Inverness 1200 – 05 July 2019

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:  Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire

Date: Friday 05 July 2019

Start time: 08:00 am

 


 

The Inverness 1200 is a 1215 km cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), scheduled to take place over the weekend of 05 – 09 July 2019. The Inverness 1200 starts and finishes in the town of Lytham St. Annes, 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.

 

1200 km too much?

The Fort William 1000 is being run concurrently. See

https://burnleyccevents.com/fort-william-1000-05-july-2019/

for further details!


If, after you’ve already entered you decide you’d prefer to ride the Fort William 1000 instead, transfers will be accepted free of charge up to anytime prior to the start time, subject to completing a little bit of additional paperwork (obtainable from the organiser).

Transfers won’t be allowed after the event start time as this is against the original Audax ethos!


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Lytham, Lancashire

The Inverness 1200 starts on the outskirts of Lytham St. Anne’s, Lancashire. The route will pass through the flatlands of the Fylde before following the A6 to Carlisle. After the Scottish border, the route follows mainly B- roads to Paisley where feeding/sleeping arrangements are being made at the Paisley control.

 

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The route then follows a 600 km stretch around the Highlands; passing through (or close to) Inveraray; Oban; Inverness; Fort William and Glen Coe.

The south-bound route from Paisley back to Lytham is exactly the  reverse of the northern route direction!

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Road through Glen Coe, Scotland

START AND CONTROL DETAILS

Event HQ will be the scout hall, Lytham, Lancashire, where camping for nights before or after the event will be available for a small charge.

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.

More about the controls later ….


HOW TO GET TO THE START

By car:

Lytham is located on the west coast of Lancashire, approximately 6-miles south of Blackpool Tower. Lytham 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 South Station, approximately 4 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.


ACCOMMODATION BEFORE THE START

Camping will be available at the start for a small fee in addition to the entry fee.

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. http://www.premierinn.com

The nearest IBIS is located directly opposite Blackpool North Pier (6-miles). http://www.accorhotels.com

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


EATING

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 Paisley control (305 km & 905 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 & SLEEPING DURING THE EVENT

Showers and basic sleeping facilities (inflatable beds) will be available at the Paisley control, based at 305 km and 905 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!

 


BAG DROP

A bag drop to the Paisley 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 Lytham on Sunday night/Monday morning.


EQUIPMENT

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.


ENTER

Entry fee: £57.30 n.b. non AUK/CTC members will see £2 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! Online entrants will usually receive e-mail confirmation of their entry 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 Lytham to Paisley and back
  • Food & drink at at least 2 of the controls
  • Sleeping facilities at the Paisley control (305 km; & 905 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, but camping will be available outside the event HQ for a small charge
  • Any travel expenses incurred due to you having to abandon the event (taxis, trains etc)
  • Spending money

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: 

http://www.aukweb.net/events/enter/19-585/

If after you’ve already entered you decide you’d prefer to ride the other event, transfers will be accepted free of charge up to anytime prior to the start time, subject to completing a little bit of additional paperwork (obtainable from the organiser).

Transfers won’t be allowed after the event start time as this is against the original Audax ethos!

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