London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

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London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby vorsprung » 4 Jan 2013, 11:06am

Entries for the 2013 London - Edinburgh - London 1400km audax open tomorrow.

My blog here https://audaxing.wordpress.com/2013/01/ ... gh-london/ has an account of how it went for me in 2005, in case anyone is curious about how these rides work

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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby meic » 8 Jan 2013, 12:16am

I had no intention of entering this event but I do think it rather sad that only those who have private access to computers were able to enter.
Like many other aspects of modern life, those without their own broadband connection were disenfranchised.

It will however help to remove those pesky old beardies who were ruining Audax's image.
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby [XAP]Bob » 8 Jan 2013, 7:11am

Why dies it require private access? Friends and libraries are both able to provide connections....
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby eileithyia » 8 Jan 2013, 7:57am

[XAP]Bob wrote:Why dies it require private access? Friends and libraries are both able to provide connections....

...and my understanding from another forum was, that you needed to be on line at silly o'clock... not exactly friend or library friendly hours.
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby [XAP]Bob » 8 Jan 2013, 10:13am

So it sells out in ten minutes at 10pm.

That's not silly O'Clock - it's late-ish, but most friends/family would be happy to oblige. Or any number of internet cafes (or stop a random teenager on the street)
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby philg » 8 Jan 2013, 12:26pm

Well actually AIUI it sold out around 9am the following morning.

Despite looking forward to my 4th PBP in 2015, for reasons I do not understand, I have never felt the slightest temptation to enter this event :?

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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby Audax67 » 8 Jan 2013, 12:42pm

meic wrote:I had no intention of entering this event but I do think it rather sad that only those who have private access to computers were able to enter.
Like many other aspects of modern life, those without their own broadband connection were disenfranchised.

It will however help to remove those pesky old beardies who were ruining Audax's image.


FWIW, my Inlaw Paw is 95 and uses his computer quite happily. And I'm a pestiferous old beardie who builds web-sites from scratch, designs 3D surveying systems for city councils, and who organizes and road-captains four or five Audaxes a year.

How many have you organized?
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby meic » 8 Jan 2013, 12:46pm

Why do you start the personal assault?

I have a computer with broadband, I wasnt raising this issue for MY benefit.
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby Audax67 » 8 Jan 2013, 12:51pm

meic wrote:Why do you start the personal assault?

I have a computer with broadband, I wasnt raising this issue for MY benefit.


On behalf of all pesky old beardies who "ruin" the image of Audax.
Have we got time for another cuppa?

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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby meic » 8 Jan 2013, 12:55pm

Sorry, my sarcastic and ironic wit doesnt quite come through on the computer.

I consider myself as one of the pesky old beardies who ruin the image as well.
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby Ayesha » 8 Jan 2013, 1:07pm

Couldn't get a connection?
Sold out?
Missed the deadline?

Organise yourself a DIY. They are, after all, public roads.

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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby [XAP]Bob » 8 Jan 2013, 2:46pm

meic wrote:Sorry, my sarcastic and ironic wit doesnt quite come through on the computer.

I consider myself as one of the pesky old beardies who ruin the image as well.


Common error - normally resolved with the yellow circles on the left :wink: :lol:
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby Audax67 » 8 Jan 2013, 6:00pm

meic wrote:Sorry, my sarcastic and ironic wit doesnt quite come through on the computer.


That struck me later, but as my wife had just started throwing up with the norovirus I was somewhat distracted from replying. The trouble with living among furriners for 40 years is that such devices as understatement and irony evaporate from the memetic toolbox. Not that the French don't have irony, they just don't expect it from a furriner and so take him literally.

Please consider my earlier reaction as null & void.

I consider myself as one of the pesky old beardies who ruin the image as well.


Oh good. Of course, it means we have no excuse for carrying straight razors in our HB bags...
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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 9 Jan 2013, 9:59pm

I do see the point in the original post. I own a computer, have access to broadband etc., but was still unable to get a place, as I was on night shift. After what appeared like brilliant organisation, the sign up time and last minute changes did seem a little odd.
I would have been more than happy to send a cheque months ago, have them cash it, then stick my name in a computerised hat along with everyone else. I think that's what happens with the Great North Run. Or perhaps a bettter way would have been to release say 300 places per day, spread over the weekend?
I volunteered at the last event, and don't want to be too critical in light of the organisers' considerable efforts. As it stands, I'm on the reserve list, and if I don't get a place will be helping out. I'd encourage anybody to do the same, because it's a brilliant, cosmopolitan event. Yes, it's not P.B.P., and some naysayers will always claim that we don't have a cycling culture in this country. Judging by the demand for places, I'd say that might be about to change. L.E.L. 2017? 2000 riders? 4000? Whyever not?

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Re: London Edinburgh London 1400km audax

Postby meic » 9 Jan 2013, 10:13pm

I thought that if you volunteered at the last event you were guaranteed a place on this one?
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