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Classic bikers tackle peaks in annual ride

Ripley motorbike club are riding their motorbikes from the Midland Railway 100 miles across the Derbyshire Peak District, starting from Midland Railway, Ripley.

Ripley motorbike club are riding their motorbikes from the Midland Railway 100 miles across the Derbyshire Peak District, starting from Midland Railway, Ripley.

Last week over 50 members of the Velocette Owners Club rode one hundred miles of the Derbyshire Peak District for their annual Peak Tour.

The motorcycle enthusiasts all share an interest in the classic motorcycle, the 
Velocette, a bike manufactured in Birmingham, known particularly for it’s use by the police across the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1970.

The annual ride, organised by the East Midlands Section of the Velocette Owners Club attracted over fifty riders and saw them travel one hundred miles around the Derbyshire Peak District starting at the Midland Railway Butterley Station, Ripley.

The journey, which 
bikers had up to six hours to complete saw them travel through Chatsworth Park, Winnats Pass, Millers Dale, Manifold Valley, Wetton Mill and Milldale before returning to the Midland Railway.

Most notable of the bikes participating on the tour was one belonging to motorcycle historian and president of the East Midlands Section of the owners club Ivan Rhodes, his 1928 Velocette 
motorcycle was once ridden to victory in the world famous Isle of Man TT.

Rodney Wildsmith, 
member of the East Midlands Section of the 
Velocette Owners Club and part 
organiser of the event said the Peak Tour ride went 
smoothly: “Over fifty 
people took part with 
people coming from as far afield as South Wales and 
Bedfordshire to get involved.

“It all went very well, not a single rider broke down thankfully and all in all it was a very memorable and 
enjoyable day.“

 

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