July 31, 2009
“We are very pleased to say that ‘Super Simon’ rode in to London just after 5am this morning having successfully completed London-Edinburgh-London 2009. Greeted with a bottle of champagne, he was looking tired to say the least, but what a fantastic achievement to have ridden 1400km in 5 days and in such atrocious conditions. Utterly brilliant effort!
We’ll hopefully have some pictures of the ride to post up soon.”
July 30, 2009
“We received information from Simon earlier today. He is doing really well but is obviously very tired and nursing himself through. He got to Thorne at 1am last night and left at 5.45am to anticipate arrival at Gam for 10.30pm, for a quick stop, then through the night to the end. He’s hoping to finish in the early hours on Friday morning.
Fantastic effort Simon. We’re rooting for you.”
July 29, 2009
“We’ve had a second blow to the team. My Achilles Tendon has swollen to the extent that I am no longer able to pedal with my left leg. Yesterday afternoon was hell, and within 30 minutes of Edinburgh I had to make the very upsetting decision to retire from the ride.
I can’t tell you how fustrated I am, particularly with this weather! The cold has really played havoc, and although the ‘machines’ were performing brilliantly, the ‘men’ have had some rotten luck.
Our soul survivor Simon is bravely striving onwards against this appalling rain and the driving winds. We’ll keep you posted- he may just make it!”
July 28, 2009
“It’s 12.37pm and we’ve got some sad news. Dan has torn a cruciate ligament so has had to retire from the ride on doctor’s orders, having reached 597km. This is particularly upsetting as it is the first ride that Dan has not been able to complete in over 20 years.
Simon and myself are carrying on and hope to reach Edinburgh by 2pm today.”
July 27, 2009
“It’s 6.37pm and we’re at Middleton Tyas, 462km in. It was very wet last night and very windy today so we’re finding it hard work. But everyone is doing ok.”
July 26, 2009
“It’s 3.55pm and we’ve covered around 50miles travelling at an average of 21mph.
The start went well at 1.45pm with a couple of hundred in the one group. There were a lot of Italians going hell-for-leather and it was difficult to keep up for the first couple of miles.
The Moulton group has split up with Dan taking the lead and myself in second. Simon only got a couple of hours sleep last night so is taking it easy at the beginning.
There has been a big tail wind, nice flat countryside, a little drizzle, but generally the weather is good and a nice temperature.
The Moulton is working perfectly and I’m looking forward to the long night ahead!”
June 23, 2009
On the 26th of July Shaun Moulton and two friends are riding their Moulton bicycles from London to Edinburgh and back to London again. The total distance is 1400Km or 875 miles to be ridden in 110hrs (five days).
Start and finish will be at the Lea Valley YHA, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts EN8 9AJ.
Leave M25 at junc. 25, take the A10, follow signs for Ceshunt, follow brown signs to Hostel. Ride starts at 1400hrs on Sunday 26th July. Return all being well, should be late Thursday 30th July or sometime on Friday 31st July at the same location.
This is an Audax (Audacious, Fr. Audere; to dare) UK organised ride event that comes around every four years. The ride came about as the Tour De France was seen to be not hard enough, so the more well known long distance ride ‘Paris Brest Paris’ was born from the French Audax body. Not to be beaten the British decided to go one up with London Edinburgh London which is longer but allows a bit more time.
As Moultons have over the last five decades been used for touring across Continents, Race Across America (RAAM), and with a World Speed Record unbeaten since 1986 (Fully faired, conventional riding position, unpaced -ie. not behind a vehicle), we decided to have a go at this fast becoming famous long distance ride ( James Cracknell has put it on his ‘Hard’ level of challenges to crack!)
We will break the ride down into manageable chunks, the first and longest haul of 630km will be done without any sleep, 6hrs sleep, a ride of 300km and 5hrs sleep and then the final 300km and hopefull crank into London on Thursday night or early Friday.
The three of us are:
Dan Farrell, in house design engineer at Pashley Cycles and Moulton Bicycles, who has ridden Moultons long distance for a good deal of his life and has completed the ride before (ten years ago), he has completed Paris Brest Paris twice.
Simon Jacobs of Chesterton Humberts in Wiltshire who borrowed a Moulton for ‘The Help for Heroes’ ride in the North of France in 2008 and is riding LEL in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance service.
Shaun Moulton of Moulton Bicycles, Bradford on Avon who has worked at Moultons for fifteen years and is riding in aid of Lake Bunyonyi Orphan’s and Community School, Uganda having worked with the Richard Feilden Foundation there last year.
Offers of sponsorship would be most welcome. Please contact Shaun on 01226 865895 during the working day or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship money would be gratefully received by cheque made out to the ‘Richard Feilden Foundation’.
Please send by post to Shaun Moulton, The Moulton Bicycle Co., Holt Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA151AH.