Did you know the sport of Rugby originated in the town of Rugby (in this town)? The town is famous for another thing as well- motorcycles. The locals here know a thing or two about motorcycles.
If you were planning to sell your beloved two-wheeler in this town, it is better if you got a professional valuation of your bike done first – asking too much can prevent it from ever getting sold.
The Rugby Riders Action Group (they prefer to be known by their acronym RAG) is one of the premier motorcycle clubs in the area. They meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, and occasionally ride out.
They recently held a fundraiser to support Warwickshire and Northampton Air Ambulance, which receives no money from the Government, but is funded entirely by local businesses and public donations.
Part of the proceeds from the fundraiser went to the Warwickshire & Solihull Blood Bikes, another biker group that literally rides to save lives – their members, some 60 in all, get on their bikes, rev it up and rush blood, human tissue, drugs and other medical supplies between blood transfusion banks and hospitals, or between hospitals.
It is estimated that they have completed 3,000 deliveries and saved the NHS £100,000 so far. In recognition of their efforts, Triumph Motorcycles have provided them with two bikes for free.
The main event in town is the Rugby Bike Fest. Although this is not very old, having started only in 2014, the turnout has been impressive enough to keep it going. This year, it will be held on the 22nd of May, and entry is free.
If you attending the festival, it is recommended that you are present by 10 am – that is when the bikes will be rolling in (the Rugby RAG and other motorcycle clubs from surrounding areas have pledged their support for the event) and you can hear the roar of their engines.
You can also join the ‘ride-in’ if you register in advance. Between 10:30 am and 3:45 pm, St. Andrew’s Church will be blessing helmets for nominal donation of £1 (plus 50p for every additional item); and there are plenty of bands to keep you entertained with live music.
Megan Kelsey, Megan Reece (from The Voice UK), Katrin McCall, Rachel-Ann Stroud, Lorna Dea, Melissa Severn, Nath Brooks, Tan.Trum, Stupid Boots, Fall From Glory, Hanzo, Morning Star, Go Primitive, Dead Frequency, Bad Touch, Emilie Rackham, Eve Singleton, Change Over, Behind The Settee, White Men Acoustic, Dexter and Copperhead Road are some of those who will be performing at the festival.
Of course, there is plenty of food at the event. This is in addition to the stalls that display both vintage and modern motorcycles. If you want to display your own ride, you are most welcome – the only charge is a £2 which will go to the Warwickshire & Solihull Blood Bikes.
Last year, there was a Katana 1400 Turbo drag bike which does the quarter mile in 9.3 seconds. This year, there will be Dave Baughan, the 1991 British Street Bike Champion and six-time winner of the Bulldog Bash, as well as the Coventry Bees Speedway team at the event.
There are several motocross tracks around Rugby, Warwickshire.
The Ranch: This is just five miles away from town, and good for training.
Moto 45: Located eight miles from Rugby, there is a separate track for kids. For adults, this course is unique for being challenging as well as safe for those new to motocross.
Long Buckby: This is a professional track used for race events.
Burntwalls (Daventry): This is a good one, with even a catering van on site, but whether it is open on the day or not depends on the weather. So you need to call before making the trip.
Badby (Arbury Hill): This is a racetrack, but you cannot compete here unless you are a member of the Amateur Motor Cycle Association (AMCA). However, that also means you can watch exciting motocross races – several AMCA clubs use it for their race meetings.
Dodford Turn: This is a practice track, located about 12 miles from Rugby. There is a separate track for juniors, what makes this different from the rest is that you can find a photographer here – so you can take home some wonderful pictures of yourself in action at the track.
Weedon: This is an old school track that makes use of the hillside. It is usually open only on Sundays.
Silverstone: The home of British motorsport, it is only 23 miles away from Rugby. Just in case you wondering how a Formula 1 track could be used for motocross, it isn’t – the motocross track is actually right next to the race track. And this is at a no lesser level, it has hosted the British Motocross Championship.
And at the asphalt track, there is the British Grand Prix of the MotoGP series from September 1-4, and a classic motorcycle race from October 8-9. But closer still are the British Motorcycle Racing Club Championship races on April 30 and May 1.
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