Welwyn Gdn City to: Harlow
As you leave Welwyn drop down on to the B1000 (via Panahanger golf course)and turn right at the bottom,then give it some,but beware of the small exit on left (village idiots) easy as you pass some cottages on right then settle in for the corkscrew, a left/right/left taken at about 85-90 (kph Mr plod honest)on the R1 its lovely and smooth good surface,beware of damp patches after rain.Then its a nice 1 1/2 miles between trees (watch for cars pulling out on right at works exit)respect the speed limits (almost).Come to the roundabout and turn right then at the next turn left,on to the main A414 head into Hertford and watch for the sneaky photographer set up in the pedestrian island just before the railway arch,straight over the round about and launch a minger off the crest under the arch,Wey hey ! then its through the towns dual carriage-way (nice when its quiet) follow the A414 out of town and up to the A10 cross over, all the way round (slippy when damp(BP garage)but nice Knee down in the dry)and take the last exit off(after A10 slip)wait until you pass the left turn for the rugby club and then give it some more,take the right at 130 and then set yourself up for the left at about 90ish,take a late apex to give yourself a good view around (met a Volvo doing a three pointer here ?)under the A10 and then steady until the roundabout.
From here you have a choice,I am not that keen on the straights,but comming off the roundabout on the A414 I usually go for it,to time myself until the foot bridge(best yet 163)just a quarter of a mile from the roundabout !!Then its back off,or on, depending on how you like it,until you get to the Harlow roundabout,where you can carry on til Sawbridgeworth,nice bends for 4/5 miles,or into doughnut city. Going back to the other choice you could have,you can take the second exit at the roundabout and head for Stansted Abbotts,watch the surface,some form of cobbles but as you leave the town Shell grip is laid down on a nice left and then a splendid right up hill and leaving it in third hoist another minger as you crest (at about 120 (R1s only).Follow this road through to the level crossing into Roydon(30 please)and then left for Harlow,or right for Epping grn(more on that the next time. Just a tip guys expect the worst,plan for it and ride safe
Henlow to: Hockliffe (On the A5)
Very nice road with a good surface for 99% of the time. Mostly wide open corners which can be taken at 80+ but a few that might catch you out. Some towns/villages to go through - so respect the speed limits and don't piss people off. If you don't want to do the whole lot, you can go as far as the Clophill roundabout on the A6 then come back. You can also come off the A507 onto the A5120 through Flitwick and onto Houghton Regis. Another nice piece of road.
ITS ONLY4-5 MILES LONG BUT ITS HAS EVERYTING FROM KILLER HAIRPINS, ULTRA QUICK 'S' s AND A SUPER FAST STRAIGHT. FROM PLYMTON TAKE THE ROAD TO BORRINDON HALL AND KEEP GOING (watch out for the take off!) until you reach the cross roads). HEAD FOR CADOVER BRIDGE (STRAIGHT ONish) AND THROTTLE UO TO A HUNDRED (WATCH OUT FOR THE SHEEP). AFTER THE FAST (DIPPING) RIGHT HANDER AND OVER THE BRIDGE THE ROAD TURNS AND SQUIRMS LIKE A SKAKE. KEEP WATCHING OUT FOR THOSE SHEEP WHILST PLAYING DARE WITH THE HAIRPINS. tHE LAST HALF MILE TAKE IS A LEASURELY STROLL INTO YELVERTON WHERE A NICE PLATE OF CHIPS CAN BE HAD AT THE ROCK INN. aLTERNATIVELY YOU CAN GOE ON TO MORTONHAMSTEAD OR CALLINGTON IN CORNWALL. LEE HAZELDINE
Shrewsbury to: Shrewsbury
Circular Route is this, pick it up anywhere you fancy, we start from Shrewsbury, follow A5 north up to Llangollen, loads of fast straights then into islands, test out the brakes, from llangollen follow signposts for Bala and from Bala head for Betsy-coed, when you see signs for doglellau follow them, full of nice sweeping turns and the odd one to try and catch you out, a couple of tight ones so be careful they dont catch you out (it could be a long way down).From doglellau you carry on up to Welshpool (usually a bit of traffic but good fun) from there follow signs to shrewsbury. 2 1/2 hours with fag breaks. Suits all riders Beautiful country to look at if your chillin or beautiful tarmac if your not. P.s If time permits head for Betsy-coed loads of roads round there are ace fun.
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