Riding the Mach Loop: How does the RAF training ground fare on two wheels?

The Mach Loop in North Wales is used to hosting the top pilots of the RAF on low-flying training. Vern Pitt finds out how it feels on two wheels

Mach Loop
(Image credit: Getty)

As my back wheel skitters across the tarmac on some gravel following some over-enthusiastic braking I think to myself, “There aren’t many ways in which I’m like Tom Cruise, but we do both do all our own stunts.”

The diminutive Hollywood star is front and centre of Cycling Weekly’s mind because we’ve come to this western part of Snowdonia in search of a little Maverick inspiration. The release of a long-awaited sequel to the 80s classic movie Top Gun is due in cinemas in just a few months, and while we can’t get in on the fighter jet action ourselves we thought we might come as close as possible on a bike, here in Wales.

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