counted between the stages, so riders could take time to get their breath back.


Altura Gravity Whinlatter Stage Race

There were over 200 riders that raced, the results from the days racing are now available on the Sportsident website

Photos were taken at various points around the Whinlatter course.  Many were on stage 6 which was a narrow trail built through the thicket of the Forest.  This stage although not a long section was challenging. the line held well and the later riders benefited from a clearer route with burns starting to build allowing for faster cornering.

Etape du Dales

The Etape du Dales is a gruelling 112mile cycling sportive that set off from Threshfield (Grassington) in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The route climbs over a number of significant hills inluding Fleet Moss, Buttertubs, Tan House Hill, Coal Road and Dale Head.  The total amount of climbing (and descent) is 9170 feet (2795 meters).

The first 10 miles of the route follows the Tour De France (Le Grand Depart) stage 1 from Threshfield to Buckden.  The route then peels off to do the brutal but beautiful climb over Fleet Moss at about 18 miles into the route, there is then a long before descent into the small Dales town of Hawes.  When in Hawes the Etape du Dales rejoins the Tour de France stage 1 route to ascend the Buttertubs pass at about 25 miles into the route.  The Buttertubs Pass has an official category 3 rating for the Tour De France and is a popular climb with cyclists trying to gain the King of the Mountains on the Strava app.  The route continues into Swaledale before leaving the TdF route before it reaches Reeth at Low Row.  The Etape du Dales then heads off to climb the Tan House Hill but first there is the climb over to Arkengarthdale. Tan house hill is at about 46 miles into the route.  Before starting its homeward leg.  At 70 miles the Old Coal Road is a hard climb with all those miles in the legs, it passes Dent Station the highest mainline railway station in the UK before descending into the pretty vally bottom. The Etape du Dales continues along the vally gently climbing at first before another big climb from Stonehouse towards Newby Head.  A descent is then enjoyed to iconic Ribblehead viaduct and continues to Stainforth before the final big hill of the day climbing to Dalehead at aproximately 90 miles.

Etape Du Dales cycling sportive

The route of Etape du Dales is a cycling sportive challenge and is not officially a race (however the fastest time for completing the route is just a little over 5 hours and 43 mins).

The ride is organised by the Dave Raynor Fund. The Dave Rayner Fund was set up in his memory on 12 January 1995, to help riders make a career from racing on the continent. (Wikipedia)

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos 2014 will be posted on Racing Snakes photo albums soon after the race, the pictures link will be live once the photos are published.  The photos of the Fred Whitton Challenge can also be seen on my Facebook page here Fred Whitton 2014

The Fred Whitton challenge is a 112 mile challenge cycling sportive around the Lake District National Park.  The Fred Whitton Challenge route starts and finishes from the Showground in Grasmere.  The route goes in an anti-clockwise direction and takes in the Cols (mountain passes) at Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands Hause, Whinlatter, Hardknott, and Wrynose.  This sportive is recognised as one of the hardest cycling sportives in the country, it has 10,779 ft (3285 meters) of ascent.  The ascent over the Harknott pass is one of the steepest roads in the UK with 30% gradient, and this is in the latter end of the route so the legs are tired. The full route of the Fred Whitton Challenge can be seen here

The fastest time will be around the 5 hours and 50 mins mark with the slowest time around double that at 12 hours 30 mins. The Fred Whitton Challenge is expected to attract around 2000 riders.  There are various feed stations and check points on the route.  The ride is very well organised and has become the ‘must do’ sportive of many riders and thus has become one of the most popular rides in the sportive calendar and usually sells out well in advance of the ride.Fred2

Fell Running Photos

Fell Running Photographs – Fell Race Photos

Racingsnakes has a great selection of fell running photos, pictures and images taken at Fell Races throughout the Country. Most of the big fell races have an an album of photos.  The fellrunning photos can be purchased from the website in both digital image or printed photographs.  The images and Photos of the fell runners at fell races  are contained in albums on the racingsnakes website on the photo page.    Many of the fell-running images and photos are also shared as albums on http://facebook.com/racingsnakes  Most fell races take part in the North West of England in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.  Many of the pictures of the fell runners have been taken on Mountain Tops and remote areas to capture the essence of the fell races.  Fell running races are mostly carried out in the North of England on rough mountainous areas.  Fell races are common in The Peaks District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland  and the Lake District (Cumbria).  The term ‘fell’ is taken from Old Norse name, fjall, meaning “mountain”.  Fell running races take place throughout the year. The governing body for full running is the FRA (Fell Runners Association).

Ricky Lightfoot, 3 peaks winner 2014

Ricky Lightfoot the winner of the 2014 3 Peaks Fell Race

Each year there is a British and an English Fell running championship.  Details of the 2014 British and English races can be found on this link.

Other notable fell races are the Lake District classic fell races (a series of fell races in the Lake District National Park), which are made up of the fell races, Ennerdale Horseshoe, Duddon Valley, Wasdale, Borrowdale, Three Shires and the Langdale Horseshoe.

The Ben Nevis Fell Race – This race summits the highest mountain in Great Britain.  The Snowdon Fell Race – This race summits the highest mountain in Wales and th The Three Peaks fell race – A 26 mile races around Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

fell running photo

Rhys Finley-Robinson at Black Comb Fell Race 2014

Most fell races are listed on the FRA website and also racingsnakes.com although there are some held locally my other running clubs that do not appear on the website.  Strict safety rules usually apply as the fell races often take place in remote and mountainous areas.  This includes carrying some mandatory kit usually including full waterproof body cover, map, whistle and compass.  Apart from the mandatory kit little else is required apart from some grippy running shoes (fell running shoes). Some races are marked out with flags and tape but most of the longer races are not and offer open route choice from control point to control point.   The fastest person to run the course wins, there are often team prizes for running and fell running clubs.