Saltire 200km permanent audax

We’re taking the Morpheus on a big shakedown on Saturday to make sure we’ve identified any niggling issues we need to sort out prior to the big event in July.

The ride chosen is one of Martin Foley’s permanent audaxes – the 206km Saltire. This looks like rather a pleasant run, starting in Musselburgh just to the east of Edinburgh, before tracing out a big cross over the Scottish Borders with controls at Duns, Innerleithen and North Berwick.

Route image from RideWithGPS. Annoyingly this image doesn’t come with a scale – the bottom leg from Duns to Innerleithen is 58km. Click to go to the route page.

It’s also moderately lumpy, so we’ll be able to give the newly oiled Rohloff internal gear hub a good work out on our way towards a trio of Audax climbing points.

At least it finishes with a nice long descent…

There’s a ford at the 147km mark – place your bets now as to whether we’ll end up considerably damper than we were at 146km…

The day after (Sunday 19th) is Pedal On Parliament day. Edinburgh Meadows, 2pm. I wrote before about why it would be great if you could be there – give us a wave should you see us. The dragon hat is being prepared…

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