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    Other Esoteric Rounds

    I am wondering given the popularity of the BG, what other alternatives there are, perhaps involving 2 disciplines like the Frog Graham.

    I am aware of the Lakes Classic Rock route which combines running and climbing but are there others out there possibly including cycling or linked scrambling routes that are "officialish" challenges.

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    3 Peaks of Britain by bicycle instead of the usual 'corporate car door slamming'.

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    The Scottish 4000s with a bike ride between the Cairngorms and Nevis range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gej View Post
    The Scottish 4000s with a bike ride between the Cairngorms and Nevis range.
    Good one gej

    That one slipped my mind - I was involved with marshalling when it was run as a duathlon race in 2001 & 2003 - it could be expanded to a Scottish coast to coast, with the 2x '4,000's running sections' to break up the bike ride.

    Also, my good friend and club mate YDT had a linear running route in Wales that encompassed Yr Wyddfa, Cadair Idris and Plynlimmon. There would be nothing to stop you from connecting those three by bicycle.
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    National 3 peaks by Boat.
    Someone from Dark Peak (Gavin Williams I think?) did the national 3 peaks in 24h by running, bike and public transport. Definitely need to stick to the schedule and hope there are no replacement bus services on that one!
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    A Greater Traverse: not so 'outlandish' as Red and Black but a big outing.

    Like the BG, it follows a grand history: first written up on toilet paper by a PoW, confiscated and re-written: a chapter in Mountaineering in Scotland https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=9348.

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    [QUOTE=wheezing donkey;634823]3 Peaks of Britain by bicycle instead of the usual 'corporate car door slamming'.

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    My brother was involved in 3 unsuccessful attempts at this in the '80S (?) when there was a particularly active group of people working at Impact Training in the Lakes. If my memory serves me correctly each one ended up with bike crashes and someone in A&E, and only on the third attempt did two of the three people continue but they missed the record by about a half hour after suffering very cold wet weather around Glencoe and on the Ben. At that time I think the record was about 40 hours. I don't know what it is now but I remember him telling me that it probably couldn't be broken because upgrades to motorway meant that the roads you could use we less direct. Maybe someone can update the story?!

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    The triathlon of Windermere, Fred Whitton and BG? I think that's been done a few times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    3 Peaks of Britain by bicycle instead of the usual 'corporate car door slamming'.

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    My brother was involved in 3 unsuccessful attempts at this in the '80S (?) when there was a particularly active group of people working at Impact Training in the Lakes. If my memory serves me correctly each one ended up with bike crashes and someone in A&E, and only on the third attempt did two of the three people continue but they missed the record by about a half hour after suffering very cold wet weather around Glencoe and on the Ben. At that time I think the record was about 40 hours. I don't know what it is now but I remember him telling me that it probably couldn't be broken because upgrades to motorway meant that the roads you could use we less direct. Maybe someone can update the story?!
    recent activity on 3peaks bike/run: new record time

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    Good one gej

    That one slipped my mind - I was involved with marshalling when it was run as a duathlon race in 2001 & 2003 - it could be expanded to a Scottish coast to coast, with the 2x '4,000's running sections' to break up the bike ride.

    Also, my good friend and club mate YDT had a linear running route in Wales that encompassed Yr Wyddfa, Cadair Idris and Plynlimmon. There would be nothing to stop you from connecting those three by bicycle.
    I recall that Tom Gibbs holds the record for the 4 peaks (carry on to include pen y fan) of Wales by bike and foot, sub 11 hours I think - going some!!!

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