- Ride to the Sun 2017
Pyro, it was my first road century too, last year. It’s a fantastically well organised, grass roots, yet free event. I hope you get the same weather as 16, nice gentle tailwind and dry all the way.
For info, we started pedalling from Carlisle at 9, it’s pretty much 55 of the flattest miles you can imagine to Moffat, then fish and chips and off again. The climb from There up and over the beeftub is not a bad one at all, I was thinking about it all the first half, and was a hell of a lot easier than expected. Maybe stopped for 10 minutes at the next banana stop (canny remember the name of the disused hotel!), then it’s just wee ups and downs after that.
Arrived at Crammond shore about 0315, even with a magical mystery tour of Edinburgh!.
Enjoy sir.Posted 9 months ago
Cheers Nobeer. Sounds like you were a bit quicker than I was expecting to be, I’ve got no real gauge so was just going to start at 8pm, take it steady and see what happens. Looking forward to the spin across the Solway Moss in the evening, and once we’re past Moffat and the Beeftub it’s just keep plugging to the finish. Crossing fingers for the weather!Posted 9 months ago
Did a search and everything, but there doesn’t seem to be a thread for this other than the 2016 one, and it’s a year out and the event’s just over two weeks away…
So, who’s in?
It’ll (hopefully) be my first road century, it won’t be quick or pretty on my part, but I’m hoping it’s at least enjoyable, mainly Type 1 fun with a likely bit of Type 2. I’ve got two mates who are umm-ing and ahh-ing about it, so I might be riding on my tod and I might not. I’m as uncertain as ever about my physical fitness levels for it, but mentally I reckon it’s doable for me. I’ll be the shortish beardy one on a blue/black/white Giant Defy, if anyone spots me, say hello.Posted 9 months ago
Pyro, Aye, that sounds like my memories a bit off!. Checked Strava and we started at 8.25, we planned for 9 but felt as if we were hanging about a bit, so headed off.
From the top of the beeftub down to the feed station was a bit of an arms race tbh, which ate up a few miles quite easily, and then it was pretty steady until got involved in another arms race with a couple of blinged up roadie rude boys just before penicuik all the way into town!.
Fasthaggis, best of luck on the double mate, but I’m not going this year, 100 miles used up my road points for a few years!.Posted 9 months ago
Thanks for starting the thread Pyro and for the kind words Nobeerinthefridge!
For those that don’t know – http://www.ridetothesun.co.uk is a northern/Scottish homage to the Dunwich Dynamo. It’s 100.5 miles, Carlisle to Cramond beach (Edinburgh), overnight, on the weekend nearest the summer solstice. Linda in the chip shop in Moffat stays open to serve everyone food, there’s a ‘cyclorave’ at the banana/water stop at the derelict Crook Inn pub in the Tweed Valley (literally the middle of nowhere), Freshstart charity serve up hot rolls and drinks at the kirk hall at the finish, and our local pals chip in to get free beers for the finishers. Oh, and it’s FREE.
Some photos here: https://www.facebook.com/ridettsun/posts/1188593901177440
And what’s a cyclorave at a deserted pub? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meSyC169rus
We’ve had such a good word-of-mouth response after 2016 that I didn’t feel the need to push it this year. We are at about 1200 sign ups, so probably expect about 750 on the night if the last two years are anything to go by. We are still amazed at the response – we expected about 50 when we first had the idea.
Hope you enjoy, and weather like last year would help!
And please come and say hello at Bitts Park or at the end, that’s the best thing about it – it’s a very sociable and friendly wee adventure and in th first two years everyone has been (without exception) absolutely lovely. Perhaps it’s the free entry and beer! Very funny in year one for someone to come up and shake my hand and say ‘hello…I’m FrankSinatra…off STW’.
All the best, FraserPosted 9 months agoChewMember
A good laid back ride
We set off at 8:30 and it took the best part of 8 hours to ride across.
Devils Beef tub is steady away so no issues there.
The things to mention are bigger tyres would be an advantage as the road surface after the climb aren’t the greatest.
Also sort out what you’re going to do when you get to Edinburgh. Either have a lift, or make sure the train is booked. Don’t think the first train is until 10 and a lot of them are going to be booked up.
We rode back to Carlisle and arrived before people taking the train.Posted 9 months agojoshvegasMember
I did it on 24c tyres and was fine just ride faster
Also sort out what you’re going to do when you get to Edinburgh
This. Alternatively get to your girlfriends flat to discover she went out on the lash, forgot about your early morning arrival and fell asleep on a friends sofa.Posted 9 months ago
First train back to Glasgow is at 8am, must be trains south at that time too?.
If I was to do it again, I’d take the van to Cramond kirk and leave it there, train to carlisle, then coma in the van until time to drive home.
Oh, I almost forgot, THE best bit last year – guy with a wheelbarrow of free beer just before sunrise.
THAT is how to finish a ride!Posted 9 months ago
I’m coming up with Bregante and we’re both very much looking forward to it! Not long to go now!
We and the bikes are booked on the 8am train back out of Edinburgh to Carlisle via Glasgow so might have a bit of a wait before the train leaves.
I think i’ll be slower than your average rider so looking to get away from Carlisle somewhere around 7.30. Plus we should get a good place in the queue at the kebab shop!Posted 9 months agoselkirkbearMember
This will by myself and Mrs SB’s first 100 miler. Logistics have been set back a bit by the Replacement Bus Service on the borders railway on Sunday so it looks like I’ll be driving to Crammond on the Sat and leaving the car there and getting a train back down to Selkirk before driving to Carlisle.Posted 9 months ago
What Bregante said!
Absolutely stunning evening, great for, good company, great atmosphere and a lovely moment of sitting watching the sunrise with a beer and a good chat with a bunch of lovely people. Chippy stop was good (chicken kebabs FTW), big climb was a doddle, and the only minor issue was the midgies! Couldn’t have had better weather for it either, absolutely awesome.
Big thanks Fraser and Gary!Posted 9 months ago
We rode with Fraser and a pretty quick group from around Gretna to a few miles before Moffat when wittonweavers found his sprinting legs and we put a spurt in before the chippy stop.
Slow and steady went out of the window and we were done in well under six hours but there was still time for lots of great friendly chat along the way. And the sight of the cyclo-rave coming into view at the crook inn was bonkers in a good way!
A few pics as promised.
After the ride we had 3 and a bit hours to kill before catching the train back to Carlisle via Glasgow before picking up the car for the drive back to Manchester… So we had a little ride down the coast to Portobello.
Posted 9 months ago
I really enjoyed it too. My riding partner pulled out so I rode down myself on Saturday on a quiet route via Innerleithen, and then straight back up. Didn’t meet anyone I knew until richpips and Tom at the finish, but it was good to tap out the miles and get my first double century in.
The rave was good, midges horrific so I didn’t stop too long, but overall a great event. I’ll be up for next year if anyone else is interested.Posted 9 months ago
Yes, i’d just like to echo the sentiments above! What a truly fantastic event and experience. Its free to enter, not something that’s important to me from a financial point of view but shows how much Fraser and his friends are doing for no return. It was brilliantly organised. The route was superb – I would never have imagined that the ride could be so flat, even the Devils Beeftub ascent was insignificant!
There are many people put off by the logistical challenge of being 100 miles away from their car at the end but the trains were fine and this little obstacle shouldn’t stop anyone giving it a go next year.
Unlike plenty of other sportives I will forever remember this one! Kebab meat and chips race food; riding through the dark; a cycle rave at an abandoned pub in the middle of nowhere and a free beer at the finish! Superb stuff!
Thanks again Fraser and co it was brilliant!Posted 9 months ago
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