Stage two of Cycle to Syracuse, known at 'The Cairn to the Castle', involves a 70 mile cycle ride from the memorial cairn at Lockerbie Academy to Edinburgh Castle. The event will take place on Saturday 13th October 2018.

The core team of five local cyclists will be joined by fellow cyclists from Lockerbie and surrounding towns and riders from the emergency services. This is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime ride into the heart of Scotland’s Capital and its iconic landmark.

There are currently 120 cyclists invited. There is no capacity to take any more. We will therefore split into 6 x groups of 20 riders and stagger the departure across a 45 minute period (full details are downloadable below)

The Cairn to the Castle - Cyclist Information

All cyclists taking part in the Cairn to Castle cycle event are advised to read the downloadable PDF event plan.

Please do take the time to read it and absorb it. With 105 cyclists, and a strict timetable to adhere to, particularly as we are being escorted in central Edinburgh for an amazing finish, it's crucial that everyone understands some of the unique features of what this event will entail, and to play an efficient part within it.

Download Cyclist Information PDF


Key timings for the cyclists taking part in the event

07:30 - Registration at Lockerbie Academy commences - Assemble Lockerbie Academy
08:30 - Leave the Cairn, escorted by Lockerbie Pipe Band, to Town Hall –
08:40 - Several events planned within Lockerbie

09:00 - 09:45 - Cyclists leave Academy in 6 x groups of 20, staggered periods
10:00 - 10:40 - Moffat Initial Refreshment (19 Miles) – Water station at Beeftub Summit (25 miles)
11:30 - 12:30 Main Refreshment station – Broughton Village (42 Miles)
14:30 - 15:15 - Water station – Leadburn (58 Miles)
15:00 - 17:00 - Arrival at Edinburgh Waverly Railway Station (71 miles) Opportunity to change footwear/top/refresh and regroup. The station manager has kindly agreed to host us while we re-assemble for the final entrance to the Castle.

17:15 - Assembled group cycles from Station to Castle Esplanade – then escorted by Scottish Power Pipe Band to castle drawbridge – two pipers to escort dismounted cyclists on foot through castle grounds to Great Hall
1800-2000 - UK Government hosted event at Edinburgh Castle Great Hall