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Old 26.05.2009, 17:35
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Re: Long distance cycling: London-Edinburgh-London training

Unfortunately we couldn't fit the L-E-L ride in with all of the other things that we want to do this summer, and so will now be on the wrong side of the Atlantic at that time. To make up for it, we're planning to ride a 300km scenic loop in one day with some friends over there, but it's nothing quite like the ride we'll be missing.

Unfortunately, our trip will also cause us to miss the AlpenBrevet this year. Last year, I did the Gold version and it was pretty epic - maybe I should go for some real torture and do the Platinum next year!

We do plan to do the Leman Cyclotour, Maratona, Engadine radmarathon, and Gruyere Cycling Tour, so if you're in for any of those events, we may be able to meet up.

I wish you all the best for your L-E-L ride, I look forward to hearing how it turns out.
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Old 26.05.2009, 17:51
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Re: Long distance cycling: London-Edinburgh-London training

Hmmm, such epic rides are best enjoyed vicariously. All the best for those doing them, and will be happy to read your follow-up reports
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Re: Long distance cycling: London-Edinburgh-London training

Well London -Edinburgh- London 26th July to 31st July is now history.Flew into Luton on the saturday am with bag enclosed in one of those train bags from Velo plus, and cycled to registration at Cheshunt ,just outside of London.
I was in the 14.00 start group on Sunday so i spent night at mums in Chelsea ,using train to travel in and out.
Start was a rather low key affair and before long everyone seemed to settle into their own rythmn.
About 200km into marathon i met an english guy called Martin and we ended up cycling the whole marathon together.A plus factor for me was that he had a GPS.Ive always regarded this as a bit of a gimmic but i soon learnt otherwise as the route sheet was tedious and at times difficult to follow,especially at night.The most difficult but interesting section was the hilly bit between Thorn and EDINBURGH.It was here that we were hit by a storm in the night.It isnt the altitude but lack of cover leading to exposure which can be risky.a guy was taken of the hill around Dalkeith suffering from Hypothermia.
The generous time limit of around 118 hours.(which they even extended by 2hours due to bad weather)made completion,however ,all times a realistic goal.
My plan of riding within myself and cycling as little as possible at night only partially worked out.My breaks in the first half of the marathon were so generous that in the second half i practically had to ride non--stop to get home within the time limit-
I rolled in on friday morning a few hours within the original time limit and apart from acute sleep deprivation,more or less in good shape.
The volunteers were fantastic and food at checkpoints good. Beans on toast features a bit too often on the menu though.
I was really chuffed to finish(there was a large number of DNF`s)and will probably do it again in 4 years-changed my opinion since i finished,
IF so i would definitely get a GPS and not mess around at checkpoints for so long. Hub dynamo is also on my xmas list.

I didnt really get any specific training in apart from cycling a 600 (radmarathon swiss) at beginning of july and and commuting to work.

Well thats about it.If anyone would like anymore detailed info i would be happy to oblige.
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Old 06.08.2009, 22:20
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Re: Long distance cycling: London-Edinburgh-London training

Congratulations Murray5. It must indeed be very satisfying to be one of the finishers! Keep up the great work!

For anyone who picks up the story here and has missed the link in the first post, here it is again.

Some of the stuff hasn't been updated, but it makes any normal being tired just to look at the details for a few minutes, so perhaps it doesn't matter all that much.
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Re: Long distance cycling: London-Edinburgh-London training

http://www.londonedinburghlondon.com/

For anyone interested the next LEL is due to be held in 2013,so plenty of time to prepare for the 1400km ride.
Rode the paris-brest-brest this year and although i just got home in time i found it harder going them the LEL even though its 200 km shorter(hillier and time limit is restricted to 90 hrs).

Getting a bit fed up with " just finishing in time" ,which i put down to my somewhat unhealthy life style and lack of training,so will have to start altering a few of my unhealthy habits.like visiting the Pickwick Pub here in Baden rather too frequently and allowing the odd cigarette to become 5 or ten when in good company.

Would like to recommend the Radmarathon .Ch which is a great preparation for the LEL and takes place next summer.here ist the link:
http://www.radmarathon.ch/.

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Re: Long distance cycling: London-Edinburgh-London training

http://www.londonedinburghlondon.com/

Well 3 years have surpassed since the last LEL and the next one is being held in 2013.Registration starts in jan 2013 so if anyone is interested in giving it a go dont miss out on registering early as apparently interest has grown and starting places may be hard to come by.
I took part in to 2009 and just scraped home within the time limit of 115/116 hrs.That said i found the Paris -Brest-Paris last year a lot more difficult and although it was 200 km less than the 1400 km LEL ,the 90 hr time limit of the paris brest randonneur was for me a real struggle.Im not getting any younger either.
The LEL is an experience to be savoured and i would recommend it to anyone who is interested in long distance cycling.If i manage to get a starting place and good health prevailing i hope to be there.
If any swiss situated cyclists fancy taking part and require any tips or joint training sessions nearer the time i am more than willing to oblige.
Best wishes .Will
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