Due to an annoying scheduling clash, I had to give this years Ride to the Sun a miss, having ridden the first year out of curiosity. I then returned with friends for an enjoyable down-and-back route last year due to increased interest in the event and the ever-present difficulty of getting more than one bike on a train in the UK.
It’s very much a “because it’s there” type of event; the only things that you’re racing are your bike light’s batteries and the sunrise at Cramond — there’s a great camaraderie in the shared adventure. The route is relatively flat with only one climb to speak of (the fantastically-named Devil’s Beef Tub — just after Moffat and the chip shop stop).
All being well, I’ll be back for 2018.