CyclingUK Route?

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Stoo61
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CyclingUK Route?

Postby Stoo61 » 16 Dec 2020, 11:38am

Hi chaps and chapesses,

I can only assume this has been asked before but I'm struggling to find it.

Wondering what are the cons of using the CyclingUK LEJOG route as it is as a GPX file.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/gpx-file-lands-end-john-o-groats-main-route-lejog-or-end-end

Ive popped it into Komoot and my main concern is its use of canal paths and the like. Is it worth just tweaking it?

I'm looking to do solo, as quick as possible, direct, while avoiding dual carriageways and the super busy roads...ya know, the Holy Grail. Not looking to break any records, just smash it out on an out n out roadie.

Thanks.

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Re: CyclingUK Route?

Postby Paulatic » 16 Dec 2020, 12:33pm

I stumbled across this resource the other day. Looks like older CTC material hosted on a groups 2017 JOGLE. I’ve never seen it before but looks quite good info.
There are other CTC routes listed there.
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Re: CyclingUK Route?

Postby Stoo61 » 16 Dec 2020, 4:53pm

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34849205

Found this on another forum and tweaked it on the roads I know in Scotland at least, looks like just what I'm after.

Think it was done for a 7 day LEJOG route.

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Re: CyclingUK Route?

Postby Paulatic » 16 Dec 2020, 6:51pm

That’s a strange route for 7 day ride. Some nice roads in there with unnecessary climbing not what I’d associate with 'getting on'.
e.g. Moffat to Edinburgh I know from experience A701 is quicker. Your route is lovely but also leads you into Edinburgh. Have you any idea how much time you’ll loose navigating through the city?
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Re: CyclingUK Route?

Postby innmk » 16 Dec 2020, 10:45pm

Your Moffat to Edinburgh route is not a fast route and you have some long drags near innerleithen, it is a very nice ride though, its one of my regular rides.

If I was wanting to do this quickly, go on the A701 up over the devils beeftub climb, then route via Peebles, then Penicuik, then you will enter Edinburgh on the west and you can easily route to the bridge.

My planned route next year of course ignores my advice, I'm going via Eskadale muir to Innerleithen, (free accommodation point). Travelling to Edinburgh via pebbles/Penicuik, only to reduce the climbing, road can be busy at times, but its flat. Your route over the granites again is nice, but it is not fast.

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Re: CyclingUK Route?

Postby Paulatic » 17 Dec 2020, 9:05am

innmk wrote:
My planned route next year of course ignores my advice, I'm going via Eskadale muir to Innerleithen, (free accommodation point). Travelling to Edinburgh via pebbles/Penicuik, only to reduce the climbing, road can be busy at times, but its flat. Your route over the granites again is nice, but it is not fast.

Instinctively, from viewing a map, I’d always thought going via Eskdalemuir was more direct if not a bit hillier. I love that route and do it at least once a year.
Experience tells me going to Innerleithen , starting from Lockerbie, it’s five mile shorter going via Moffat Water and around a thousand foot less climbing. I'll guarantee it’s quicker but it does bypass the Community Hub cafe at Eskdalemuir. :(
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