The first ride-out from the Downs is here!
**Update: ** Ok, I’ve now finalised the route, and for all those hoping for us to head out into the Leicestershire countryside, you’re in for a treat. It will be about a 200 mile round trip, and will be a good mix of fast and twisty A and B roads, and a pub lunch in between.
Breaking News! As never done before (by me), here is the route to and from our lunch destination, just to whet your appetites…well, this is what it should be, as long my “GM” sat-nav works on the day.
Of course, these routes are subject to change at my discretion, and without prior notice. :hehe:
We’ll be meeting in the same car park as usual (see link below) from 10am onwards, with an estimated departure time of 10:30am. You’ll need a full tank of gas, so don’t forget to fill up beforehand. Don’t worry, there will be a fuel stop for those with minimal tank range.
**NB ** I don’t keep a register, so if you turn up after 10:30am, and there’s no one there, it means we’ve already gone. If you don’t know where the meeting place is, there are plenty of LBers who do, so it may be easier to come with them, if you can.
As always, the cornerman system will be used. Below is a simple explanation for all those unsure what this means.
Lead rider (me) heads the group. Do not pass unless you decide you’re leaving the ride.
Tail gunner (any volunteers?) is always at the back. Always stay in front of this rider.
If you are immediately behind the lead rider, and we cross a junction, stop to mark the corner if indicated to, or if you think it would be helpful to do so (it’s never wrong to mark a junction). Wait until the tail gunner arrives, and ride off ahead of them. DO NOT move until they reach you, no matter how long you are waiting!
If the lead rider has stopped to mark a corner, and you are the first rider to catch up, stop to take his place until the tail gunner arrives for you.
If there are no corner markers at a junction, assume to follow the road. Sometimes markers aren’t needed if it is obvious.
MOST IMPORTANT: Ride at your own pace within the front and rear riders. The marker system will ensure you know where to go, without having to race to keep up, so you can stay safe.
Rain or shine, the ride will be on…unless it snows, of course!