The 1000 entry slots for the 2013 London Edinburgh London 1400km sold out in a little over 12 hours.
This is unprecedented. Maybe it’s due to the popularity of cycling in the UK, maybe the way that international entrants are now all using the Internet or maybe the excellent publicity that the LEL team have done.
But what if you have missed out? What are the alternatives?
UK Alternative Rides
The LEL is organised closely with Audax UK. Audax UK are involved with all the long, brevet style rides in the UK. So there won’t be any other rides that are really long and that “clash” with the LEL
The nearest long ride in date and geography to the LEL is The Buzzard 600km This is a much more self supported event than the LEL however.
For a less basic ride, you’ll have to go earlier and further away. The National 400km goes from Tiverton, Devon on June the 15th. It should have a large field of riders and excellent encouragement along the way
European Alternative Rides
If you want to ride 1000km+ then you’ll have to look outside the UK
In the rest of Europe there are plenty of long rides this year. In particular the Madrid-Gijon-Marid 1200km is running in Spain.
In France there are several 1000km events. I think that the Grimpeurs du Sud 1000km looks like great fun, and it’s only 10 Euros to enter but it is a lot more taxing than the LEL