Information at a glance:
Sorry, London Edinburgh London 2013 is sold out. The next London Edinburgh London takes place July 2017.
No. You do not need to qualify for London Edinburgh London, but you will enjoy your ride much more if you prepare well.
Yes. If you no longer want to take part, write to us at email@example.com. We will refund your entry fee and any other purchases, subject to a 20% cancellation fee.
Cancellations after 31 May 2013 will attract a 100% cancellation fee.
Yes, we've got an event jersey and gilet for sale to riders. They're both available in men's and women's cut, and are handmade in Yorkshire, the heart of British cycling.
The jersey and gilet both cost £38.99, and you can buy them until 30 June in the rider area.
Yes. You will need to register on Saturday 27 July, between 0900 and 1700. Registration takes place at the start control:
Davenant Foundation School
You will need to bring some identification, such as a driving licence or passport.
When we tell you your start time in June, we will also give you a registration time. This will help us to plan registration and avoid queues. Please try to keep to this time, but don't worry if you can't.
If you register late, we may not be able to take your bag drops.
Don't worry if you're going to be a bit early or a bit late for registration, or if you need to come at a different time. Just turn up and we'll register you as quickly as possible.
London Edinburgh London starts on 28 July 2013 from Davenant School, Loughton.
We will start riders in small group, probably between 06:00 and 11:30. We will have more information in February 2013 about how you can choose your start time. If you'd like to start in a team or with your friends, or even on a tandem, find out how to do this.
You can also start at 06:00 outside Buckingham Palace in central London. Find out more about this.
The start point for London Edinburgh London 2013 will be:
Davenant Foundation School
The school is approximately 2 miles (3.5km) from Junction 4 of the M11 motorway, and 3.5 miles (6km) from Junction 26 of the M25.
On the day of the start, Sunday 28th July, the school will be closed to traffic. We will provide instructions for dropping off riders nearer the time.
Directions from major airports
Heathrow: from the airport, follow directions to the M4 motorway, then M25 north, leaving the motorway at Junction 26. Loughton is about 40 miles (68km) from Heathrow. Gatwick: from the airport, take the M23 north, followed by the M25 east. Loughton is about 60 miles (95km) from Gatwick. Stansted: this is the closest airport to Loughton. From the airport, follow the M11 into London, and turn off at Junction 4. Loughton is about 22 miles (35km) from Stansted
Directions from London railway stations
All international train services arrive at London St Pancras.
From Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston stations, take the Circle or Hammersmith and City lines to Liverpool Street station. Then take the Central line to Debden station.
If you arrive at Euston railway station, you will need to use "Euston Square" underground station to Loughton, which is about 250m walk from Euston railway station. Do not use Euston underground station!
You cannot take bikes onto the London Underground between 0730 and 0930, and 1630 to 1900 Monday to Friday.
Yes! We are organising a London Edinburgh London prologue, to start outside Buckingham Palace at 06:00 on 28 July 2013. The prologue will be about 20km long, and will take you through some of the best sights in London before you arrive at the event headquarters in Loughton for the main start.
The prologue will not be part of the official London Edinburgh London route.
If you ask to ride the prologue, we will give a start time from Loughton of between 07:45 and 09:15.
If you ask to ride the prologue, we will stamp your brevet card at the prologue start at Buckingham Palace. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CARD STAMPED TO START AT LOUGHTON. If you fail to have your brevet card stamped, you will have to wait for the stamp to return from Buckingham Palace with the last rider. You will not be allowed any extra time if this means your start from Loughton is delayed.
Yes. There is a large campsite, Debden House, near the start.
We have arranged a deal with Debden House, so London Edinburgh London riders can stay together on the site. You will be able to leave your car parked and tent pitched during the event, and they will store your valuables safely while you are riding.
Camping spaces are £94 per person, and you can book them at our rider area.
Along the route
No. Although we will have moto crews patrolling the route, they will not be able to carry riders. You will be responsible for getting yourself to the nearest control, where we will be able to help you fix your bike or help you get back to the start.
Make sure that you have a plan in case things go wrong. This could include:
- Riding with friends.
- Taking out breakdown cover. Check your motor breakdown service - you may already be covered.
- Carrying details of friends or family who can collect you.
Be aware that in parts of Scotland and northern England, it may not be possible to get any mobile phone reception. We will patrol these sections carefully, and we will always help stranded riders who are unable to call for help.
If you are stranded because you are injured or ill, then please call emergency services on 999.
Yes. We will post times that riders arrive at controls on this website.
London Edinburgh London is a fully-supported event. Food, drink and beds are all included in the price. There will also be motorbike support patrolling the entire route. This should mean that even novice riders should be able to complete London Edinburgh London unsupported.
Support vehicles can be a hazard to riders. They can be a hazard when parked on narrow roads, and when driving along the route. Please consider taking advantage of the facilities we are offering, and ride London Edinburgh London unsupported.
If you would still like to bring supporters and a support vehicle with you, these are the procedures:
London Edinburgh London 2013 will mostly use schools as controls. Many of the schools have asked that everybody taking part in the event, including riders, volunteers and supporters, is registered with us.
All support vehicles and supporters must register with us, and tell us the riders they are supporting. A support vehicle and supporter can support more than one rider.
Registration costs £30 per vehicle and includes:
- Dedicated, free parking at the following controls.
- Use of the toilets and showers in these controls.
- Hot and cold drinks at these controls.
These facilities will only be available at the controls listed above. They will NOT be available at:
- Loughton (the start/finish)
- Great Easton
At these controls, support vehicles will not be permitted.
Only registered supporters vehicles and their supporters will be allowed into controls, or to use control car parks.
Support on the route
All registered support vehicles and their supporters will receive a badge that identifies them as registered support. Supporters must wear their badge at all times when in controls, and must display their support vehicle's badge in the vehicle's front window.
Many of the roads used for London Edinburgh London are narrow. A support vehicle parked on the route could be a hazard to riders. To prevent this, registered support vehicles must not park anywhere on the route, except to collect a rider who has failed to finish. Any support vehicle that is seen parked along the route, will result in all their supported riders being disqualified.
In addition, any rider who is seen receiving support from an unregistered vehicle parked on the route will be disqualified.
You may park a registered support vehicle anywhere that is not on the actual route. For example, if you wish to park 5 metres off the route on a side road, then this is fine. You can also park in properly marked laybys on the route that are marked with an appropriate sign.
Nearer the event, we will post a recommended route for support vehicles, so they can travel from control to control without using the official route. Registered support vehicles may drive along the official route if they wish, however we ask that you only do so when absolutely necessary. Our suggested route for registered support vehicles will be faster and easier, and it will mean less traffic for riders!
- Dedicated, free parking at the following controls.
Almost. All food and drink at controls is included, as are showers and dormitories. We'll also supply towels, blankets and earplugs. Any bike repairs we carry out for you are also included, but you will have to pay for spare parts.
Some controls may also be selling some extra items, such as toothpaste or energy gels. We will make it clear when something is for sale and when something is included.
Most controls will offer the same facilities:
- A choice of hot food
- Hot and cold drinks
- Showers and towels
- Dormitories and blankets
- Bike repair
- Basic first aid
However, not all controls will have all these facilities. These controls will not offer all facilities:
- Traquair - very limited hot food, very limited sleeping facilities, no showers
- Eskdalemuir - very limited sleeping facilities, no showers
- Great Easton - very limited hot food, very limited sleeping facilities, no showers
Your entry includes two bag drops.
We will carry your bags between London and any of the following controls:
- Market Rasen
- Barnard Castle
After the control closes, we'll bring all the returned bgs back to London.
You can select your bags to go to different controls, or send two bags to the same control.
The combined weight of your bags must be no more than 5kg. We will enforce this rule strictly.
If you are late at a control, but you think you can still finish in time, then please make every effort to continue. We will not disqualify any rider with a reasonable chance of finishing in time.
Controls are likely to close within an hour or two of the official finishing time. If you arrive at a control, and it is closed, then we are afraid you will be disqualified.
Possibly, but don't count on it.