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Wel­come to this month’s VCB up­date. For this is­sue I’ve en­listed the help of the South West re­gional rep Gary Robert­son to tell us about the Two Chan­nels dash, which takes place in Septem­ber…

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Gary Robert­son tells us about the forth­com­ing Two Chan­nels Dash.

Were you one of the lucky 100 who rode the Two Chan­nels Dash last year? If you were you’ll know what a crack­ing day it was. Good weather, beau­ti­ful south west scenery, some of the coun­try’s best rid­ing routes, sim­ple good old-fash­ioned fun. Those that rode will re­mem­ber the ride through the Som­er­set lev­els, Glas­ton­bury and Yeovil with its cream tea stop­ping point. Get­ting your cog card stamped, you’re then onto the ride down to­wards Dorset’s West Bay and rid­ing the jaw drop­ping Juras­sic coast­line into Wey­mouth. If you didn’t do it then you’ll get an­other chance this year! This year though we’ve changed the lo­ca­tion; we thought we would take the VCB to Corn­wall – a club first.

This year the event is on Septem­ber 8 and takes place in the two coun­ties of Corn­wall and Devon and the day starts at Bude on the Cor­nish At­lantic Coast and takes in 70 miles of twisty coun­try roads to your first way­point at Ply­mouth Hoe. After your cof­fee or tea, you’re on your way again to the fin­ish point in Paign­ton which is sit­u­ated on the stun­ning Devon Riv­iera, with the azure blue English Chan­nel as a back­drop you will not be dis­ap­pointed.

The Dash is a ride that leaves all the route plan­ning to the rider; you can do it as slowly or as quickly as you want, take in some of the beau­ti­ful vil­lages, stop for lunch at a quaint Devon Inn, sail on the River Dart ferry at Dart­mouth, take in some VCB Riders Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion land­marks, so many choices. On the Satur­day night at the fin­ish­ing point there will be drinks and light mu­sic, a great way to wind down from the ride and swap tales of the day. The day is open to all riders of all makes of scooter, you don’t need to be a mem­ber of the VCB to take part.

The ticket price in­cludes tea or cof­fee at Ply­mouth, a goody bag with a leg-shield ban­ner, em­broi­dered patch, cog stick­ers, lan­yard/wa­ter­proof card holder and en­try to the evening so­cial. The ride is roughly 100 miles de­pend­ing on route taken. If this sounds like your idea of a good day then grab your­self a ticket for only £12 via PayPal events@ves­pa­club.uk (friends and fam­ily – please state TWO CHAN­NELS DASH), or pur­chase di­rect from Graeme at Corn­wall Scooter Cen­tre, Martin Lo­ram, Ian Lind­say or my­self. Gary Robert­son Foot­note from Russ: Rid­ing events like this are be­com­ing very pop­u­lar. If you want to join the VCB and take part in The Two Chan­nels Dash or sim­i­lar events, email me Russ@ves­pa­club.uk or Toni Machin at club-sec@ves­pa­club.uk

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