North Circ to: Basildon and beyond
Great road for going top whack on a sunday morning. 3 lanes of good surface and no cops ( commuted for a year including weekends), very wide but not twisty. goes 2 lane before bas but few entry/exits so easy to watch for trouble. Don't know their unmarked cars (yet) londoners - enjoy
The Cat and Fiddle, Cheshire to: Junction of the A523
So, you think the Cat and Fiddle is hard work? OK, not so many twisties, and a variety of surfaces, this is best done the wrong way round, tho for the first timer, best tackled from the Cat and Fiddle end of things near Macc. Go past the Cat', look out for the hidden dip as you drop left, turn right onto the road that comes back on yourself (the A54 to Congleton)...dead straight but bumpy, then it goes a bit mental, with large drops on the left and blind right handers. This is THE raod to get airborne on, and often coming the other way you can get the front wheel well in the air as the road turn L/R beneath you...heheheh!
There is one particular section just past the turning for Macc forest, coming toward the Cat, looks like a table-top and can almost be taken as such whilst legal, tho for most danger, exceeding by 30% will help air-time...
There are a couple of sections of really crappy surface toward the end of the road, so watch out. Also, if you decide to carry on over the traffic lights (watch out for red-light runners, this junction has seen a lot of fatalities from red light repmobile runners) watch out for the speed cam as you start to come into Congleton - it's on the start of a steep downhill section about 100 yards after the 40 signs, so you should (of course) be sticking the speed down anyway...most fun is to be had by turning round and riding the rollercoaster sections of this road anyway...
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!!
Albertville via St, Jean de Maurienne to: Briancon via the Col De Galibier .France
Well, as my fav. road is already mentioned here (Hexham to Penrith) I'll go abroad and to the French Alps. I've done this 1 a few times and it is worth the trip. as an ex TT rider i think i can appreciate a good bike road and this is it! Get yourself to Annecy, its beautiful, and down to Albertville then onto the N90 and turn off for St Jean de Maurienne. Then onto the D902 to Valloire which is a ski resort , so go in the summer! Camping. The road then goes onto the climb up to the summit of the Col de Galibier. Great views followed by a magnificent drop down to Briancon, twists turns the lot.Fast sweepers and some wangly bits. We shocked some germans on it 2 years ago and i was on my 81 CX 500 withy lots of luggage, they were on 1100 Bee Emms. Lots more good routes in this area. Col de Madeleine just before this etc . Go for it !!
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