Etape Caledonia - travelling advice

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Adam Lea, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Adam Lea

    Adam Lea Guest

    I am going up to Pitlochy in May to do the Etape Caledonia and have
    booked advance train tickets, but I could only get a cycle reservation
    for the journey back, not the outward journey. I was planning to have a
    go on the phone or going to Kings Cross station to see if I could get a
    cycle reservation on the outbound East Coast train I have booked, but if
    it turns out not to be possible what is the best thing to do? Not sure
    if the Etape organisers would allow me to participate on my folder. Is
    sending the bike up to my B&B in advance a feasible alternative and how
    much would this cost?
    Adam Lea, Mar 7, 2010
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  2. Adam Lea

    James Guest

    If it's a big enough event, might you find a few people locally making
    the same trip and share transport (eg hire a van and drive)?

    James, Mar 8, 2010
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  3. Adam Lea

    Adam Lea Guest

    500 miles is a long way to drive plus it will involve some of the most
    congested motorways in the country.
    Adam Lea, Mar 8, 2010
  4. Adam Lea

    John Burns Guest

    if the Etape organisers would allow me to participate on my folder. Is
    Have you seen those bike bags that are designed for sending sending
    bikes on a plane? Basically you remove the wheels and extermities and it
    goes down to the size of the frame. I don't know of any rule that'd stop
    you from taking one of those on a train ;-)

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  5. Adam Lea

    James Guest

    Agreed, I wouldn't much want to do it myself but it seems plenty of
    people do that sort of thing. After all the alternative is 500 miles
    on some of the worst railways in the developed world, with bicycle
    bookings to negotiate :)

    James, Mar 8, 2010
  6. Adam Lea

    Adam Lea Guest

    I don't think the intercity rail lines are that bad at all. I use Virgin
    trains several times a year to get to my family and I find it excellent.
    I have had the occasional severe delay but they have been due to things
    like overrunning engineering works which are not the fault of the rail
    operating company.

    Given that the M40 and M6 are about as enjoyable as a flame war with
    Steve Firth and the Medway Handyman I would much prefer to take the
    train for long distance journeys anytime.
    Adam Lea, Mar 8, 2010
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