Edinburgh control overnight on 29-30th
I’m not long back from helping out at the Edinburgh control on LEL 2013.
It will probably take me a wee while to put some coherent thoughts together, but I see no harm in posting up a random set of photos while the event’s in progress:
Welcoming riders in out of the night. A lot of those who hit the control early were absolutely drenched…
… so as you can imagine, towels, showers, and hot drinks were in hot demand…
… while the blankets came in handy for more than just sleeping!
About half of the beds in one of the two dorm rooms. I don’t think I ever want to see another air bed. Ever!
At the front desk, a crack squad of elite volunteers was poised to stamp cards and strike lines.
The main hall. Who needs a royal event when you can get decked out in LEL bunting?
Drying and re-assembling brevet cards (!)
A steady stream of riders kept arriving through the night.
The weather was much better, so perhaps a good time for hardy souls to put some miles behind them.
Half of the Edinburgh bike racks. Not often you see a quarter of a million in bikes sitting about (given some reasonable assumptions…)
I can’t remember if this photo was ‘artfully angled’ or ‘exhausted incompetence’ 😉
The bed system worked amazingly well, considering the demands of sleeping (and waking) hundreds of riders in a continous stream of in-and-outs
Two predatory looking velomobiles parked up outside the Edinburgh Control (Quest and Quest Carbon XS)
the shoe benches were… malodorous! No getting around it…
Front of house, still managing a smile after a billion hours on duty!