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Oc­to­ber 13-15, Brands Hatch, Fawkham, Kent

The ‘Show­down’ for­mat (where only the top six rid­ers fight it out for the ti­tle over the last three rounds) may be con­tro­ver­sial but, like it or loathe it, it usu­ally makes for com­mit­ted rac­ing all the way to the last lap of the last race. Reign­ing cham­pion, Shakey Byrne, went into the Show­down phase ahead of Leon Haslam and Josh Brookes, with Jake Dixon, Peter Hick­man and Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran all in with a shout. The fi­nal Brands Hatch round is a triple header — three Su­per­bike races. As well as the Su­per­bikes, there are Su­per­stock 1000 and 600 and Su­pers­port cham­pi­onships to tie up, one-make ac­tion with the Du­cati Tri-op­tions cup and the KTM RC cup, and up­com­ing young rac­ers try­ing to make their mark in the Hel Mo­to­star Cham­pi­onship, fought out on 250cc Moto3 bikes. british­su­per­bike.com

Classic Bike Live Oc­to­ber 28-29, East of Eng­land Show­ground, Peter­bor­ough, Cambs

Plenty to see and do all week­end, with trade stands, club stands, celebri­ties (guest of hon­our is TT hero John Mcguin­ness) and hun­dreds of bikes, many be­ing started and run. Got a classic? Why not bring it along for a chance to win ‘Best in Show’? Look­ing for a project? There’ll be lots of bikes and parts avail­able. Tick­ets £9 in ad­vance, kids go free. clas­sicbike­live.co.uk

In­ter­na­tional Dirt Bike Show Oc­to­ber 26-29, Stoneleigh, Ke­nil­worth, War­wick­shire

If clas­sics aren’t your thing, how about a dirty week­end? Ac­tu­ally, it’s not very dirty at all. The Dirt Bike Show takes place at the Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre and, for all things off-road, it’s the place to be. See all the lat­est bikes, kit and ac­ces­sories as well as demon­stra­tions, stunt shows, minibike rac­ing and France v Ger­many at Mo­to­ball (very silly – check out the video on the web­site). Tick­ets £13 in ad­vance, £16 on the door, fam­ily tick­ets from £30. Go on the open­ing day though, and you get in for just £8) and it’s also free for kids un­der 10). dirt­bikeshow.co.uk

Mo­tor­cy­cle Live Novem­ber 18-26, NEC, Birm­ing­ham

The big­gest show of the year. All the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers will be show­ing off 2018’s new mod­els, with spe­cials, clas­sics, dirt bikes, race bikes, kit, test rides, stunt shows and celebs. Tick­ets from £19.50. mo­tor­cy­cle­live.co.uk

Santa’s On A Bike De­cem­ber 2, var­i­ous start points and des­ti­na­tions

Not one event but var­i­ous sep­a­rate char­ity ride­outs held on the same day, fo­cus­ing on chil­dren’s char­i­ties and hospices — now in its 13th year. san­ta­son­abike.org.uk

South­ern Classic Off-road Show De­cem­ber 2, Kempton Park, Mid­dle­sex

Classic off-road and rac­ing bikes on show, along­side the reg­u­lar au­to­jum­ble and trade stands. Tick­ets £10 for adults, un­der-12s free. kemp­ton­parkau­to­jum­ble.co.uk

Box­ing Day Cold Turkey meet De­cem­ber 26, Ace Café, Stone­bridge, Lon­don

Avoid the Christ­mas mis­ery with a ride­out. No big deal, just get away from the left­over sprouts. Ev­ery­one wel­come from 10am un­til 4pm. ace­cafeevents.com

Un­wanted MCC New Year’s Eve party De­cem­ber 31, The Rock­bar, Bur­ton-on-trent

Rock disco, beer, more beer. En­try £6. Free camp­ing (or crash out in the club­house - might be warmer!), free park­ing. un­want­edmcc.co.uk

Brass Mon­key Run Jan­uary 7, Vic­to­ria pub, Coalville, Le­ics

Meet up at this friendly boozer, freeze your things off on a scenic ride round ru­ral Le­ices­ter­shire, then back to the pub for tea and ba­con butties. vicbik­er­spub.co.uk

Last round of Bri­tish Su­per­bikes will be down to the wire. Guar­an­teed...

The Vic­to­ria hosts one of 2018’s first bike meets

Lots to see at the NEC

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