London – Edinburgh – London
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.