POLEGATE to: HASTINGS
The bypass from Polegate to Pevensey is now open. It is a balls out racer road with NO Junctions entering into or on it. From the Polegate Roundabout (A22) TURN towards STONE CROSS (hope it aint an omen) and towards Eastbourne (A259.) Cane your baby for about two miles until the roundabout then straight across towards Bexhill/Hastings. This is a balls out fast road. You will love it....BUT BEWARE...........A BLACK 3 SERIES BMW police CAR WITH LAST PART INDEX OF PTW, OR PTM.....ALL CAMERA'D UP...IF IT GETS YAH..JUST GO FOR IT....ALSO THEY have slow volvo t'5 all marked up and visible...ps..no speed camera's.........best time to enjoy the road sunday mornings...no police until middayish if at all!!!
Wantage to: Swindon
What, another good road in Oxfordshire (see B4494)? This one is relatively slow and only a few miles long, but a real test of handling. Do not attempt to go fast on a Pan-European! The key section runs from Letcombe to Ashbury, past the famous White Horse (a great place to stop and picnic). Try it carefully on your first visit. It's VERY tight and twisty, swooping up and down enough to make you seasick, and has nice gravelly apexes, bumpy patches and barbed wire fences everywhere to add spice. But it's very satisfying when you get it right. Mid-week off-peak is best, and unfortunately should be avoided on Sundays, when the road fills up with hikers, cyclists, grannies etc.
London to: Salcombe
Come out of London on M3 join A303 , long sweeping bends, v.fast straights with some gatso's clearly signposted, loads of round-a-bouts to surf all really good quality surface with little traffic, even on Bank Holiday weekend. Stop off at Stonehenge for a half way smoke then onto Exeter. Join A38 and come off at any number of junctions for last 20 miles to Salcombe on tight technical twisties finish at Kings Arms.
Callan to: Carrick on Suir
The northern 8 miles or so from Callan to Tullaghought is a mix of some bends and reasonably long straights with a nice sprinkling of fast sweepers.
From Tullaghought to Carrick, the road follows the river valley for a few miles and is a challenging succession of bends with a nice blast open mile a couple of miles from the end before you hit the final series of bends into Carrick.
Surface variable, mostly ok, but you take your chances, especially along the river valley. Probably not the supersports rider's favourite type of tarmac, but for something with half-decent suspension and ok tyres, it's a nice run.
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