|Stephen Roche - Winner of the 1987 Tour De France, with me aged 5 during the 1988 Milk Race
From the age of five I grew up in Cumbria in the remote and hilly area of Alston Moor, I started cycling relatively early and entered my first MTB race at the age of nine. Cycling had always been in the family as older brother Jack, and dad Paul were also keen riders. After drifting away from cycling in my teens and early twenty's I rediscovered a passion for two wheels aged 27, and in the summer of 2010 I competed in a couple of MTB Enduros. My first was in the Scottish town of Selkirk, and the second down in wales.
|Me aged 27 at the end of the Selkirk MTB Marathon
|XC Racing in Adelaide, Australia
I returned home in February 2012, then in August of the same year bought my first road bike and joined Penrith based cycling club, the Beacon Wheelers. Since switching mainly to road cycling I've enjoyed trying a little bit of everything, local hill climb and time trial events, hilly sportives such as the 'Fred Whitton Challenge', a small amount of road racing and simply training on all the beautiful roads the North Pennines has to offer .
|Moments before setting off for the 2014 'Fred Whitton Challenge'
In May 2014 I heard about 'Everesting' and over the course of the summer I completed the challenge on four separate occasions:
- Great Dun Fell (Significant)
- Hardknott Pass (Short)
- Chapel Wood House (Soil)
- Causey Way Hill (Suburban)
These four rides were all done over the space of ten weeks and were enough to complete the 'Everesting' SSSS Elite Category for the first time.
|Summit of Great Dun Fell after completing my first 'Everest'