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This week’s best road races, tri­als and fes­ti­vals

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK IN MCN -

1 Cook­ing on the gas

Cook­stown 100 Where Cook­stown, Co Ty­rone When Fri­day-satur­day, April 28-29 En­try Free to spec­tate Info www.cook­

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.taffy­

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.sam­ 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

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

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.british­su­per­

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 face­­timers

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.

Derek Mcgee on his way to sec­ond in last year’s su­per­bike race Live out your Dakar fan­tasies closer to home Here’s how your project should look once you’ve fin­ished

Yeah, yeah… it’s just like any other day in Paign­ton We can’t guar­an­tee that it will be sunny in Scot­land Right now Mossey is the man to beat

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