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| Blog, Cycling Plus, Features | 15/01/2013 11:28am

May the 3rd 2013 marks the start of one of the most ambitious and toughest sportives the UK has ever seen: the Rat Race Road Trip. After starting from Tower Bridge in London, riders will then have the simple to task of riding to… Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. That’s 400 miles. Oh, and they’ve got to do it in either just four or two days!

After leaving London, the Road Trip heads 100 miles to Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire. Here, riders taking four days – or Challengers – will stay overnight. Experts – riders who’ve opted for the two-day challenge – will have to push on for a fast, flat 96 miles to York before they can get some sleep.

After both teams stay in York, the next stage is a hilly 113 miles out of the Vale of York into the Howardian Hills and then onto the rolling roads of Northumberland. Challengers will bed down in the shadow of Alnwick Castle while Experts will dig in and push for the border…

The final stage is 87 miles of border country, starting with a testing hill climb, then crossing over into Scotland and onto some of the best cycling roads in Britain before arriving at Edinburgh Castle.

Yep, it sounds nuts, but when we mentioned the Rat Race Road Trip to Michelin-starred chef and cycling fanatic Alan Murchison – the man behind the delicious recipes in Cycling Plus – he leapt at the chance to take part. “It sounds like an incredible event,” says Alan, who finished 12th at the World Duathlon Championships in 2012. “And I love a challenge so I thought why not get a team together and try to nail the two-day version!”

Team captain Alan is cooking up a challenge…








So Alan will be captain of Team Cycling Plus Specialized and we’re looking for at least one Cycling Plus reader to join him. Before you consider putting yourself forward, though, it’s well worth taking a close look at just how tough it’s going to be. You’ve got to ride 400 miles in two days, you’re unlikely to get a great deal of sleep and you might even be subjected to one of Alan’s patented intense Great British Menu stares…

If you think you’ve got what it takes, email us at and outline why you should join the team. If you’re selected we’ll help you out with some fantastic bikes and gear from Specialized plus training and, of course, nutrition advice!

Hurry up, though, we’ll be finalising our team members week commencing February 4th!
For more information on the Rat Race Road Trip click here!


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