London-Edinburgh-London: a 1500km bike ride!

The club would like to wish club member Keith Griffiths all the best with this incredible challenge that he’s undertaking. In his own words:

“At 0600 Sunday I’m going to set off for a ride from Guildhall London to Debden on the Central line, via the Forth Bridge!

LEL is the biggest Audax in the UK and normally runs every 4 years. I believe there are 1900 entrants from around 50 countries. It is not a race but we have 125 hours to finish, which includes all stops for food and sleep. This means I need to reach Debden by 1100 Friday.

There are controls every 50-120km, where hot food and beds will be available. Between the controls it is unsupported, as with all Audaxes.

A few days ago it was announced that Yad Moss in the Pennines is closing to replace a cattle grid, so we gained an extra 4km and 400m ascent, in each direction.

For me I’m looking forward to experiencing whole parts of the UK I really don’t know, including the Fens. Also to meet and chat with riders from around the world.

I’ll be carrying a GPS tracker so I can be ‘dot watched’ as I hopefully progress across the country on the longest ride I’ve ever attempted. My rider number is LE21. Tracking from Sunday is on one of these links:

https://londonedinburghlondon.com/ridertracking

https://track.trail.live/event/london-edinburgh-london-2022

The website should also show rider arrival times at the various controls.

Beyond aiming to finish within the 125 hours I’ve not got any other aims beyond hopefully enjoying the experience.

Cheers

Keith”

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