The idea and inspiration for the Ride to the Sun has unashamedly been the Dunwich Dynamo.
Every year, on the Saturday closest to a full moon in July, thousands of cyclists meet in London and ride 120 miles through-the-night to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. There’s no organisation, support crew or logical reason to do it. There’s an informal party on the beach. Southwark Cyclists run the coaches home to make sure you get home safe and sound, or other folk cycle to Ipswich and get the train back from there. And that’s it, no frills.
Following the popularity of the Dunwich Dynamo, overnight rides based upon it are being organised elsewhere, one of the most popular being the Exmouth Exodus which runs from Bath to Exmouth seafront.
If you want to ride through the night to the seaside with a bunch of like minded people then this our northern homage to the Dunwich Dynamo, it is a (west) Coast to Coast (east), it’s Carlisle to Cramond, C2C, England to Scotland, an overnight century, following the path of the Roman legions, and our Ride to the Sun!
Cramond is also a great wee beach, and easily accessible for those living in Edinburgh and Central Scotland. Plus its only 5 miles to Waverley station 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. This relaxed vibe was one of the highlights for all the participants in 2015.
Sunrise at Cramond beach is 4.30am so set off from Carlisle in plenty of time to get there. Estaimte the time you think it will take you to ride the route, including the chippy stop, and set off in plenty of time. A reasonable start time, from experience, would be between 8pm and 10pm.
You have to take responsibility for yourself your bike and your own safety. There will be no food stops but we have arranged with the “The Best Pizza and Kebab” shop in Moffat to stay open so hungry cyclists can buy their own chips, fish supper, lasagne, or even a kebab! There is also a couple of places on route to top up on water.