Iron Butt Association Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

Iron Butt Association:

Have you ever thought that you fancy trying something other than the usual Sunday run out on the bike, along the same route, with your head down and bum up?

If so have you ever considered long distance motorcycling?

That is what the Iron Butt Association is all about.  Safe, enjoyable long distance motorcycle riding that gets you out and about to places you probably haven’t seen before, or take routes or challenges that you probably had never even thought of before.

“The 60,000+ members of the Iron Butt Association are dedicated to safe, long-distance motorcycle riding. Although based in the United States, we have thousands of enthusiastic members throughout the globe! One of our more popular slogans is, “The World Is Our Playground.”

Check out out the IBA Website here : http://ironbutt.com

Check out the IBA Ireland Website here : https://www.ibaireland.org

Check out the IBA UK Website here : https://www.ironbutt.co.uk

IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far :

Having been a member of the Iron Butt Association for a few years now I thought I would give their 2018 Photo Rally a go.

The info on their site sums it up pretty well :

Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018
Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018

The locations are spread all over the island of Ireland and the route between them amounts to many thousands of miles.

I’m sure you could plan a route and tackle every location across a few days (reducing the mileage), but personally I used my free time over the summer months and probably took about 5 or 6 individual day trips to gather up all the checkpoints.

Some of those days trips were very long.  For example my final trip took in the far west and south west of Ireland  coming from Northern Ireland that specific trip, which took in 4 bridges started at 7.00am and finished at 1.30am and consumed about 780 miles.

But long mileage is all part of the Iron Butt Challenge, so if you enjoy full days in the saddle, seeing parts of the country (world even) that you probably didn’t even know about Photo Rallies are a good way to go about it and there are plenty of them about.  Most motorcycle clubs, and the bigger Internet forums all offer Photo Rallies, so now that winter is here have a good look about and see what may take your fancy for the next year.

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2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results : Sunday 9th September 2018

2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results :

Derek McGee at the 2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival
Derek McGee at the 2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival

Sunday 9th August 2018 – the final race day for the Irish National Road Racing Calendar and it took us to Killalane for the 2018 East Coast Racing Festival sponsored by – strangely enough – Mrs Brown’s Boys.  Fair play though Brown’s seemed to get right into the spirit of things coming up with a funky wee logo and and even more funky bus…

It also say the return to the roads of Derek McGee who just one month ago was knocked out of action at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod…

If we remove that slight hiccup from the equation the result is Derek McGee taking 15 wins from 15 races – a phenomenal achievement and one well worthy of a round of applause – !applause!

It didn’t come easy though as throughout the final Derek Shiels was snapping at his heels on the Cookstown Burrows Engineering bike taking second place by a mere 0.185s!  The third place podium went to Michael Sweeney, Paul Jordan taking fourth.

2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results
2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results

Read on for the full results from every one of the day’s races…

Read more2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results : Sunday 9th September 2018

2018 Classic TT Results

2018 Classic TT Results
Sharing the Festival of Motorsport with the Manx Grand Prix means you share the good and the bad.  The good being the obvious – 2 glorious weeks of Motorcycle Racing, this year the bad was the weather.  Fog and rain plagued the early stages of the event with practices being severely limited.

The sessions did get run.  Extra road closures were put in place to maximise the competitors’ time on the circuit and as usual the organisers, Marshals, Medical Staff… all had to step up in difficult circumstances.  They all did and as you can see from the results and timings below we got some excellent racing.  

John McGuinness made his debut back in competitive racing (following his 2017 North West 200 crash) showing that without doubt he has still got it – taking the win in the Senior Classic on the Paton and also taking the fastest lap at an average speed of 110.676 mph.

Dean Harrison continued with the form he had from earlier this year in the Isle of Man at the TT Races taking the Superbike win with a fastest lap of 126.041 mph.

Read on for the 2018 Classic TT Results :

Read more2018 Classic TT Results

2018 Manx Grand Prix Results

2018 Manx Grand Prix Results

2018 Manx Grand Prix Results

After a trying week of inclement weather things started to improve for the 2018 Manx Grand Prix. 

The fog lifted, the rain stopped and the racers got to take on the Isle of Man Mountain Course in some style! 

Here are all the results from the 2018 Manx GP. Full Qualifying Session timings, fastest laps and other stats are available here : 

http://www.manxgrandprix.org/MGP-Results

Newcomers A – Result Sheet :Newcomers A - Result Sheet 

Newcomers B – Result Sheet :

Newcomers B - Result Sheet 

 

Mylchreests MGP Junior – Result Sheet :Mylchreests MGP Junior - Result Sheet Mylchreests MGP Junior - Result Sheet 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight – Result Sheet :

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight - Result Sheet 

 Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight – Result Sheet :

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight - Result Sheet 

MGP Senior – Result Sheet : 

MGP Senior - Result Sheet MGP Senior - Result Sheet 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight – Result Sheet : 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight - Result Sheet 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight – Result Sheet :

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight - Result Sheet 

2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Saturday 11th August 2018

2018 Ulster Grand Prix
2018 Ulster Grand Prix

It’s the final day of the Northern Irish Road Racing Calendar, and it’s one of the biggest – The 2018 Ulster Grand Prix Saturday Race Day. 

This article is being written real time during the event, in a new approach for me, it may work it may not.  So I welcome your comments and input either way.  That should explain why things may bounce about a little, but if it works I may use it in the future as a sort of live blog…

The day got off to an absolutely flying start with Peter Hickman showing once again that he is the fastest road racer on the planet and had his eyes firmly fixed on breaking more records – breaching 200 mph at the Flying Kilo speedtrap…

The previous best was held by William Dunlop #6 (RIP) at a still whopping 200.4 mph. 

Read on for the results and a brief summary of the day’s racing.

Read more2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Saturday 11th August 2018

2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Thursday 9th August 2018

Ulster Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix

The last road race meeting in Northern Ireland for the year is underway at Dundrod in the form of the Ulster Grand Prix and as usual we have all the results from every race right here for you.

Unfortunately during Thursday’s session we lost Derek McGee and Seamus Elliot (who have both suffered suspected broken bones) Derek McGee was flying through the last couple of meetings – at Fuagheen he had recently made it 14 out of 14!

A few more riders suffered spills but most importantly none suffered any serious injuries.David Murphy came off at Dawson’s, Davo Johnston at the hairpin, a red flag halted the action in the first 600 race due to rain and Joey Thompson suffered a high side.

On a much more positive note Conor Cummins took the Supersport race in outstanding style and Adam McLean dedicated his Supertwin win to James Cowton.  Neil Kernohan and Christian Elkin took the honours in the hotly contested lightweight categories.

Full results below : 

Read more2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Thursday 9th August 2018

2018 Armoy Road Races – ‘The Race of Legends’ : Results

Armoy takes up back up towards the North Coast of Northern Ireland, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘Race of Legends.’

Run over two days the Armoy races consists of a Friday Practice Day (with 2 races at the end of the day) and then Saturday Race Day which was scheduled for 11 Races.  

Unfortunately that was not to be.  

The Saturday Racing was abandoned due to truly atrocious weather.

Read more2018 Armoy Road Races – ‘The Race of Legends’ : Results

2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races Results

Faugheen 50 Road Races
Faugheen 50 Road Races

This weekend saw the road racing schedule return to the Republic of Ireland for the Faugheen 50 Road Races.

As you will see from the results below Derek McGee remains the man to beat with 14 wins, from his last 14 entries.  Impressive!  This weekend’s stats are simply 5 entries – 5 wins!

Derek McGee makes it 14 out of 14 and 5 out of 5 at the 2018 Faugheen 50

Read on for the results of the 2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races :

Read more2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races Results

2018 Walderstown ‘Race of the South’ Results :

The 2018 Walderstown Road Races were held on 14th – 15th July.

The races, thankfully, passed off without major incident and Derek McGee surged to 4 victories including the feature superbike race.

Read on for the full results of what I believe to have been the first proper wet session of the Irish calendar – I remember Cookstown getting the odd shower but after Ireland being being baked in a recent heatwave it had to break and Walderstown was the first session where wet tyres were the only option – all day!

Derek McGee took four great wins at the 2018 Walstown ‘Race of the South’ Road Races
Derek McGee took four great wins at the 2018 Walstown ‘Race of the South’ Road Races

Read more2018 Walderstown ‘Race of the South’ Results :

29/06/18 & 30/06/2018- The Relaunched Enniskillen 100 – The Circuit

The debut of the Relaunched Enniskillen 100 is now less than a week away and just to wet your appetite and make you aware of the Course layout the organisers have released a map of the Circuit…

2018 Enniskillen 100 Course Map

So now you are pretty much all set and the weather forecast looks like it is going to be a glorious weekend!  So make sure you have the sun cream packed in the back pack, you are going to need it!

If you aren’t to sure where to go, don’t worry!  The postcode for your sat nav is :

BT92 2AB

Enjoy the races, stay safe, arrive safe, go home safe, listen to the Marshals and here’s to a great and safe weekend’s racing for all those involved!

Check out the Race Schedule here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/26/29-06-18-30-06-2018-the-relaunched-enniskillen-100-race-schedule/

Check out the official website here : https://enniskillenroadraces.co.uk

Check out the official Facebook Page here : https://www.facebook.com/Enniskillen100/