A great first-timer blog from the 2016 race by Antony Hall.
Back onto gravel. One last peak, Pen-y-Ghent. 2 way system. Gradient increases. Time to empty the tank. I give it everything, gaining a few places. I trained alot on similar loose rock climbs, but never while this exhausted. Avoiding the oncoming descending riders I try to take a couple of places, accelerating to gain momentum to float over the looser sections of rock to get to the next area where it looks like I can get some traction. but going into the red like this will cost me. I just know I need to