Blackpool – Glasgow – Blackpool 600 – 21 September 2018

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Start: Bispham, Lancashire

Date: Friday 21 September 2018

 Start time: 10:00 pm


The Blackpool – Glasgow – Blackpool 600 is a 605 km, long-distance cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), taking place over the weekend of 21 – 23 September 2018.

The event is a randonnee, not a race. Those taking part will have a maximum of 40-hours to complete the challenging 605 km route.


Start with a night-ride up the A6 to Carlisle, ride through southern Scotland during the day, then ride down the A6 at night. Many commercial facilities, petrol stations and hotels along the route. Not too hilly but not pancake flat either (apart from the first and last 50 km). Just the 1 major hill (Shap Fell) to ride over in both directions.

Blackpool, Lancashire
Old Blacksmith’s Shop & Visitor Centre, Gretna Green
Glasgow, Scotland

START AND CONTROL DETAILS

THE START

Event HQ is the Bispham Community Centre, located about 2-miles north of Blackpool North railway station. Free parking will be available at the event start for the duration of the event on a first come – first served basis! If the car-park is full, parking will be available on nearby Munster Avenue (see map below).

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CONTROLS

Riders obtain proof of passage through a series of predetermined controls. Acceptable proof of passage requires independent evidence of time, date and control location. Acceptable forms include:

  • A timed signature of a controller designated by the organiser
  • A stamp, sticker or other distinct mark (inside the brevet card) provided by the event organiser and/or a controller
  • A printed receipt, with time, date and control location (usually from a cash register or ATM)
  • Other forms may be designated by the organiser, provided they are acceptable to AUK

Where a rider is unable to obtain proof of passage, an alternative form may be accepted at the organiser’s discretion.

The controls are at:

Shap 99 km (open: 01:18 – 04:36)

Carlisle 150 km (open: 03:00 – 08:00)

Abington 240 km (open: 06:00 – 14:00)

Paisley: 303 km (open: 08:06 – 18:12)

Abington: 366 km (open: 10:12 – 22:24)

Carlisle: 456 km (open: 13:12 – 04:24)

Carnforth: 556 km (open: 16:32 – 11:04)


HOW TO GET TO THE START

By car:

Bispham is located on the west coast of Lancashire, approximately 3-miles north of Blackpool Tower. Bispham is easily accessible from junction 4, M55.

By air:

Please be advised that Blackpool Airport no longer operates passenger flights.

The nearest international airport is Manchester Airport, approximately 60-miles from the start location. Car hire is available from most of the major car rental companies. Alternatively, you can take a direct train to the Blackpool North station (see below).

By train:

The nearest railway station is Blackpool North Station, approximately 2.5 miles from the start. Northern Rail operates regular direct services to/from Manchester Airport (convenient for overseas riders – journey time about 1-hour, 40-minutes), and Preston (journey time about 30-minutes), where there are connections to London and Scotland.


ACCOMMODATION BEFORE THE START

Considering the event starts at 10:00 pm you probably won’t require accommodation before the start. However, you’ll find some hotel details below should you wish to spend a few days in or around Blackpool before or after the event.

Most of the chain hotels have some sort of hotel in or around Blackpool.

The nearest hotel to the start is the Premier Inn, located on Devonshire Road about 0.5-miles from the start.  http://www.premierinn.com

The nearest IBIS is located directly opposite Blackpool North Pier (3-miles). http://www.accorhotels.com

The nearest Travelodges are located at Blackpool south shore and Promenade (5-miles). http://www.travelodge.co.uk

There are a string of other hotels along the Blackpool Promenade too numerous to mention.

See http://www.visitblackpool.com for further details.


Enter?

Full entry details on the AUK website calendar page. Click on the link below to enter:

Entry fee: £10.00 (£10.80 when entering online through the AUK website). n.b. non AUK/CTC members will need to add £2 to include temporary membership for insurance purposes!

Entry fee includes:

  • Brevet card with detailed route-sheet giving precise instructions
  • Validation with Audax UK (AUK) and Audax Club Parisien (ACP)
  • 3rd party insurance for UK based riders
  • Some food before the start (typically beans on toast; Pasta; tea/coffee/juice etc)
  • Refreshments at the finish (typically sandwiches & cakes or breakfast)
  • Any photograph’s taken by the organiser/helpers during the event

Online entry here:

http://www.aukweb.net/events/enter/17-111/

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