Phone contactJohn Sutcliffe: 0788 773 1552
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Tough Road Cycle Rides

Tough Rides - Know your cycling performance level

These rides are only for cyclists who train regularly and train hard. There are severe climbs over the Lakeland passes with gradients of 30% followed by steep twisting descents, one after another over distances exceeding 100 miles. These are extra challenging routes and only for the fittest of cyclists as the conditions on the top of the passes can be extreme. These rides are only available as self guided.

Recommended hire bikes for these rides:

Flagship bikes and Road Bikes

Training for the Fred Whitton Challenge

Please read Graham's posts on Facebook to see what is needed to try to achieve a sub 8 hour time. Also keep up with longer posts on our News section.

The Fred Whitton Challenge..... still Britain's toughest cycling ....112 miles.....3950 meters of ascent.


This epic ride is a fantastic opportunity for individuals, clubs and groups to complete one of the most challenging cycling adventures in the country.


TACX Training for the Fred Whitton Challenge

Graham training for the 2016 Fred Whitton Challenge on our TACX Turbo trainers.  Our TACX Neo is available to hire for local or visiting cyclists.

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Bike Hire for the Fred Whitton Challenge


I have a selection of Titanium and Trek Madone carbon road bikes all suitably geared for the Fred Whitton rides. Please see for full details.

Due to the wear and tear to tyres and brake pads there is a £20 surcharge on the daily rates of bike hire, as this ride tests the bike as much as the rider!

All bikes hired for this adventure will have 25m Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tyres on the wheels for maximum grip and endurance in all conditions.

Cycle Ride prices

£35 (2-3 hour ride) + £20 each additional person

£35 (2-3 hour ride) + £20 each additional person

Whole Day:
£70 (5-6 hour ride with lunch break) + £40 each additional person

Pre booking and payment is essential.

To book now and for more information, email John or call 0788 773 1552 or text LT for a call back.

Fees correct as of 25 July 2017

Park and Ride

Here at Lowick we have free parking while you are away cycling together with toilet facilities. If you are travelling up to the Lakes for a day's cycling anyone hiring a bike or taking a bike tour can have a complimentary hot shower at the conclusion of the day's event, please bring your own towel. Similarly if you wish to start and finish the Fred Whitton from Lowick, parking and a free shower are complimentary together with a cuppa and cake on your return.

quotemarks lMy son and I enjoyed a fantastic guided ride this week with John. We experience quiet roads that we would never have found on our own. We passed lakes mountains the seaside and a 12th century abbey all within the 54 mile round trip. John explained the history and the geography of all the sites we were enjoying, and the watering holes for morning coffee and lunch were great. We brought our own bikes that were put to shame against the wonderful selection of titanium and carbon road bikes that John offers for hire. We live in North Manchester so we can get to the Lake District in under two hours, so it is our intention to return as soon as possible to continue to explore the South Lakes with John's guidance.quotemarks r

David Samuels