– 18.6 miles, Crim­don to the Wheat­sheaf Inn, Chilton.


Gary Clarke’s 1952 Fran­cis Bar­nett Power­bike is the old­est, gamest en­trant. He’s at­tached a Dakar-style road book which means three things: he’s clever; he’ll know the way; he is my new best friend. The grand depart is chaotic and, while it’s hard to be cer­tain on the B1280, I seem to be in the mid­dle group with the Power­bike. That’s good. If I have a me­chan­i­cal there’s a safety net be­hind and a pathfinder in front. We reach the Wheat­sheaf with­out in­ci­dent.

As des­ti­na­tions go the

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