London Edinburgh London Cycle event arrives in Brampton

This year’s London Edinburgh London Cycle event will be coming through Brampton with overnight stops at William Howard School.  A thousand cyclists from 33 different countries are set to cycle 1400 kilometres (about 870miles) from London to Edinburgh and back again in under five days.

The London-Edinburgh-London cycle event is a bicycle event held every four years in the UK on an out-and-back course between the capital cities of London and Edinburgh. The first London-Edinburgh-London was in 1989 when there were 29 starters and 26 finishers. This year’s London-Edinburgh-London will take place between 28th July and 2nd August.  William Howard School in Brampton is one of 13 control points along the way providing accommodation, food and drink, and a shower, for riders as they travel north into Scotland, and again as they go south back to London.

London-Edinburgh-London is organised by Audax UK, the internationally recognised long-distance cycling association in the UK. Audax (latin for ‘bold’) is a cycling sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit.  Non-competitive, success in an event is measured by its completion.  Audax has its origins in Italian endurance sports of the late nineteenth century with the first recorded audax cycling event taking place on 12th June 12, 1897. Twelve Italian cyclists attempted the challenge of cycling from Rome to Naples, a distance of 230km, during daylight hours. Similar events became popular elsewhere and the rules were formalised in France in the early 20th century.

We can expect the cyclists to be riding through Brampton any time between the early hours of Monday 29th and the evening of Tuesday 30th July.