£35 from London Kings Cross to Manchester on Virgin site at the moment.
Duly hatched: I am on the 8.40 p.m. train from Euston arriving Manchester 10.48, which cost me a mere £14.50 with a railcard 2 months agoI am hatching a plan
Thanks, Stu. This is a top tip. Am now booked on the 21.40 going from Euston, arriving at Manch Picc 23.50.Virgin West Coast (the actual operator) won't let you reserve cycle spaces online.
Virgin East Coast…does. Euston-Manchester ticket with bike space booked, £22....
No cheap tickets from Lancaster as yet, it seems....
Email sent.Sorry for the delay, but here's the info to sign up for the ride:-
Register for the ride by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ride is 65 miles long and we head out of Manchester to Bury and then Tottington. This part of the ride is mostly up long, gradual climbs on urban roads.
- your name
- CTC/BC/LCC membership number (for insurance purposes)
- your 'phone number
- an emergency contact number
- confirmation that you've read and understood the basics; http://fridaynightridetothecoast.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-basics.html
After Tottington we climb onto the moors above Egerton. Apart from one short, steep ramp, the gradients are relatively benign and the roads are very quiet.
We reach 350m above sea level before a long, long descent to Blackburn and the (not quite) half-way stop at the McDonalds in Whitebirk.
Suitably refreshed, we have a further brief spell of suburbia, before another epic descent to Ribchester. This is followed by the last significant climb of the ride, the drag to Longridge.
The rest of the route is best described as "rolling" and we tend to ride this as a fairly compact group.
Weather permitting, we'll skirt Lancaster by using the coastal path and head to Morecambe by the bike route built on an old railway line.
After pictures with Eric, we'll return to Lancaster for breakfast in a Wetherspoons. It's about 5 minutes by bike from the station.
It's the same procedure as last year, the same procedure as every year.
Please feel free to ask questions either here or via e-mail.
I have seen this done. A chap removed the wheels and put them in a large blue Ikea bag and put the remaining frame upside down in the guard's van. I asked the guard if this was OK and he it was because the steel frame without wheels didn't count as a bicycle. Later I saw the wheels on the train in the luggage rack above the aforesaid cyclist. This was going King's Cross to York.Can I take the wheels off, put frame and wheels in a bag as luggage?
Yes. And in fact 3 years ago, as all the bike spaces were booked, the guard actually told someone to take the wheels off, as then it's not a bike, but luggage.Question: Can I take the wheels off, put frame and wheels in a bag as luggage? Guess who forgot to book a bike res and there's no space on the 1940 out
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