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1 Are­nacross Round 4 Where SSE Arena, Belfast When Jan­uary 27-28 En­try From £16 Info are­nacrossuk.com

Round four takes us off the main­land and across the Irish Sea for an­other round of high-oc­tane ac­tion, but this time it’s two days’ worth of crash­ing and bash­ing. We say At this time of year the weather con­spires to keep mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing on the side­lines, so Are­nacross is a rare op­por­tu­nity to see the thrills and spills we’re so used to en­joy­ing in sum­mer.

2 Kick­start Rally

Where Kem­ble Air­field, Cirences­ter When Jan­uary 27-29 En­try £13 Info ogrimcc.org

Ogri MCC are of­fer­ing real ale, hearty win­ter food, free tea and cof­fee all week­end, live mu­sic and a ride­out. What more could you ask for from an early-year rally? We say Stand­ing in a field with bikes as far as the eye can see is one of the best ways to feel the gen­uine warmth of the mo­tor­cy­cle com­mu­nity. If that’s not enough, there’s a bon­fire for ac­tual warmth.

3 Mablethorpe Beach Race Where Mablethorpe beach, Lin­colnshire When Jan­uary 29, from 8.30am En­try Free to watch Info sand-race.co.uk

The sand races at Mablethorpe have been go­ing for the best part of 50 years and the ac­tion shows no sign of slow­ing. That said, the club has strug­gled for mar­shals re­cently so get down there and show some sup­port. We say A cer­tain Guy Martin made his way over to Mablethorpe re­cently to thrash his Tiger be­tween the waves, so ex­pect some bumper crowds on the of­fchance of some side­burns in the sand.

4 ’Nor­mous Ne­wark Au­to­jum­ble Where Ne­wark Show­ground, Not­ting­hamshire When Jan­uary 29 from 8am En­try £10 be­fore 10am, £7 after Info newarkau­to­jum­ble.co.uk

Some say the ‘Nor­mous Ne­wark Au­to­jum­ble is the largest in the known uni­verse, oth­ers say it’s just a good place to pick up spare parts

5 Blues at The Bike Shed Where Bike Shed Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, London When Jan­uary 26, from 7.30pm En­try Free Info the­bikeshed.cc

Get ready for an even­ing of foot tap­ping from Bri­tish blues gui­tarist Jack J Hutchin­son, de­scribed as ‘ev­ery­thing that is so good about mod­ern blues mu­sic’. We say What’s bet­ter than blues, booze and bikes? The BSMC can get busy at times, es­pe­cially on the club nights, so we’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend email­ing ahead and book­ing a ta­ble.

6 X-coun­try En­duro Where Grog­ley Woods, Bod­min When Jan­uary 29, from 10am En­try Free to spec­tate, £37.50 to en­ter Info camel-valemcc.net

The Grog­ley X-coun­try is the first round of the South West En­duro Cham­pi­onship so ex­pect a packed start line brim­ming with New Year’s res­o­lu­tion and se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion. We say So you’ve read about the Dakar and maybe even watched it on the big screen. Well this is where it all be­gins for a lot of com­peti­tors, so head down to the woods and see if you can catch a glimpse of the next Sam Sun­der­land or Lyn­don Poskitt. within a rea­son­able driv­ing dis­tance. What­ever you think, it’s worth a look. We say With the win­ter weather re­ally be­gin­ning to bite, even the bravest of rid­ers might be hav­ing sec­ond thoughts about head­ing out for a ride. What else is there to do with your time? Start a win­ter pro­ject of course. There’s no bet­ter place to find one than here.

7 Hog out at the Ace Where Ace Cafe, London When Jan­uary 26, from 6pm En­try Free Info ace-cafe-london.com

Whether you ride a 48 Sport­ster or a Pan­head ac­tu­ally made in 1948, Har­ley night at the Ace is wel­com­ing to all those rid­ing rum­bling Mil­wau­kee twins. We say Slash cut or straight shot? Sport­ster or Big Twin? Ba­con bap or sausage roll? All these ques­tions and many more can be ex­pected at a Har­ley night at the Ace, but make sure you take some earplugs as the best way to choose be­tween two ex­hausts is to lis­ten to them.

Get your kicks in the warm and dry at Are­nacross

We can’t prom­ise it will be quite this sum­mery

‘I’ve been look­ing for one of those for years’

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