– 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.
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