Sixteen Wakefield MAG members and guests met at the Redbeck cafe on Doncaster Road at the appointed time of 11:00 for an 11.30 start for our ride to Squires cafe at Newthorpe, the meeting point for the Leeds MAG '40 Years of MAG' Celebration Run. After an extended ride taking in some rural roads not usually on our route, we arrived at approximately 12.15 and proceeded to procure various beverages and scran.
Four more of our group joined us at Squires as we assembled for the mass rideout, and the Squires bike park was absolutely rammed.
The run set off at 13:00 prompt for the marshalled tour around Leeds city centre. Two hundred bikes took part, and it was truly a tremendous spectacle seeing nothing but bikes stretching before me and behind me for as far as I could see.
The ride through Leeds was very good natured, as bikes many of which were two abreast, were hooting their horns and waving at the passers-by who lined the streets waving back and taking photos and videos of the parade, the like many would not have seen before.
The police outriders, who joined the ride at Quarry Hill, and the various MAG and MCC marshals, did an excellent job of keeping traffic at bay to allow our unhindered progress through the city. After a couple of tours of the Inner City Loop, we headed back to East Leeds Sports and Social club for a bike show and entertainment from various bands showcasing their talents.
After quenching our thirst and satisfying our hunger we all gradually drifted away after customary photos and banter, all agreeing that a good day had been had by all. A fantastic turnout by Wakefield MAG (providing 10% of the run attendees). Here's to another 40 years of MAG and I sincerely hope I will be on the next one !!!!!!!!
Mick Culpan, Wakefieldd MAG Rideout Co-ordinator.