Bedford to: Somewhere near Peterborough (A1)
I first rode this little blinder back in 1986 when I passed my bike test and have never tired of it. Coming out of Bedford past the Golf centre on your right there is nearly always a speed trap, so take it easy until you see the G.L.F (go like f..k) sign. You start off with a tight right hander and then swoop downhill- watch for blind car drivers at the jct at the bottom of the hill. This road consists of many 90 deg. bends but all are visible and the land is mainly undulating. Because of these it is a cracking place to learn how to get your knee down. In one of the tiny villages there is a primary school right by the side of the road so PLEASE keep your speed down thru there folks. When you reach the T- junction at Kimbolton turn left and through Kimbolton itself. Immediately after the village turn right and carry on, the road becoming a litte bumpy in places. Cross over the A14 on the flyover and turn right at the T jct.After Old Weston turn right at first jct (this is easy to miss!) and carry on. Enjoy until the A1 and turn round- the road is very different the other way as some bends have non constant radii!
Perth to: Aberdeen
For all rider's who like me, have experienced the EDINBURGH to MOFAT run and the MOFAT to SELKIRK run this is one not to be missed!!!!!! head for Perth (if like me coming from EDINBURGH use M90) once you arrive in perth fill up! (next stop 70miles) Then head for sign's directing you to DEESIDE TOURIST ROUTE TO ABERDEEN follow this road carfuly for about 15 miles, this get's you past all the small villages and town's outside PERTH you'll know when the route starts because there's an iron bridge you have to cross that's single track. After this point the road become's F*!ing brill it's full of fast bend's huge straights and section's of tight twistie's the trip up over Glen Shie is breath taking (FUCK SENIC VIEWS JUST NAIL IT). At Braemar it' time to fill up, and carry on to Aberdeen (more brilliant roads) Police tend to stay around small villages so if you stick to 30MPH aproaching small villages you'll be OK and so will every one else in the future Have fun and keep it rubber side down!!
Ingleton to: Hawes
'THE CHEESE RUN' from Gt Manchester take A59 west towards Gisburn from Preston side.Turn left at Gisburn A682 and head up to A65 for Settle.Through Setle up to Ingleton, beware Police, then turn right onto B6255 signposted 'White Scar Caves' go through village then out onto fast road which is mainly straight until you reach Ribblehead Viaduct. Brew stop there,then carry on through twisty bits to Hawes. Road gives good forward views. Get some Wensleydale cheese from the factory, then out on A684 and left onto A683 down to Devils Bridge for burger then home to wife saying you just nipped out to get some cheese!.
Larne (Northern Ireland) to: Ballintoy, Co. Antrim.
If you're headed for the Northwest 2000 at Portrush this road's on your way from GB, particularly if you take the ferry across from Stranraer (Cairnrayan, nerby, actually sales into Larne). but if you're coming to Northern Ireland for any Roadraces, iuncluding the Sunflower, do this anyway - stay a little longer and you won't be disappointed with the roads! The route: the legendary A2 from Larne to Ballycastle via the Antrim Coast Road icluding the breathtaking scenic route over Torr Head from Cushenden. Smell the sea and seaweed! Best undertaken on a fine day wihtout a gale blowing in yer face! Head North from Larne,towards Glenarm. Watchout for suicidal Sunday drivers along the whole route! Narrow bridges in the cliffs best taken slowly. By Carlough hopefully the traffic thins out a bit - there aren't hugoe overtaking opportunities on this road but there are some good long straights if you're patient. Carry on North to Glenariff and then Cushendall, going inland slightly before turning East again to get to Cushenden. From here the roads amazinf up downs and switchbacks, but don't ride over the cliffs - the seas cold st this time of year. This is the full-on concentration bit, with no opportunities to go mad unless you're already certified - the surface is not quite up to it and a full-face Range Rover is waiting over the next brow to facilitate an unscheduled conference with sheep in ajoining fields. You can detour off the A2 if time and curiosity allow. Personally I like to press on (some very sudden bends as you cross Torr Head) through Ballycastle to pause at Ballintoy for very cheap food and cakes at the harbour - highly recommended but don't park your bike in the sea! And the route back. Well, the way you came, of course. If anything, its even more exciting coming back downhill. this was the first day's outing I had when I passed my test and bought a bike. I must've been totally barmy. But the views (if you get a chance!) on the way back more than make up for repeating the route. And then, you're just going to have to do it all over again, Clive....
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