I may be wrong, but I suspect that this excellent tale of an ‘also ran’ was written by British Cycling’s media man Phil Ingham

There’s a sense of having turned the corner as I leave Whernside behind. Two climbs have gone with only one to come. The giant railway viaduct re-asserts man’s determination to tame nature. I’m getting too poetic and nearly crash on an innocuous grass tussock. Keep your mind on the job.