One of the best things about Hertfordshire is how close it lies to so many brilliant British motorcycling events. Within an hour's ride, Hertfordshire hedgehogs can experience meets at the Ace, travel films in London, and world-class races on world-class racetracks or just in some farmer's muddy field. Grab a moulder, take a beaver and ride out in 2017
Your handy 2017 events guide is separated into three sections. Only want to ride an hour or two to see awesome British events? Then check out the Close To Home listings. Fancy making a weekend of it and travelling across the country? The pick of National events is for you. And finally, for the intrepid thrill-seeking international adventurer, head Further Afield for some international highlights. And, of course, there's a perfect bike for each event.
EVENTS CLOSE TO HOME...
Festival of Power
Date: 14 – 16 April
Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Northants
What to ride there: Your stretched 1998 R1 proudly sporting home-made supercharger
Let's just take a look at the kinds of vehicles you'll see on an average day at Santa Pod's Festival of Power. Freestyle motocross stunt bikes flying through the air, followed closely by their owners. Lee Bowers on his ZX636 heavily modded stunt bike. Small hatchbacks playing football. Monster trucks demolishing parked cars. A Peugeot 205 that just happens to have a jet engine on the back. Oh yeah, and there's some kind of drag strip with 10,000bhp monsters flinging themselves down it.
More information: http://www.santapod.co.uk
BSB Brands Hatch Indy
Date: 15 – 17 April
Location: Brands Hatch, Kent
What to ride there: Your British Triumph 675! Ride with pride, despite it being discontinued
The first of three race events here during the year, and arguably the most fun. Why is that, you ask. Simple: on the shorter Indy circuit you see the bikes come round quicker. The lads are back here on 21 – 23 July and 13 – 15 October for the triple header, where an additional race follows the three-part qualifying session.
More information: http://www.britishsuperbike.com/
Ride To Work Day
Date: 19 June
What to ride there: Your slimmest bike – easiest to filter with
June 19th is the one day in the year when you really should be riding to work. Celebrate everything that's great about riding to and from work: filtering, getting there quicker by filtering, being the envy of car drivers for filtering, and filtering. If you work from home, why not take a spin around the estate during rush hour. You might see some fellow bikers out there too.
More information: http://ridetowork.org/
Hot Rod Hayride
Date: 28 – 30 July
Location: Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent
What to ride there: Your dusty classic hidden in the shed
A dash across the Dartford Crossing will get you to Headcorn Aerodrome, where the 13th Hot Rod Hayride will be going full throttle under – we hope – the warm sun and clear skies of summer. Advance tickets cost £72 per person and give you access to an epic list of bands and a sweet collection of two- and four-wheeled dream machines.
More information: http://hotrodhayride.com/
Adventure Travel Film Festival (images above)
Date: 11 – 13 August
What to ride there: Your uncle's 120,000-mile Laverda Jota with a story to tell
Have a thirst for independent adventure travel films? Then get cosy with a bunch of other ladies and gents to watch some of the most extraordinary stories ever captured by moving picture. There are two festivals – the first is in London, and the second is far away in Poolewe, Scotland. Why not be adventurous and go to both? Scotland's dates: 15 – 17 September.
More information: http://www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com
Date: 25 – 27 August
Location: Silverstone, Northants
What to ride there: Your homologation special with day-running licence plates
Welcome to the biggest racing event in the British calendar. Nothing beats the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in terms of scale and attendance figures. Want to see Lorenzo battle with his Ducati at first hand? Then book yourself some early tickets and ride over. It's only an hour away! The three-day weekend pass is £72 and includes grandstand roving on Friday and Saturday.
More information: http://www.motogp.com/
Ace Café Brighton Burn Up
Date: 10 September
Location: Ace Café, London
What to ride there: 649cc Triumph engine in a Norton featherbed frame. Low clip-ons necessary
Crack out that old rocker jacket and meet at the Ace for a 10:30am run to Brighton. The larks get underway on Brighton seafront later that day with a bevvy of bands and burger joints. Stroll along the beach, admire the machinery and enjoy one of the last days of sun 2017 has to offer. Entry is free.
More information: http://www.ace-cafe-london.com
Scottish Six Days Trial
Date: 1 – 6 May
Location: Fort William, Scotland
What to ride there: Forget a 300 Gas Gas – take your Pan European motorway muncher
Imagine a couple of places you'd never dream of riding your bike. Across peat bogs, or up waterfalls, for example. That's the Scottish Six Days Trial.
More information: http://www.ssdt.org/
Cock 'O' the North
Date: 24 – 25 June
Location: Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
What to ride there: Your ratty 1980s blue smoke two-stroke
Trundle 'oop north for a 'reet Yorkshire race meet. Don't expect high barriers and gravel pits at Oliver's Mount – this place is a public road most of the year, don't'cha know.
More information: http://www.oliversmountracing.com/
Enduro World Championship, UK Round
Date: 23 – 24 September
Location: Hawkstone Park, Shrewsbury
What to ride there: Your adventure bike that's never been off-road. Now's the chance!
Hawkstone Park's steep, craggy hillside in the perfect place to set the UK round of the Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship.
More information: http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/sport/enduro/
EVENTS FURTHER AFIELD...
Date: 15 – 18 June
Location: Erzberg, Austria
What to ride there: Your regular commuter bike. You'll be surprised how well it handles the trip
One of the maddest enduro events the world has to offer. Particularly insane are the massed starts and race for the first dusty quarry-side ascent.
More information: https://www.erzbergrodeo.at
Date: 4 – 5 September
Location: Catalunya, Spain
What to ride there: Any old dirt bike your grandfather rode
The first page of the event listing says it all: “Riding dirt bikes on rough trails in the mountains is not 100% risk free.” Just how we want the two-day adventure anyone can enter.
More information: http://www.austinvince.com/
Date: 2 – 4 November
Location: Losail International Circuit, Qatar
What to ride there: Your private jet, unless you really are adventurous
Expect 30º Centigrade and cloudless skies for the Losail MotoGP. Just the antidote to November's cooling days and salty roads in Hertfordshire.