Steve Benton, 100 Climbs

Midnight finishes, kamikaze sheep on the road, careless drivers and even heart problems couldn't stop Steve Benton from completing Simon Warren's 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs in a mere thirteen days - without putting a foot down, naturally.

Seven months ago the idea of tacking the country's toughest and most famous ascents came to the Hampshire-based sports conditioning consultant: "I thought ‘sod it, why don't I just do them one after another?'" he recalls.

The other spur was fundraising for the Richard Burns Foundation, in memory of the world champion rally car driver he befriended and trained before his death in 2005 from a brain tumour. The toughest climbs for former bunch sprinter Benton were the Lake District's Hardknott Pass and Park Rash in Yorkshire Dales. "[After the latter] I slumped in the car, not sure if I could do this," he recalls. "But on an hourly basis, I'd be up, down, then mediocre. It was always changing."

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