#Ride5000miles members share their greatest rides since lockdown

Tomasz Kolodziej rode to Heybridge Basin
Tomasz Kolodziej rode to Heybridge Basin

With a glut of glorious sunshine and Coronavirus restrictions continuing to ease, #ride5000miles members in England have been sharing their best riding experiences.

The Government declared you could ride your motorcycle to open spaces in England as of Wednesday, May 13, with travel restrictions easing in Scotland and Wales in early July. This has allowed for some truly epic riding, with many R5Kers blowing away the cobwebs with big miles to picturesque locations.

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This includes Paul Tidman, from Cheltenham, who enjoyed a magnificent three-hour mission in late June. He said: “I went out early and just followed my nose.” Heading towards Tewkesbury and then onto Gloucester, the ride also took him to Eastnor Castle and near the Malvern Hills, before circling back home.

“Every time I have been out recently, it’s been quite busy, but it was quite quiet on this occasion,” he continued. “The weather was just perfect, too.”

Heybridge Basin in the sunshine

And Lewisham-based Tomasz Kolodziej, 33, was also keen to see some sights. He took his Yamaha Fazer to Heybridge Basin, in Maldon, on Sunday, June 7. Covering 124 miles over five fantastic hours, the Dainese London worker was accompanied by friends.

He said: “It was a great mix of roads – a bit of the twisties, a bit of motorway and a nice view of the water at the end. The weather was decent and it was a good little group.”

David Badcock has been completing the 'Brit Butt Tour'

Away from southern shorelines, Newcastle-based David Badcock, 69, has been attempting to complete part of the Iron Butt UK ‘Brit Butt Tour’; an annual challenge to visit 52 locations across Britain between January 1 and October 31.

“It gives a purpose to the ride,” he told MCN. “When I’m riding my bike, it brings normality back into my life, which is what I like.”

One of David's locations was Roa Island