Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 29 Mar 2015
The clocks have jumped forward, which can mean only one thing – more riding time as the evening’s stay lighter for longer! With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of this year’s top ten events so you can finalise your biking calendar!
The Prescott Bike Festival is back this year with a number of exotic machines heading up the hill. Star guest, four-times World Superbike champion and King of the Jungle Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty will also be in attendance. Over 100 are racing motorcycles in the paddock specials collection, the Dave Coates stunt show, and a number of interviews and ‘show n tells’! It’s not to be missed!
International Classic Bike Show
Date: 25th – 26th April
The world’s largest classic bike show returns this year for its 35th running at Staffordshire County Showground. Topping the bill is the debut of the new Restoration Theatre with TV personality Pete Thorne, a regular on ITV’s The Motorbike Show with Henry Cole, set to deliver five daily sessions of essential, practical and down-to-earth advice with accompanying demonstrations.
Date: 16th & 17th May
Taking place on the weekend of what was the BMF Peterborough show, the newly formed MCN Festival of Motorcycling offers a new take on the outdoor show. With a theme of getting on, the show will offer test rides on all the latest models, chance to try your hand at motocross or enduro and much more! 1993 500cc GP champion Kevin Schwantz will also be in attendance!
Date: Paris: 11th & 12th April – London: 22nd, 23rd & 24th May
Fan of the cafe racer custom bike scene? The Bike Shed shows will be right up your street! After a successful show at London’s Tobacco docks last year, the guys have set up a cool event over the channel in Paris – which at €15 for a weekend ticket is a bargain! If you don’t want to make the trip over to France, head on down to London on the second Bank Holiday weekend.
Date: 22nd – 24th May
With the Brits having locked out the podium in all four World Superbike races so far, there’s never been more reason to get on down to Donington Park next month. Tom Sykes has taken double victory in the past two visits to the Leicestershire circuit but his new teammate, Jonathan Rea, might have something to say about that.
Date: 30th May – 12th June
The bikers’ pilgrimage – the 2015 Isle of Man TT - kicks off a week later this year on May 30th and promises to be an absolute corker with whispers of a sub-17 minute lap, aka 133mph average speed! How will Michael Dunlop fare on the Yamaha? Will McGuinness return to glory? Which side of the bed will Bruce Anstey get out on?
Date: 21st – 23rd August
If you’ve never been to a British Superbike round this is the one to go to. What’s better than seeing 200bhp+ superbikes launching into the air at the famous mountain section? The racing is always close too, so it’s not to be missed!
Date: 29th – 31st August
If you fancy a more relaxed visit to the Isle of Man but still packed with exciting racing, head over to the Classic TT festival on August Bank Holiday. Getting bigger each year, you won’t be disappointed – especially once you’ve seen Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 GP bike!
Date: 29th – 30th August
After all the drama over venues, MotoGP will roll back into Silverstone this summer. Marc Marquez clinched victory last year after an epic battle with Jorge Lorenzo – who will take the crown this time around? How will Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow get on with bikes capable of fighting towards the front?
The UK’s biggest bike show returns at the end of November, which manufacturers exhibiting their new offerings for 2015 for the first time in the UK. Rumours so far suggest we could be seeing a new GSX-R1000 from Suzuki, a potential new Fireblade from Honda and a 300cc range from BMW Motorrad.
To find more events this year, check out Bike Social’s extensive ‘What’s On’ guide!