A cham­pion ride

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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding -

Le­ices­ter may be proud of its football and rugby teams, but we’re more im­pressed with its mo­tor­cy­cling – though rather than the city cen­tre, we’re think­ing of the roads around it. The coun­try­side of the East Mid­lands is packed with quaint vil­lages and crack­ing roads, mak­ing it a per­fect place for a ride at any time of year.

Our route heads down the A5199 to Hus­bands Bos­worth, turn­ing left to Mar­ket Har­bor­ough on the A4304. Cross­ing the town, joins the A427 to­wards Corby – but only for a few hun­dred me­tres, turn­ing off to take the sub­lime B664 to Up­ping­ham. It’s a road that has ev­ery­thing, from hump­back bridges to hair­pins.

Turn left at the lights in Up­ping­ham – un­less you want a cuppa at the Har­ley garage. The route car­ries on along the 6003 to Oakham, join­ing the swoop­ing A606 to Mel­ton Mow­bray. From Mel­ton we take one of the East Mid­land’s greatest roads – the B6047 to­wards Mar­ket Har­bor­ough. Killjoys have put a 50mph limit on it south of the A47, but we turn off at Three Gates on the back road to Kib­worth Har­court and from there join the A6 to re­turn to Le­ices­ter. If they gave out sil­ver­ware for bike routes, this one’s a cham­pion.

Why waste your money go­ing to theme parks when you can ride roads like this?

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