England cricket legend and relative newcomer to motorcycling, Darren Gough, is currently on a one-day 374-mile tour of the cricket grounds used in the Ashes series. His steed was his own choice, a Triumph Rocket III – a 2.3l, 3 cylinder cruiser – ideal for munching those motorway miles.
Gough has only been riding for two years and is taking part in a Bennetts Biking Dream Challenge today which began this morning at one of his old cricketing haunts, the Emirates Durham ICG. Since then he’s safely landed at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester and will be making his way on to Trent Bridge in Nottingham, and finally the home stretch in London from Lord’s, where the next Ashes Test begins on Thursday, to The Kia Oval.
Among his other Biking Dreams that Bennetts have organised, he recently passed The Skill for Life advanced riding programme with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and also rode a lap of the famous Mountain Course at the Isle of Man TT on a sports bike under the tuition of TT legend ‘Milky’ Quayle.
Commenting on the ride, Gough, said: “What a cracking day to take to the open road and ride the length of the country! I’ve loved visiting these cricket grounds – I’ve got some amazing memories, including some tough Ashes duals, at each of them.
“I love riding the Rocket, and the journey so far has been really enjoyable. It is powerful, it looks great and it rides nicely – everything you would want from a bike.”