Hit the hard stuff

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Missions Spring Edition -

Q Red­bull Hard En­duro Se­ries Q Around £20 to watch Q Through­out the year Q Var­i­ous Euro­pean lo­ca­tions Q www.red­bull.com/uk/en/mo­tor­sports/ of­froad/events Take your pick of events which run across Europe as a se­ries of off-road en­duro races. Ob­vi­ously we mean you can pick the event you want to go and watch be­cause only those who are bor­der­line cer­ti­fi­able would ac­tu­ally choose to race in th­ese hard­core events!

The Hard En­duro events are per­haps best il­lus­trated by ei­ther the Hare Scram­ble at Erzberg in Aus­tria where a gi­ant quarry is host to thou­sands of riders hop­ing to qual­ify for the main race. Even the qual­i­fi­ca­tion ‘pro­logue’ is 13km of ul­tra-tough ter­rain with the top 500 seeded through to the main race.

The other op­tion is the Red­bull Ro­man­ics event in Ro­ma­nia which runs through both the town of Sibiu in the Carpathian Moun­tains which have some in­cred­i­ble roads to ride on the way there and back. This race fea­tures a mix of man-made and nat­u­ral ter­rain. It’s a fear­some mix­ture and the race runs over four days.

the new. Info http://www.bmw-werk­ber­lin.de/en/

Guzzi has a fas­ci­nat­ing and long his­tory and it also has a great mu­seum in Man­dello del Lario where much of the firm’s his­toric bikes are on dis­play. Open­ing times are a lit­tle un­pre­dictable so make sure you call ahead and check. Info 0039 034 17 09 111

Tri­umph isn’t of­fi­cially do­ing fac­tory tours right but will try to ac­com­mo­date small groups. Info www.tri­umph.co.uk

The top of the quarry is so near and yet so far away When? Where? Info Join the mass Du­cati cel­e­bra­tion Check out the guy who’s just looped his bike near the crest

The event looks more like a Lord of the Rings bat­tle It’s like a tem­ple to Des­mod­romics Info The event’s mad as a box of boxer twins Dun­lop and Rut­ter line up at the bril­liant Clas­sic TT The usu­ally quiet town of Faaker See Don’t the sights, sounds and sm

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