FAQ

Information at a glance

London Edinburgh London starts on Sunday 30 July 2017.

  • You do not have to qualify to enter London Edinburgh London.
  • Entry for existing Audax UK members opens 6 January 2017.
  • Entry for guaranteed entry holders opens 6 January 2017.
  • Public entry opens 20 January 2017.
  • Entries will be limited to 1500 riders.
  • Entry will cost £319.
  • Start times will be from 06:00 until 16:00 on Sunday 30 July 2017.
  • We cannot guarantee your choice of start time, but you will be able to start with your friends.
  • You will need to register at the start on Saturday 29 July 2017. Full details will be sent with your entry.

Entry

Can anyone enter?

Almost. You will need to be aged 18 or over on 30 July 2017 to enter. We cannot accept entries from anyone who will be younger than this. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Do I need to qualify to enter?

No. You do not need to qualify for London Edinburgh London, but you will enjoy your ride much more if you prepare well.

How do I enter?

You can only enter London Edinburgh London using this website.

  • Entry for existing Audax UK members opens 6 January 2017
  • Entry for guaranteed entry holders opens 6 January 2017
  • Public entry opens 20 January 2017.

You can sign up to our mailing list to be notified when entries are open.

How much will entry be?

Entry will be £319.

Can you help me get a visa?

If you need a letter of support for a visa application, please contact us at Central LEL Team as soon as possible.

Will there an official jersey?

Yes. You will be able to buy an official jersey when you enter.

Can I cancel my entry?

Yes, but you won’t be able to get a refund. However we will organise a waiting list of people who want to sell their place. Once London Edinburgh London is sold out we will run a waiting list of people who want to take part. We will sell your place on your behalf, for a £50 administration charge. Please make sure you are happy with these terms before you enter.

The waiting lists will close on 31 May 2017.

Registration

I’ve entered! Do I need to register?

  • Yes. You will need to register on Saturday 29 July 2017, between 0900 and 1700. Registration takes place at the start control.
  • We will announce the location for registration and the start control soon.
  • When you register you will need to bring some identification, such as a driving licence or passport.
  • When you enter, we will ask you to select a registration time. This will help us to plan registration and avoid queues. Please try to stick to this time.

Can I change my registration time?

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.

The Start

Where and when does London Edinburgh London start?

London Edinburgh London starts on 30 July 2017.

  • We will start riders in small groups between 06:00 and 16:00, and we will tell you your start time after you have entered. You will be able to select a start time when you enter, but we cannot guarantee your preferred time.

Can I start at the same time as my friends?

Yes you can. Here’s how:

  • Decide on a team name for you and your friends. We will only use this name to identify people who want to start together.
  • When you enter, we will ask you if you have a team name to use.
  • When we allocate start times, we will make sure that people in the same team start at the same time.

How do I get to the start?

The start point for London Edinburgh London 2017 will be announced soon.

Will there be another central London prologue?

Unfortunately not. We’ve had to abandon our plans due to other events taking place in central London on the same day. Sorry!

Is there any camping at the start?

Yes. There is a large campsite, Debden House, Essex, near the start.

Along the route

Will you collect me if I break down?

Not necessarily. Although we will have moto crews patrolling some of the route, they will not be able to carry riders. We will have limited capacity to recover riders stranded in remote locations, but ultimately 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.

Can I bring a support vehicle?

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.

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. London Edinburgh London 2017 will mostly use schools as controls. Many of the schools have asked that everybody taking part in the event is registered with us.

Registration costs £100 per vehicle and includes:

  • Dedicated, free parking at the following controls.
    • St Ives, Spalding, Louth, Pocklington, Thirsk, Barnard Castle, Brampton, Moffat and Edinburgh
    • Use of the toilets and showers in these controls.
    • Catering at controls
  • These facilities will only be available at the controls listed above. They will NOT be available at:
    • The start or finish point
    • Eskdalemuir
    • Innerleithen/Traquair
    • 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.
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 drive or 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. Our suggested route for registered support vehicles will be faster and easier, and it will mean less traffic for riders!

Will people be able to check my progress online?

Yes. We will post times that riders arrive at controls on this website.

Note to riders: Our privacy policy tells you how we will use your personal information.

Controls

Is everything really included?

Almost everything. All food and drink at controls is free, as are showers and dormitories. We’ll also supply free towels, blankets and earplugs. Any bike repairs we carry out for you are also free, 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 free.

What facilities are there at each control?

Most controls will offer the same facilities:

  • A choice of hot food, including vegetarian and vegan options
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Showers and towels
  • Dormitory beds and blankets
  • Bike repair
  • Limited basic first aid equipment

However, not all controls will have all these facilities. These controls will not offer all facilities

  • Controls at Innerleithen/Traquair, Eskdalemuir and Great Easton will have no beds or showers available.

Can you take my stuff to controls, and bring it back to London?

Yes we can! When you enter, you can nominate up to two controls for us to send your stuff to. When you register the day before the ride, we will give two canvas drawstring bags. You can place up to 5kg of equipment into each bag. Please do not include fresh food, liquids or glass. We will take the bags to the controls that you nominate, and return them to London when the control closes.

You can send bags to the controls at Louth, Pocklington, Thirsk, Barnard Castle, Brampton, Moffat and Edinburgh.

TIP: If you plan to finish early, remember than bags from the most southern controls will not return to London until Thursday evening.

Can I charge my phone at controls?

Possibly, but don’t count on it.

Will there be wifi at controls?

Possibly, but don’t count on it.

What happens if I arrive late at a control?

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.

Once the official time has passed for the final rider heading back to London, it is up to the discretion of the controller for how long they stay at the control. If you arrive at a control later than the official southbound closing time, and the control is closed, then we are afraid we will not be able to validate your ride.

Tip: controls heading north, as far as Brampton, will remain open until all riders have passed through northbound and southbound. This means you do not need to worry if you have a time deficit early in the ride.