The Ride Stuff

The adventures of a couple of happy bikers

BIKE Protest Ride – Part 2

Jess and I left home at 7.00am on Sunday morning for the scheduled 10.00am meet at Bike HQ in Peterborough. Jess had a work colleague who wanted to ride with us but after waiting for half-an-hour at a Services area for him and him not showing, we left without him. (He later texted Jess to say that he had overslept. Hmmm!) 

About 200 riders turned up at the Bike offices and after a quick briefing we set off.

The briefing

There were about 4 or 5 Bike staffers who marshalled it all superbly. They made sure that they had a rider at each intersection to direct us along the correct route. Those boys sure know how to ride, as once they had seen the last rider through, they then had to get ahead of the pack again for the next set of intersections. Hats off to them for doing so well!

Jess and I didn’t have a chance to fill-up in Peterborough after our ride from Norwich, so we had to stop in Colsterworth to refuel. We lost the pack here but a couple of other riders also needed to refuel, so we grouped together and found our own way in Melton Mowbray where they had stopped for a tea break.

Queuing at the tea-room in Melton Mowbray

A short while later we were on our way again. The only hiccup we had was when we discovered that one of the roads had been closed as a result of an accident (nothing to do with us) so there was a quick pow-wow while they worked out an alternatative route.

The road ahead is closed

We eventually made it back to Bike HQ at about 4.00pm. Jess and I were feeling pretty tired by then, so we went off to the local KFC for some food and drink and then she headed off back home, while I headed back to London.

A weary Jess back at Bike HQ

All in all it was a great day out and we covered about 120 miles (not including getting there and back) and saw some fantastic biking roads. Apparently, these are the roads that they use when testing new bikes.

I’m not sure how the protest will help at all, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

The route

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