Inverness 1200 – 23 June 2023

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

Start: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Date: Friday 23 June 2023

Start time: 07:00 

** 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 1205 km cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), scheduled to take place between the 23-27 June 2023. The Inverness 1200 starts and finishes in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The event is a randonnee, not a race! Those taking part have a maximum of 90-hours to complete the challenging 1205 km route.

The Inverness 1200 starts in Clitheroe, 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.


GPS track of the route for the 2023 edition can be found here:

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Road through Glen Coe, Scotland
Motoyasu Meguro & Yoshiyuki Tanaka


Event HQ is now the St. Mary’s Centre, Clitheroe 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.


By car:

Clitheroe is located in Lancashire.

By air:

The nearest international airport is Manchester Airport, approximately 50-miles from the start location. Car hire is available from most of the major car rental companies. Alternatively, you can take a train to the nearby Burnley; Brierfield; Nelson stations.

By train:

The nearest railway stations are: Burnley Central; Brierfield or Nelson, all of which sit on the East Lancashire main line, approximately 3 miles from the start. Northern Rail operates regular services to/from Preston (convenient for overseas riders – journey time about 1-hour), where there are connections to London and Scotland.


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


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 Kirkhill control (600 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 600 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 Clitheroe on Monday 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: £58.00 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-transferable; 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 Clitheroe to Inverness and back
  • Food & drink at the Kirkhill control (605 km)
  • Sleeping facilities at the Kirkhill control (604 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:

Photos from the 2022 edition

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: