We received the following response from Dave Middlemas after posting our advised route for road cyclists doing the C2C. Many thanks Dave – will others take up the 10 hour challenge…?
Did Whitehaven to Tynemouth on a road bike yesterday in ten hours dead. Would agree with all of the above except if you are going to Tynemouth the descent from Consett to Rowlands Gill via the Derwent Valley Railway Walk section could be a bit rough on road wheels although it is a lovely stretch. It gets little sun and takes a long time to dry after rain. Despite a relatively dry spell I found it a bit muddy and bumpy in places. Had to remove sunglasses to get a greater view of the path which I prefer not to do when flies abound. Waskerley to Consett railway can be done easily on road bike as it is a much better (gravel) surface.