We had a brilliant Virtual Group Ride using Zoom on Sunday 26 April.
Nigel took us to the Salisbury Plain over gravel roads and ammunition on the ground. The roads are smooth and perfectly fine for road tyres. If there is a red flag flying then do not proceed. If stopped by a sentry – do not proceed. As long as they are not using the Range, you can ride at a moderate speed all day, off road and not annoy anyone.
Here is a coordinate to find the middle of nowhere: N51° 14.767′ W1° 42.066′ Put that into your GPS and ride the plain.
You can find the GPX file for this ride on our website under Group Rides.
Then Wendy Peters took us up to the Manali to Leh road in India. A trip that she has ridden 3 times and 2 more in a truck.
You can find that road HERE It is called the National Highway 3 but it is anything but a highway.
It’s sudden drops and precipitous edged for 500kmh into the Himalayas.
Wendy told us of bandits, snow, rockfalls and the time that their ride-leader sat on a box of dynamite.
The club had a second ride-out on Easter Monday with 22 riders. Jim Hubbard took us to Spain’s amazing N260 in the Pyrennes. Riding from the Atlantic to the Med. Look up the village of Perves to see why he loves it.
Then we went to an amazing cafe in Hampshire called the Handlebar Cafe with Mark Noy. It’s south of Winchester with SO23 9PA as it’s postcode.
Lastly we visited coordinates 54.455411,-2.1605804 which took us to Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire. God’s Own Country.
Everyone got round safely, no punctures and nobody got lost.
On 5 January 2020, we had 31 riders heading down to the seaside and a wonderful view on the Needles. Then we wandered around Bucklers Hard before heading to Beaulieu and then home.
The Needles Eye Cafe coped really well with loads of hungry bikers. Everyone got home safely and had a brilliant time on dry roads and mild January air. Very few cyclists were on the roads which meant that horses, ponies and sheep took their place.
20 riders arrived at Wickham Square on December 7th and met the Conservative MP who wants to stop motorcycles in the Meon Valley. We could have had a lovely debate but we decided to head off to Foundry Motorcycles instead. The roads were dry and the weather warm. Fantastic views at the top of Buster Hill stretched from Bognor to Calshot. Our run leader had a puncture but luckily we had a tyre pump in our panniers.
Foundry Bikes had teas and home-made sausage rolls ready when we arrived. Veggies tried out their cheesy twists. Tom told us about his current project for a French customer and his plans to enter more custom bike shows next year. A brilliant ride to a very cool destination. Thanks to everyone.