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Fort William 1000

05/07/2019 - Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire - Audax

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A 1000 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from the Lancashire coast to Fort William and back again - in a weekend!


The Fort William 1000 is a 1007 km cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK, taking place over the weekend of 05 - 08 July 2019.

Starting and finishing near the town of Lytham St. Anne's, Lancashire, the event is a randonnee, not a race! Those taking part will have a maximum of 75-hours to complete the challenging 1007 km route.

The route follows the A6 to Carlisle before taking B-roads to Paisley where a food/sleep station has been arranged at about 305 km.

The route then follows a 400 km loop around the central Highlands passing through, or close to Inveraray; Oban; Fort William & Glen Coe before returning to Paisley at about 705 km.

The south-bound route from Paisley back to Lytham is exactly the reverse as the northern route direction.

Eating during the event:

An optional free breakfast, typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice etc, will be on offer before the start. The event uses commercial controls throughout with the exception os Paisley, which will provide food/drink included in the entry fee.

Showers & sleeping during the event:

Showers and basic sleeping facilities will be available at the Paisley control (305 km & 705 km). Ear-plugs will also be provided. This is included in the entry fee. You are of course free to arrange or book your own accommodation anywhere along the route if you prefer your own comforts/privacy but you will have to pay for this yourself.

Bag Drop:

A bag drop to the Paisley control is included in the entry fee. Drop-bags must not contain any of the following items:

  • Liquids (shower gel is OK though!)
  • Sharp objects
  • Anything fragile/breakable
  • Glass bottles
  • Anything requiring refrigeration

Your drop-bag will be returned to Lytham sometime during Sunday/Monday ready for your arrival!


Most riders will use a standard road bike. Tandem's; trikes; elliptiGo's and recumbant's are permitted provided the machine is propelled soleby by human muscular effort.

Front & rear lights, and a rear reflector are required by UK law for night-riding.


Entry fee: 57.30 when entering online through PayPal on the AUK entry webpage. n.b. non AUK/CTC members will see 3 automatically added to include temporary membership for insurance purposes! Entry fees are non-refundable and will be taken at the time of entry. The entry fee won't fluctuate during the time period that entries remain open. Online entrants will usually receive email confirmation within 72-hours of entering.

Entry fee includes:

  • Brevet card with route instructions
  • Validation with Audax UK (AUK) and Audax Clup Parisien (ACP)
  • Breakfast before the start (typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice etc)
  • Bag drop transportation from Lytham to Paisley and back
  • All food/drink consumed at the Paisley control
  • Sleeping facilities at the Paisley control
  • Refreshments at the finish (typically sandwiches & cakes, tea/coffee/juice etc)
  • 3rd-party insurance for UK-based riders
  • Any photographs taken by the organiser/helpers during the event
  • Commemorative water-bottle & medal

Entry fee doesn't include:

  • Travel expenses incurred travelling to/from the event start/finish
  • Hotel bookings for nights before, during, or after the event
  • Any travel expenses incurred due to you having to abandon the event
  • Spending money

Aspiring entrants should also note the following basic terms and conditions as written on the AUK entry form:

  • The route is open on public roads
  • The route is not waymarked or marshalled
  • Some routes/conditions may be arduous
  • You should prepare by studying the route
  • You are responsible for your safety/conduct
  • The organiser provides no rescue service

To enter, click on the "entry details" link at the top of the page and follow the instructions. This link should eventually direct you to the "enter" page on the AUK website!

** 1000 km not enough? 

The Inverness 1200 is being run concurrently. See for further details! **

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Scout Association
Address Line 2 Heyhouses Lane
County Lancashire
Postcode FY8 3RN
Event Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details

Organiser Details
Name Andy Corless
Email Email Hidden
County Lancashire

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