Ride to the Sun
Ride to the Sun is a (west) Coast to Coast (east), it’s south to north, Carlisle to Cramond, England to Scotland, an overnight century (100.5 miles), following the path of the Roman legions, and our Ride to the Sun!
Cramond is also a great wee beach, and its only 5 miles to Waverley or Haymarket stations in Edinburgh if you need to grab a train for the journey home.
Ride to the Sun is an unsupported event, more along the lines of an Audax event, than a swanky sportive. What does this mean? Well there will be no signs, no sweeper vehicles and no official organisation as such. You have to take responsibility for yourself your bike and your own safety. The relaxed and friendly vibe is one of the highlights for all the participants and numbers have grown each year since the first event in 2015.
Sunrise at Cramond beach is 4.30am so set off from Carlisle in plenty of time to get there – that’s the informal aim of the event, so don’t sweat if you’re early or late. Estimate the time you think it will take you to ride the route, including the chippy stop and CycloRave™ at the Crook Inn.
A reasonable start time for most folk, from experience, would be between 7.00 and 8.30pm, with slower folk setting off earlier and vice versa – but entirely up to you.
The “The Best Pizza and Kebab” shop in Moffat stays open until 1am so hungry cyclists can buy their own chips, fish supper, lasagne, or even a kebab! Then at the Crook Inn we have bananas and water (and our wee cyclorave) between about 11pm and 2am, there’s a 24hr Esso garage just before the Edinburgh bypass if needed, then FreshStart charity https://www.ridetothesun.co.uk/about