This week’s best road races, trials and festivals
1 Cooking on the gas
Cookstown 100 Where Cookstown, Co Tyrone When Friday-saturday, April 28-29 Entry Free to spectate Info www.cookstown100.com
2017 is the 95th running of the Cookstown 100 road races and with over 200 entries, the club will be running at least 20 races to fit everyone in. Alongside 48 newcomers, that Guy Martin chap will be there dashing around on his shiny new Blade. We say While spectating is free, road races are incredibly expensive to run and the financial instability means that their future is less than certain. With that in mind, the organisers ask that everyone who attends, purchases a programme to help keep the race running.
2 The Dakar you can do
Taffy Dakar Where The Ancient Briton, Swansea When Friday-monday, April 28- May 1 Entry From £50 Info www.taffydakar.org.uk
The Taffy Dakar is an off-road riding and orienteering weekend in Wales for teams of riders on adventure bikes. Unlike the real Dakar though, there are rideouts, guest speakers, talks and a live band in the evening. We say There are plenty of events for enduro bikes, so the Taffy is only for big adventure bikes, trail bikes or people who want to ride C90s. Better still, the course has been designed to be suitable for all.
3 Jumbling with Sammy
Sammy Miller Autojumble Where Sammy Miller Museum, Bashley Manor, New Milton, Hants When Sunday. April 30, 9.30am-3pm Entry £4 Info www.sammymiller.co.uk The first of two auto-jumbles this year at the Sammy Miller museum is sure to attract a varied array of tired old specimens in need of work. Some of them will even bring along bikes to sell! We say The museum is open on the day of the jumble, so be sure to give it a visit. If you’ve not been before you’re definitely missing out.
4 Beers, bands, bikes and scrumpy
Paignton Bike Festival Where Paignton Sea Front, Devon When Friday-sunday, April 28-30 Entry From £4 Info www.bmad.co.uk
The Paignton Bike Festival is a fun weekend packed full of all shapes and sizes of bike. Alongside stands from Harley-davidson, Ducati, Victory, Indian, Triumph, Kawasaki, KTM and Honda there are also two music marquees with 30 bands. We say A plethora of new bikes not enough for you? What about the Back Street Heroes build off and the Wall of Death? Unlike many bike events though, we recommend you leave the bike in the shed as there are over 50 beers and ciders on tap including a special BMAD Scrumpy.
5 Scotland’s six-day sensation
Scottish Six Days Trial Where Fort William, Scotland When Monday-saturday, May 1-6 Entry Free to spectate Info www.ssdt.org
The Scottish Six Day is a trial like no other, as the riders cover up to 100 miles a day across the hills and moorland of the Highlands. Dougie Lampkin has won the event a record 10 times, including the last five on the bounce, but can he do it again? The event is free to spectate so is well worth a look. We say If modern machinery doesn’t do it for you, then consider the Pre’65 trial instead. This two-day trial for bikes manufactured before 1965 runs on the weekend before the Six Days in the town of Kinlochleven, about 30 miles up the road from Fort Bill.
6 Get Knickerbrook in a twist…
MCE British Superbikes Round Three Where Oulton Park International, Cheshire When Saturday April 29 – Monday May 1 Entry From £27 Info www.britishsuperbikes.com
Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey have had great starts to the season, sweeping Donington and Brands Hatch respectively. Meanwhile, defending champion Shane Byrne has had a poor start, but can he pull it back? We say Knickerbrook is considered one of the toughest corners out there. Legend has it that two contractors found a young couple in the woods near the corner, who scarpered leaving one eponymous item behind. Preview, p68.
7 Greenwich bike time
Park it in the Market Where Greenwich Market, London When Thursday, April 27, 7pm-10pm Entry Free Info facebook.com/meanoldtimers
April sees the first ‘Park It’ of 2017, opening a season of meets with classic cars and bikes from the Mean Oldtimer’s Club along with live music and DJS. We say The Mean Oldtimer’s meet up at the top of Greenwich Park around 6.30pm, before driving and riding down through Greenwich then parking up. Once all the members are in, nonmembers can park their pre-1990s vehicles inside too.
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