EDINBURGH CASTLE – STORM CALLUM
From the Cycle to Syracuse Facebook page.
A yellow warning for rain is in place for Saturday 13th October, for the duration of the Cycle to Syracuse event over the southern end of the route.
The current high winds experienced throughout Friday 12th October are forecast to calm this evening, leaving a moderate southerly breeze overnight and into tomorrow for the entire day.
As things stand, the event remains unchanged, subject to a risk assessment at 0600hrs on Saturday 13th.
Contingency plans have been discussed should the rain persist to a point where visibility and road surface conditions became unsafe on the open road – which would allow both the Lockerbie procession and Edinburgh processions to continue. Buses and vans will be used in this scenario to transport cyclists and equipment should the need arise.
For now, all cyclists should be prepared for suitable wet weather clothing and ensure that front are rear lights are fitted and fully charged, for additional visibility if necessary. The vast majority of participating cyclists are highly experienced on the road in many conditions, and a pool of several motorbikes, vans and marked cars will all contribute to the safety arrangements – however safety will remain under constant review before and during the event.
Look back and act forward seems like very pertinent advice at this stage.
I am now in Edinburgh after a wild drive down for home the weather was extremely windy and the rivers are in flood! I am staying with Mark Hartree and Fiona in Edinburgh and up early for the drive to Lockerbie . Mark was with us at Lockerbie with me in the Mountain Rescue in 1988 we are meeting up with Scouse Atkins another troop from the RAF. Mountain Rescue Team who was also at Lockerbie in 1988. They were young men then and will be looking after me on the cycle! I am in good hands and cannot thank them enough for their help! There will be lots of memories tomorrow.
It will be an emotional day !