Edinburgh-Preston-Edinburgh 600

A large field of 37 riders assembled on a typically sharp and windy Edinburgh morning for what would turn out to be an epic ride – just 28 would go on to finish….

The weekend of 28-29th May saw the first Scottish 600km audax of the season, and so for many the earliest opportunity to close off qualifying for Paris-Brest-Paris 2011 by completing the ‘grand slam’ of 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km rides.

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A large field of 37 riders assembled on a typically sharp and windy Edinburgh morning for what would turn out to be an epic ride – just 28 would go on to finish.

Superficially the route was simple – out of Edinburgh on the A701, through Moffat onto the former A74. At Carlisle, take the A6 to Preston – and then return! But despite one of the simplest route sheets in all of audax and the basic fact that there were only four climbs (two hills in each direction) this was going to be a toughie…

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