Capital Trail 2016
The Capital Trail is a self-supported mountain bike time-trial which starts and finishes on Portobello Beach. First run as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2015, the Capital Trail was the brain child of Markus Stitz.
This year the Capital Trail was not run in June as Markus was cycling single speed round the world. However, this year the Capital Trail will be 1st-2nd October (please note the change of date), once Markus has returned to Scotland. There will be a few minor tweeks to the route, following feedback from last years event. As the Capital Trail is a self supported event the rules are simple (see below), all that is provided is inspiration, a light breakfast at the suggested start time and a GPS track file. A list of completion times will be published for those who carry trackers. The number of riders will be limited to 100 for the suggested start time.
Along the route of the you may experience Scotland’s beautiful sunny blue skies and beautiful views. However, the weather in Scotland can change on a whim and you are just as likely to find yourself besieged by cold lashing rain and high winds (don’t say you haven’t be warned). In short, do not attempt this ride unprepared. When taking part we recommend that you approach this ride as an independent expedition, fully prepared for your own limitations and whatever nature may throw at you. The rewards for riding the Capital Trail route will be plenty.
Update: The Capital Trail will be a prolog the main Edinburgh Festival of Cycling on 3rd/4th June 2017.
- Complete the entire route, under your own power – no drafting
- Riders must completely self-supported throughout the ride – no support crews and no gear sharing. However, you can ride as part of a small group, so long as you are equipped to ride the entire route on your own.
- Only use commercial services that are available to all challengers – no private resupply, no private lodging
- If you have to leave the route, you must rejoin it at the exactly same spot
- No caches of any kind
- No pre-arranged support, which means before you begin your ride – e.g. booking a B&B, arranging to meet a vehicle
- No travel by any motorised means during your ride. By all means do so if necessary, but if you do your attempt is over
- Gear – nothing required, nothing prohibited