05 Sep 2017
In August, member of staff, Royston Wood rode the London-Edinburgh-London Audax UK cycle ride to help raise funds for the firm’s charity of the year, the RNLI.
The 900 mile route was roughly the same length as Land’s End to John O’Groats, a popular endurance cycling challenge across the entire length of mainland Britain, which most riders complete over 14 days. The difference with London-Edinburgh-London was that it was run under Audax UK conditions so each rider was expected to be self-sufficient and there was a maximum time limit of 116 hours (4 hours less than 5 days) to complete the ride.
1429 rider started the event representing 58 different nations, many travelling halfway around the world to take part. With riders being set off in batches every 15 minutes to avoid traffic congestion, it took from 06:00 until 16:00 for all the riders to start.
The finish times were much more widely spread. Weather conditions were far from ideal with high winds, heavy rain and poor visibility on high ground resulting in slower than anticipated average moving speeds and a high rate of mechanical failures and accidents. Whilst Royston completed the challenge in 111 hours, raising £265 plus gift aid for the RNLI, sadly 43% of riders did not complete the course within the time limit, although many did complete within the next 24 hours. The quickest riders completed in 3 days!