Inverness 1200 – 11 September 2021

Image result for les randonneurs mondiauxA 1200 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from Lancashire to the Scottish Highlands and back again –  in a weekend!

Start:  Bispham, Lancashire

Date: Saturday 11 September 2021

Start time: 10:00 

** No SR or any other qualification required to ride this event! Entries are now being taken on a first come – first served basis! Entries will close either 2-weeks before the event date or when the entry field limit of 100 riders is reached, whichever comes sooner! **

AUK Entry page:

The Inverness 1200 is a 1215 km cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), scheduled to take place over the weekend of 11-15 September 2021. The Inverness 1200 starts and finishes in the town of Bispham, Lancashire. The event is a randonnee, not a race! Those taking part have a maximum of 90-hours to complete the challenging 1215 km route.

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The Inverness 1200 starts on the outskirts of Bispham, Lancashire. The route follows an anti-clockwise circuit passing through: Lancashire; Cumbria; southern Scotland and on into the highlands. the return follows a western route passing Fort William; Lanarkshire and the A6 back to Lancashire.

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Road through Glen Coe, Scotland
Motoyasu Meguro & Yoshiyuki Tanaka


Event HQ will in the town of Bispham, Lancashire.


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.

More about the controls later ….


By car:

Bispham is located on the west coast of Lancashire, approximately 6-miles south 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/south stations (see below).

By train:

The nearest railway station is Blackpool North Station, approximately 3 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 40-minutes), where there are connections to London and Scotland.


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

There are a number of Premier Inns near or close to the start.

The nearest IBIS is located directly opposite Blackpool North Pier (6-miles).

The nearest Travelodges are located at Blackpool south shore and Promenade (4-miles).

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

See for further details.


An optional free breakfast will be provided before the start. This is primarily cereal & toast, tea/coffee/juice etc. Free food will also be available at the Inverness control (620 km). Food will be kept simple: typically beans on toast/pasta; rice pudding etc, but enough to fill you up! Food will be available for purchase at the other controls.


Showers and basic sleeping facilities (inflatable beds) will be available at the Inverness control, based at about 620 km. Ear-plugs will also be provided. This is included in the entry fee. You are of course free to book your own accommodation anywhere along the route if you prefer your own comforts but you will have to pay for this yourself. See the “enter” section below for more details about this!


A bag drop to the Inverness control is included in the entry fee. Please ensure your drop bag contains:

  • No liquids (shower gel is OK though)!
  • No sharp objects
  • Nothing fragile/breakable
  • No glass bottles
  • Nothing requiring refrigeration

Your drop bag will be returned to Bispham on Tuesday morning.


Most riders will use a standard road bike.Tandem’s; trikes; elliptigo’s and recumbent’s are permitted providing the machine is propelled solely by human muscular effort.

Front & rear light and a rear reflector are required by UK law for night-cycling.



Entry fee: £68.00 when entering online through PayPal. non AUK/CTC/CUK members will see £3 automatically added to include temporary membership for insurance purposes!

N.B. entry fees are non-refundable and will be taken at the time of entry! The entry fee won’t fluctuate during the course that entries remain open! Event is likely to be over-subscribed so early entry advised!

Your confirmation email, usually received from PayPal immediately after entering and paying the entry fee, guarantees you a place on the event! Online entrants will also usually receive e-mail confirmation of their entry from the organiser’s within 72-hours of entering!

Entry fee includes:

  • Brevet card with detailed route-sheet giving precise instructions
  • Validation with Audax UK (AUK) and Les Randonneurs Mondiaux (LRM) for successful riders
  • Breakfast before the start (typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice etc)
  • Bag drop transportation from Bispham to Inverness and back
  • Food & drink at the Inverness control (620 km)
  • Sleeping facilities at the Inverness control (620 km)
  • Refreshments at the finish (typically sandwiches & cakes)
  • 3rd party insurance for UK based riders
  • Any photograph’s taken by the organiser/helpers during the event
  • Commemorative water-bottle and medal

Entry fee doesn’t include:

  • Travel expenses incurred travelling to/from the event
  • Hotel bookings for nights before, during or after the event.
  • Any travel expenses incurred due to you having to abandon the event (taxis, trains etc)
  • Spending money

** No SR or any other qualification required to ride this event! Entries are now being taken on a first come – first served basis! Entries will close either 2-weeks before the event date or when the entry field limit of 100 riders is reached, whichever comes sooner! **

There are 2 ways to enter: either online through the AUK website or alternatively through the post.

  • Online – You can enter through PayPal by clicking on the link below. You will be redirected to the AUK entry webpage where you should follow the instructions. Entry fee will be taken at the time of entry! There’ll be no need to complete any additional paperwork such as entry forms etc, neither will there be any need to bring along any SAEs to the start, saving you extra postage expenses! Online entrants will receive e-mail confirmation of their entry within 72-hours of entering!

Online entry here:

Fancy a chat?

You’ll find the Inverness 1200 on “Yet Another Cycling Forum” (YACF). Just click on the link below to access the relevant discussion page: