Denbigh to: Cerrigydrudion
For the best mix of biking roads, incredible scenery and cack your pants laughs you really can't beat North Wales. Just go anywhere, and if your making the trip aim for Betws-y-Coed town centre and stop off at Dill's Diner to meet a like minded crowd. This road is not the fastest, but is almost guaranteed to be quiet even on bank holiday weekends and Sundays. It cuts across Denbigh Moor, past the Clocaenog forest and comes out on the A5 (which is ferkin amazing start to finish). The B4501 has some great bends, some well scary drops with sharp corners appearing from nowhere and, for the most part, excellent visibility. When you reach the A5, turn right towards Betws-y-Coed for a few miles until you see the left turn to Ysbyty Ifan. This is a lane for about 3-4 miles which goes through a small village then goes for 13 miles over more Moor's. You will find half a dozen points to get airborne on this road - it is spot on. You will come out near Trawsfynydd - if you go straight through and up the hill past the Slate Mine you will go over the Crimea Pass - another heart stopper. Yes, I binned my brand new CBR600 up here after only 2 weeks! This road brings you nicely into Betws-y-Coed, and you can head out in any direction for a good crack. The best thing about these roads(not the A5) is the lack of the boys in blue, so get out here and do it!!
Box Hill to: Further South
The section of the A24 from Capel to Horsham is notoriously scabby and poorly surfaced, which is fine if you want a challenge. HOwever there is serious local fury about it at the moment and any of the frequent accidents (car or bike) make (local) headline news. There is going to be resurfacing and re-engineering of this section in a few months, so wait. The alternative route is along the A29 (Roman Stane Street) which is a sublime road. Please resist the temptation to perfect your rolling mile speed tests along the Ockley straight, as you'll probably run into my mum coming out of the hairdressers. Or someone coming out of one of the four pubs- all good. Just down the road (Signs to Okewood Hill) is the Punchbowl, an excellent pub. The A29 gives good access to the As 281 and 272, both lovely. Yours Will (Is he local, Tubs?)
nr. Harlow to: same!
This road is as long or short as you want to make it! The A414 is sheared on the A10 so make sure you take the southernmost (westbound) Chelmsford/Harlow junction. Under the A10 is a wonderful roundabout where you can lean as far as you dare. Big, wide, isolated, excellent surface and few entry points. Bright and early on a summer Sunday is best! For ideal cornering fun it would be a bit smaller (ie, slower) but then it would take less time to go around and you'd be more at risk of annoying the car drivers.
Aylesbury to: Tring
Knee sliding heaven! Probably been submitted before but this double roundabout figure of 8 is EXCELLENT! Take TRING exit off A41 and you are on the roundabout with excellent view. Linked to it is a fantastic long curve which is like a roundabout but with only one road on and one off, fantastic. I have been riding only 6 weeks on FZR600R but can get both left and right knee down all way round. Babylon turn up now and again but usually are very good humoured and ask all to leave. Good in the day, but some Sundays have seen 20+ riders. Enjoy!!
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