Q and A

We want to hear any questions you might have about tackling the route and invite your comments after having done so.

So this is a Q&A format. I am also interested to hear about the HIGH points and the LOW points of your trip.

Plus your TOP TIPS for tackling Britains most popular ride.

But keep it short and snappy. For longer trip accounts, please post on Your C2C Trips.

Get scribbling! Ask your question here.

Any helpful tips?

December 3rd, 2012 by Mark

Myself and a fellow cyclist are planning to do this route in one day for a local charity in the summer.  Does anyone have any training tips for this?  I have done parts of the route on a mountain bike, doing the Wainwright route, but that was over a few days.  We will be riding … [Read More]

Which bike?

June 10th, 2012 by Mark

Q: I am an experienced [amateur] road/time trial rider wanting a different challenge for this summer. My question:  Should I use Wilier carbon road bike 39/53 and 11/26 with schwalbe marathon plus 25s, or Planet X Uncle John cyclocross with flat bars, compact chainset and 11/28 with the same tyres.  I’m planning on a two-day … [Read More]

Where to end it

June 10th, 2012 by Mark

Q: I’m planning on attempting the C2C for the first time this year. Which point would you recommend ending at, Sunderland or Newcastle? Is there much difference in the route (terrain, views etc) Also is it possible to end the route in Whitby, if it is how many more miles would this add to the … [Read More]

Road v hybrid

March 19th, 2012 by Mark

Okay folks – here is the definitive answer to the most commonly asked question: what bike to use when tackling the C2C. But bear with me because it takes time to explain, and there are several answers! Touring bikes and hybrids are best. Mountain bikes are okay but they’re very hard work, especially if you … [Read More]

$64,000 question

March 19th, 2012 by Mark

Dear Mark, Please could you tell me if this route is suitable for a road (racing) bike, Thanks very much Clive Roughly half of the route is traffic-free. If you stick Michelin Pro Optimum or somesuch on you’ll be fine. Or you can avoid the traffic-free bits by following parallel roads. I don’t promote the … [Read More]

Training notes

March 6th, 2012 by Mark

Q: I’m 14 and active and I was hoping to do the C2C as a 4-day ride for charity with my friend, who’s 15. I was hoping you could tell me how much training I would have to do to be ready and the scale and quanity of the hills we’d be tackling. Thanks Alex. … [Read More]

Fast track

March 6th, 2012 by Mark

Q: Having done a scenic C2C last year following the national cycle routes from Whitehaven to Sunderland, we are tackling the route again but planning a 12 hour road dash taking the shortest, easiest, quickest route. We plan on a 5.30am start from Workington which is 9 miles shorter than Whitehaven and cuts out the … [Read More]

Getting to and fromQ

March 5th, 2012 by Mark

Q: Hi, I’ve been really looking into doing the Coast To Coast route for sometime now, I wouldn’t say i’m superfit but am at average fitness.  I am competant on a pushbike and have vast experience in road riding. My only worry is, how to get to the starting point and how to get home … [Read More]

Rookhope alternative?

March 2nd, 2012 by Mark

Q: Hello, we are planning to do the C2C but hope to cycle from Rookhope to Bishop Auckland instead. It would be brilliant to get some advice if anyone knows the nature of this journey. We are looking for the best route with least hills! Thank Iona A: I have plotted an alternative from Hownsgill … [Read More]

Charity and accommodation

February 23rd, 2012 by Mark

Q: I’m getting people set to do the coast to coast with me preferably on the 15th May to raise money for the RVI Children’s Hospital in Newcastle after my daughter was admitted there for 4 years of her life, but sadly died the age of 4. Her name was Taylor Stallard from Hartlepool. I’m … [Read More]

What tyres? Thorny old question…

February 23rd, 2012 by Mark

Q: I bought the wife a 7.5 Trek for Xmas, believing the sales advice that the bike would be very suitable for the C2C, assuming we were doing the road route / purpose cycle paths but avoiding the designated off-road sections.  Since then though I have been getting conflicting advice saying that I need to … [Read More]

Direct action, MTB-style

July 4th, 2011 by Mark

Congratulations to the William Howard school, Brampton: its Mountain bike club did the C2C on Saturday 2nd July 2011 in just 24hours leaving Whitehaven at 11.00am and arriving in Tynemouth at 11.00am. They were raising money for their MTB club since the government have cut the funding. 30 riders, staff and students tackled the sponsered … [Read More]

Is booking necessary?

June 11th, 2011 by Mark

Hi C2C people: My partner & I are coming from Canada for an extended cycling trip and plan to cycle the C2C route from Aug 21 through 25.  How critical is it that we book rooms on the route in advance?  We would prefer to end the day when our legs let us know they … [Read More]

The great tyre question…

April 18th, 2011 by Mark

Hi there. I only have a road bike and am due to cycle from Whitehaven to Tynemouth next weekend. Would a road bike with road tyres be OK? (I’m not too technical minded so that’s the best way I can describe the bike). My main concern is that the bike has no suspension and some … [Read More]

Hire power

April 4th, 2011 by Mark

We would like to hire bikes at one end and give them back at the other.  Is that possible?  Do you know of any hire places offering this service? Secondly – would this route be advisable on a tandem or not? We are fit and play a lot of sport, but do not cycle frequently. … [Read More]

GPS of the C2C, anyone?

April 1st, 2011 by Mark

Hi there, In a mad moment a little while ago I decided to run the route (I’ve cycled it already) to raise money for charity. I wondered if, as well as my route map on paper and explorer maps as back up if there is a gps (particularly for Garmin products) uploadable route as well. … [Read More]

Tyred of roads

March 30th, 2011 by chris

Q: Reading some of the trip accounts on your website (thanks) makes me a tad nervous. Like, the broken glass and reports of several flats near the Sunderland. I also note the many pictures that seem to show unpaved roads and rainy weather. I don’t mind a bit of warm rain, but the flats concern … [Read More]

Largest Group

March 30th, 2011 by chris

Q: Hi! What’s the biggest sized group ever to have done the C2C? Darryn Quayle. 23/10/09 A: That would be the C2C Charity Challenge last July, when 200 people from all over the UK did the route in two days. This year we expect more when we repeat the exercise on behalf of the RNLI.

Getting Started

March 30th, 2011 by chris

Q: Hello, i am currently starting to train for the C2C with roughly 6 – 8 friends doing the same. We are all 18 – 19 and this is the 1st time on the route. i would just like to know could you reccomend the best way in which we could get to the start … [Read More]

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