Just signed up for this next year. Anyone done it? Thoughts, tips, comments welcome.
Would you recommend trying Hardknott before or just take it on on the day?
Not sure if this is a formal thing or not, but a mate and I did it a couple of weeks back albeit we didn't do Hardknott though as we were further North. We did Whitehaven to Tynemouth taking in Whinlatter, Hartside, Nenthead and Crawleyside Bank.
Don't think I can suggest anything other than just getting out riding really - the climbs always make me hungry, so take a few bits and top up where you can...enjoy!
I did this 2017 with a mate.
Great event very well organised with Hardknott closed to traffic, which made life a whole lot easier.
I too had anxiety relating to the climb and watched several videos prior to riding it as research (probably wouldn't recommend that !)
On the day the climb comes very early on and its a case of dig deep and suffer, we were determined to make it up without stopping and both did, the lack of traffic helping a great deal.
Once Hardknott is out the way you can relax and enjoy the rest of the ride, the section coming off the top of the moors is a particular highlight of mine.
Nothing really to replicate it where i live , although i did do Buschome Lane in the Cotswolds a week before as it too has brutal gradients.
The only advice i can give is pace yourself, use the feed stations, it's a lumpy 150 miles, but well worth it.