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"Ride to the Sun"

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  1. chdot
    Admin

    20th June

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    Make Ride to the Sun your next cycling challenge. 100 miles through the night from England across the border to Scotland. Follow in the footsteps of the Roman legions who trudged the long road from Luguvalium (Carlisle) to the old garrison camp of Caer Amon (Cramond). Sol Invictus was the Roman God of the unconquered sun and was the Roman legionnaires guide through war and battle and it is with that spirit that we ride through the night to arrive for sunrise on Cramond beach, tired but unconquered!

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    http://www.ridetothesun.co.uk/register-cm.html

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. fimm
    Member

    Not, as I was expecting, a Sportive, but a free (to enter) event. Inspired by something called the Dunwich Dynamo. Sounds interesting. Start in Carlisle and cycle to Crammond (because the organisers live in Crammond!)

    You can tell what sort even it is when the FAQs say:
    "Do I have to wear a helmet?
    It's your head. Do what you like. This isn’t a formal event, it’s free, so there are no rules. We’ll be wearing helmets, like we always do.
    "

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. chdot
    Admin

    "Inspired by something called the Dunwich Dynamo"

    Oh yes!


    10:18 by Tom T, on Flickr

    http://southwarkcyclists.org.uk/introducing-dunwich-dynamo

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. cb
    Member

    I assume the end point is the grassy knoll as stated in the FAQ (with the Gallery Bistro doing food) rather than the Island View Cafe as stated on the Finish tab?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. kaputnik
    Moderator

    It does sound interesting indeed. Although they've used photos of sunset at Cramond to illustrate the sunrise I reckon.

    Sunrise over St. Andrews Bay a la Dummy Run I think is better than Cramond but I may be biased by formerly having it as the view from my bedroom.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. cb
    Member

    "Although they've used photos of sunset at Cramond to illustrate the sunrise I reckon"

    From the FAQ:

    - Do you know that some of the photos on the website are of sunsets and not a sunrise?

    Yes, we do thanks.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. DaveC
    Member

    There is a similar thing already which goes from Dunbarton to St Andrews. Anth know the organisor.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. kaputnik
    Moderator

    @DaveC that's the Dummy Run. It's quite informal (not even sure you pay?) and organised through facebook. For various reasons it didn't run year before last and last year ended up relocating at late notice and running from (I think) Dundee to Aberdeen or there aboots.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. fimm
    Member

    Yes, I'd heard of the Dunbarton to St Andrews one. That seemed to be basically a group of friends inviting anyone who fancied it to join them. I guess the "Ride to the Sun" is too, but they've gone for a bit more publicity.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. cb
    Member

    The FAQ says it's "very much inspired by the DD and EE" (Dunwich Dynamo and Exmouth Exodus).

    Surely then, they'd want this to become known as the CC (Carlisle-Cramond).

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. Bhachgen
    Member

    Sounds like a great idea. I fear it may grow a bit too big for its own good if the website gets shared too widely though.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. amir
    Member

    I am not wholly convinced of the attraction of cycling long distances at night. The views are obviously much better in the light, you're less likely to hit something like a pothole and most importantly the cafes are open.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Didn't you go to Dunwich on holiday amir?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. HankChief
    Member

    The is also the Dunoon Dynamo in July. 77/109 miles from Glasgow to Dunoon.

    It is a paid for Sportive [url=https://dunoondynamo.wordpress.com/][/url] - about 150 signed up so far.

    The night riding seems like something different to try - probably won't make a habit out of it.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. crowriver
    Member

    I could be tempted by this. Day before summer solstice so won't be much "night" to ride through: mostly twilight I expect.

    There is also, I understand, on the same night in 2015 the 'Flèche Ecossais' an audax team event being organised as an informal alternative to the York Easter Arrows.

    Hmmm. Which would I prefer?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  16. riffian
    Member

    Have I just found my justification/excuse for investing in dynamo lighting?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  17. amir
    Member

    @cyclingmollie yes, I went to that area a couple of years ago. Good cycling there
    (especially in the day)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  18. gembo
    Member

    I have also Been on holiday a few times down there and cycled to Dunwich several times en route for example to minsmere. Dunwich has been claimed by the sea over the millennia but the cafe at the beach is nice. Off road and on road cycling available

    Marsh Harriet's, bittern, avocet, spoonbills all spottable

    Posted 3 years ago #
  19. amir
    Member

    The countryside around Minsmere is lovely. I was stationed to the south by the estuary at Iken. Very peaceful with lots of birdies. I also got a couple of Strava top tens on the roads around there - locals clearly not as practiced at going up hill.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  20. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    the 'Flèche Ecossais' an audax team event

    Is that the one where you ride at least 100km from wherever you want to the Corriere Cafe in Stirling?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  21. crowriver
    Member

    @cyclingmollie, indeed.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  22. amir
    Member

    I'll forever associate that cafe with an endless slog against an unexpected easterly headwind on the basis of a dollop of ice cream, which is rubbish cycling food (in hindsight). I suspect kaputnik will concur.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  23. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Especially blue ice cream.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  24. Min
    Member

    spoonbills

    Did you know that the collective noun for spoonbills is a runcible? :-)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  25. BikeFan
    Member

    The next run is 18th June 2016.

    If you have lists of things to do on a bike, it ticks quite a few boxes. It's a Century, it's a Coast to Coast, (give or take about 500mtrs to the river Esk at Gretna) an Overnighter, an England to Scotland, a Watch the Sunrise . . .

    And to gladden the heart of every Tight Scot - there's no entry fee.
    Very informative site http://www.ridetothesun.co.uk
    Register your interest here http://www.ridetothesun.co.uk/register-cm.html

    Posted 2 years ago #
  26. crowriver
    Member

    Registered. Should be fun.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  27. gembo
    Member

    Registering now for the event on the 18th of june

    Posted 2 years ago #
  28. bax
    Member

    Somewhere during the night you will hear a voice say, "Why am I doing this? I am never doing this again!" Look forward to this voice. Welcome it. Laugh at it. Embrace it.

    an essential feeling

    best experienced out on the hill for three rainy days with only a blade and a few yards of paracord for company

    Posted 2 years ago #
  29. Greenroofer
    Member

    I have very fond memories of an epic walk on the equivalent weekend several years ago: last train from Waverley to Corrour, pass Loch Ossian in the gloaming onto the ridge north of Ben Alder, follow the ridge into the dawn down to Ben Alder Lodge and walk out along Loch Ericht to Dalwhinnie. Train back to Edinburgh.

    This ride has something similar about it. I've not ridden that far before. I have the wrong kind of bike (although I do have a dynamo). I think I may know what I'm doing between now and 18 June next year...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  30. bax
    Member

    over the bealach or round the coast by ben alder cottage?

    either way, a long trudge by the light of the moon

    fort bill to dalwhinnie, that's the stravaig of champions

    prefer it in reverse though, exit via glen nevis

    Posted 2 years ago #

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