MCN’s great gath­er­ings team joins Scot­tish char­ity ride-out

Rais­ing money rid­ing great Scot­tish roads

MCN - - CONTENTS - By Justin Hayzelden MCN ROV­ING RE­PORTER

Last week we were on Paign­ton seafront with thou­sands of sun-drenched bik­ers, this week we headed to Scot­land, where a far smaller bunch of rid­ers were do­ing their bit for char­ity. Saltire Mo­tor­cy­cles’ an­nual fundrais­ing ride is or­gan­ised by Se­nior In­struc­tor Nigel Harper, ably as­sisted by Saltire’s sales supremo Davy Banks. “We’re now in our third year and this time we’re rid­ing for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port,” said Nigel. “To date we’ve raised over £1000. Each of the rid­ers paid a min­i­mum en­try of £10 and the cof­fers were boosted by do­na­tions.” We meet up at Saltire’s Gaso­line Al­ley Café at 9.30am for a ba­con roll and a cof­fee, then head down the by­pass to the A701. First stop is the (biker-friendly) Lead­burn Inn, be­fore rid­ing to the leg­endary Devil’s Beef Tub and on to Mof­fat.” The A701 is a smooth, flow­ing ride, but the ex­pert team keep this eclec­tic group of rid­ers to­gether. “I go on all of the Saltire rides,’ said Eric Grieve, a Kawasaki ZZR1400 rider. “They re­ally look af­ter you and it’s al­ways an in­ter­est­ing mix of bikes.”

The next stretch is one of the most beau­ti­ful rides in the UK, the A708 from Mof­fat to Selkirk. “It’s sim­ply bril­liant,” beams Nigel, “but it can eas­ily catch you out.” Andy Strick­land from Ed­in­burgh added: “It’s great to join up with a gang of like-minded peo­ple and the roads are amaz­ing – twisty and pic­turesque with no pot-holes, you do have to watch for sheep though!” A lunch stop at the Glen Café saw sto­ries traded over de­li­cious home­made food, fol­lowed by a crack­ing ride along St Mary’s Loch.

See great Mof­fat loop route in MCN’s One Gal­lon Chal­lenge,

‘It’s one of the most beau­ti­ful rides in the UK’

The A708 is a sin­u­ous rib­bon of heav­enly smooth tar­mac that links Selkirk to Mof­fat

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