Spring is coming (really!) and there’s an event for every weekend
Is your bike stuck under cover, looking lonelier than a horse-meat hamburger at a PETA protest? You’re not the only one. Winter’s interminable grip on 2013 isn’t exactly conducive to getting rubber to road – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
The weather may be at its dreariest now, but it’s the perfect time to start planning your rally and ride-out calendar for the warmer months. After all, once the temperatures warm up the last place you’ll want to be is inside trawling the internet.
Whether you’re into rides in aid of charities, rallies featuring classic bikes, demos and competitions, or camping and music weekends, there’s an event for every interest and region across the UK. So start looking forward to sunshine, be sure to sort out the essentials and take a look at a few hand-picked highlights of the Spring months.
Billed as a celebration “of all things two and three wheeled,” the Prescott Bike Festival on April 7 is open to all and features “one of the UK’s most prestigious hill climbs,” Prescott Hill, which is rarely open to the public. Held at the Bugatti Owners Club in Gotherington near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, the family friendly event also includes demonstrations, celebrity riders, live music and dealer and trade stands.
The event is in support of the National Association of Blood Bikes, which uses “motorcycles to provide an out-of-hours ‘medical essentials’ (blood, biological samples, e-rays and scans) courier service to hospitals and other health institutions within their area.”
Ring in St. George’s Day in medieval fancy dress at the fourth-annual Newt in Shining Armour rally near Wakefield. Bands, beer and a big fire are promised at the April 19-21 event, held at the Wooley Scout Camp, Wooley Edge Lane.
The National Bikesafe & Castle Combe Track Experience, at the Castle Combe Race Circuit, gives riders a chance to take a one-hour assessed ride with an advanced police motorcyclist, followed by a safety briefing and a 15-minute track experience in a small group. Held on April 20 near Chippenham in Wiltshire, the event also includes motorcycle displays and test rides, trade stands, a professional stunt show and family attractions.
Who could resist the Demented Hamsters’ Rampant Rodent Reanimated Rally? From May 17-19, there will be live entertainment, raffles, stalls and more at the real ale New Inn, in Cropton near Pickering, North Yorkshire.
Contrary to assumptions, the Buff Bikers’ will be fully clothed for their May 19 Spring Ride-In – though you should be able to source a Dorset & Somerset Bikers in the Buff 2013 calendar at the event. Starting in Bournemouth, the ride “will bimble through the New Forest in Hampshire and the Dorset wilds” and includes a treasure hunt with clues and prizes to collect along the way. Proceeds support the Buffs’ charity, Riders for Health, which provides health care services and supplies in sub-Saharan Africa.
Finally, up to 10,000 motorbikes are expected to take part in the Ride-of-Respect through Carterton and Brize Norton on June 16. Raising funds for the Royal British Legion to support the armed forces and their families, the ride starts at RAF Abingdon and camping has been arranged nearby.
There you have it – sorted until summer. Now if it will just stop snowing…