July 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm #16003RadarModerator
Crossgates Run – 01/07/2018
There was a time when this run was pretty much the staple of my riding time. The pressure on me from work and a young family often meant that a quick 3-4 hour blast to and from the café at Crossgates was all the biking time I would get once or twice a month. I got to know the run well. But time has passed, pressure on my time has eased as my kids got have older and in recent years I have enjoyed more bike time riding much further afield. So as a result the good old ‘Crossgates Run’ has become somewhat neglected. So last weekend I gathered the troops and put that right….Old mate Andy aka ‘Red-Leader’ rocked up on his BMW R1200R and lead the line as he used to, while Toggsy (CBR1000RR), Matt (GS1200A) and Kat (RSV1000) joined me on my MV to ‘do the loop’.
So far the summer of 2018 has been a corker weather wise and this morning was no different as we neatly lined up astern of ‘Red-Leader’ on his R1200: Up the Bewdley by pass, going over the bridge across over the River Severn as the throttles opened and the exhaust notes began to harden…out through Far Forest, we stopped for fuel in Cleobury ~ why does somebody always turn up for a rideout running on fumes? Then over Clee Hill, where the view was particularly stunning today. Skirting the town of Ludlow on the by-pass the miles just melted away as we sliced across country through the rustic and utterly charming village of Leintwardine. From here it was Knighton before returning to the main road for the final run into Crossgates and the rather stonking café there. 60 miles dispatched in near perfect weather. Time for a suitably refreshing ‘light-salad’ before retracing our steps to get home. Again a cracking 60 miles in ideal conditions. One of the most enjoyable rides that I have undertaken on my MV in the three years I have owned it.Thanks to Andy M for expertly leading the line and thanks to the lads for keeping me company so well. I will be back on the loop much sooner next time!
A few pictures:
There’s always one…
The traditional ‘Boy-Band’ shot…F#ck That on tour
Random Triumph custom amongst the the more modern metal at Crossgates, me likey!
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