2021 Tandragee 100 Road Races Cancelled

2021 Tandragee 100 Road Races have been cancelled.

The Tandragee Club have confirmed via a Facebook Post that their 2021 event is now cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

2021 Tandragee 100 Road Races have been cancelled
2021 Tandragee 100 Road Races have been cancelled

***Press Release – 2021 Around A Pound Tandragee 100 Cancelled***

First and foremost, the safety of our society, more than ever, has to come first. Tonight’s announcement to cancel the 2021 Tandragee 100 National Motorcycle Road Races has been taken with the intention of keeping people safe. We look forward to returning in 2022.

It is important not only to consider the safety of our volunteers and officials, local residents and landowners, local businesses, the competitors and of course our spectators but also the wider general public. If we are to collectively reduce the spread of the disease and lessen the impact COVID 19 will have in the longer term we believe to gather in large numbers for our event is not appropriate given the circumstances.

Whilst the implementation of the COVID 19 Vaccines is welcome news, it is likely that only the most vulnerable and our precious HSC workforce will have received the first dose by the end of February with the second dose not completed until potentially the end of May. This will mean the full effect for these groups won’t be galvanised until June. In addition, it is likely that the rest of the population who want to avail of it won’t be vaccinated until autumn 2021.

At a time when our Health & Social Care Services are once again managing significantly increased demand we must not place an additional strain on their precious resources. Many of our event medical team and first aiders will still be needed to contribute to the HSC response across Northern Ireland and we also would not wish to potentially divert HSC ambulance and hospital resources to deal with any event related requirements. To all those involved in the response to COVID 19 we thank you.

As a Club we are of course very disappointed to have to take this decision to delay our 60th Anniversary Celebrations for a second time, however, it is the right thing to do. We believe it is important to let everyone involved know at the earliest opportunity, so everyone is not disadvantaged in any way. We will need everyone’s continued support in 2022 to enable us to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and deliver a truly exciting event.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal sponsors for their understanding and support. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this announcement causes. Our overall sponsor Gerard Rice from Around A Pound has indicated his support for this decision and agrees that the health of the population is just too important to jeopardise.

Never has the phrase ‘all in it together’ been so pertinent and just so important. The COVID 19 vaccines provide the long-term hope and the current lockdown offers the opportunity to shorten the duration of the current surge. We can all play our part too by staying at home, practising social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing face coverings. We must all put our health first, don’t take any unnecessary risks. Keep up to date with and follow the advice given by the Public Health Agency. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act with compassion towards each other.

To anyone who is currently affected by COVID 19 and to those who will later become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers not only now but in the coming weeks and months.

Kind regards,

Anne Forsythe

Club Secretary / Clerk of the Course


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2021 Kells Road Races Cancelled

2021 Kells Road Races have been cancelled.

The North Meath Rpoad Races Committee have confirmed via a Facebook Post that their 2021 event is now cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

2021 Kells Road Races Cancelled
2021 Kells Road Races Cancelled

It’s with deep regret we have to write this post.Due to current uncertainty with the on going covid -19 pandemic, the North Meath Road Races LTD committee have decided not to run our event in June 2021.

It would be too much of a financial loss to the club to have to cancel last minute due to covid -19 restrictions.

We would rather cancel it early so riders are not out of pocket preparing bikes for a Road Race season that is not likely to run.We are very disappointed to make this announcement but we have a duty of care to residents, volunteers, riders and of course the general public.

We look forward to returning in 2022. Any riders looking to renew their membership please contact our club Secretary Diarmaid Corcoran by phone or email kellsroadraces94@gmail.com 083 4610469.

We will be in contact with anyone who entered our raffle to arrange a full refund.

We hope to have this done within the coming weeks.

We will however be launching some online raffles so watch this space.

Regards

North Meath Road Races Ltd Committee


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2021 Cookstown 100 Update : December 2020

Cookstown 100
2021 Cookstown 100 Update

2021 Cookstown 100 Update : December 2020

The Cookstown Club have released an information post / press release on the upcoming 2021 Cookstown 100 Races. With the Coronavirus pandemic still in full flow they have set out their plans and racing is still on the cards for 2021!


* Cookstown 2021 plans*

To avoid spectulation and second guessing for plans in 2021 for the cookstown 100 races, this is an update for competitors/teams and spectators.

Currently the Cookstown club hopes to run on the last weekend of April 2021.

Should the situation in regards to covid 19 still not be under control, the club has also been in contact with relevant bodies and have confirmed a back up date of 10th & 11th of September 2021 should we need to postpone our April date.

A decision will be made in March by the club and notice will be given well in advance, should we need to move from our preferred April date.

In regards to the current Covid situation and requirements for next year & to be able for the event to take place, although a vaccine is starting to be rolled out, from various conversations with outside bodies, it is clear already that restrictions will be in place in 2021.

Online booking system will also remain in place and limited competitor spaces may be required, and although we hope to have some lighter restrictions and protocols in place, there will however be restrictions which will have to be in place for this event and others to be approved and allowed to take place that is clear,especially as we continue to try for April date.

As like last year, there will be speculation and second guessing from some on this page and other various social media platforms in aspects of the event going ahead, insurance, goverment instructions etc. but again like last year, the club wish to advise both competitors/teams & spectators, that unless information is coming directly from the Cookstown Club, please take it with a pinch of salt.

We are well underway and things in place to be running the 88th Cookstown 100 races in 2021!!!

Any information which needs to be given to you all, will be done directly and as quickly as we know of it.

We were here last year with some who did not know what the club was doing behind scenes making out it wasn’t going to happen etc, but it did run and ran successfully.

Online booking will be opening again in January. However we have already issued a large amount of spaces via our christmas vouchers, so the availability will be even more limited than last year.

We will continue to provide any information quickly to keep everyone informed early.

But at this current time, everything is well underway to make sure Cookstown 100 is a go in 2021!!

CDMCCChairman 28/12/2020


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TT 2021 Cancelled

TT 2021 Cancelled :

The speculation of will or won’t the TT 2021 run has now been answered.

The Isle of Man Government announced today that the next time the TT Races will run will be in 2022.

Press Release :


The Isle of Man Government today confirmed the cancellation of the 2022 TT Races. The next TT Races will bow take place in 2022, from Saturday 28th May to Saturday 11th June.

Laurence Skelly, MHK, Minister, Department for Enterprise, Isle of Man Government, said:

‘We do not underestimate the disappointment that this decision will cause to many people. However, we are making an early and logical decision to provide certainty and clarity to race fans and everyone else involved in our event. The TT relies on thousands of volunteers and officials across a wide range of organisations and we could not move responsibly towards operating to that date and commit to welcoming tens of thousands of people to the Island in June, despite the progress towards a vaccination programme globally and on the Island.’

‘We evaluated all possible options including moving the TT to a date later in the year but there are complexities and risks, including scaling up of certain infrastructure and critical delivery elements of the TT, as well as existing resident and visitor travel in late August, which would cause further disruption to thousands of people.’

‘We remain hopeful that the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix can take place later in the year and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our Island again.’

Paul Phillips, TT Business Development Manager, Isle of Man Government Department for Enterprise added:

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Motorcycle Live 2020

Motorcycle Live 2020

Motorcycle Live 2020 :

Motorcycle Live for 2020 has went virtual!

Due to the ongoing global Covid-19 Pandemic, like so many events Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC has had to be postponed until 2021.

However – a 2020 Show will go on, but for this year it will be online!

Running from 21 – 29 November 2020 at https://www.motorcyclelive.co.uk you will be able to browse 51 microsites from manufacturers and dozens more from exhibitors.

Obviously it won’t be the same as a walking round the huge arena with a camera and notepad to make a shortlist of what you may buy next nor be able to go home with your new helmet or latest selection of gear for the winter or even next Season but you can still sit down with a cup of coffee and spend some time perfecting your wish list!

2020 Motorcycle Lve Manufacturer List
2020 Motorcycle Lve Manufacturer List

If you would like to look back at how Motorcycle Live looked in 2019 before ‘The Rona’ we have a concise gallery available here for you viewing pleasure : https://tbni.blog/2019/11/22/motorcycle-live-2019-gallery/

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Enjoy the virtual show!

The Coach Banbridge, Northern Ireland’s Oldest Nightclub… Closes

The Coach Banbridge :

In a press release on Wednesday 4th November 2020 Northern Ireland’s oldest nightclub announced that it was closing its doors, permanently.

Citing the Covid-19 pandemic and no foreseeable opening date for the nightclub industry the iconic Northern Irish Club announced that it was closing for good.

I’m far too old for the Coach now but in my younger days I spend many, many Wednesday and Saturday nights in that night club. I have already used the word ‘iconic’ and that is what it was, unfortunately now it will ‘legendary’ – the stuff of stories and legend.

Deep down I wish that some miracle happens and when the world gets itself back to normal so too does the Coach, not for me, but for the generations that now won’t get to experience it.

Thank you to everyone who works, runs, worked, ran and went to the coach especially those of us who were there in the decade of 1996 – 2006, we nailed it!

Banbridge has lost something very special.

Statement from the Coach Nightclub : 04/11/2020
The Coach Banbridge Statement : 04/11/2020

If it remains live (hopefully it will) you can find the Coach’s Facebook Page here :

https://www.facebook.com/coachniteclub

2021 Road Racing Schedule

2021 Road Racing Schedule :

Road Racing at the 2020 Cookstown 100
Road Racing at the 2020 Cookstown 100

It is obviously ridiculously early and things are subject to change (and are changing almost daily) thanks to Covid-19, however the Provisional 2021 Road racing Schedule has been complied and who could blame you for looking forward to some road racing after the year 2020 has been (with the exception of course of the fabulous 2020 Cookstown 100)!

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So far what we have – and NOTE these dates may change.

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2021 BSB Calendar Released

2021 BSB Calendar :

The 2021 British Superbike Championship provisional calendar has been announced today (Friday) following approval by its governing body, the MCRCB.
 
The 2021 calendar will follow a new format, with a schedule of UK tests ahead of a later start to the season, which launches at Oulton Park in Cheshire for the first time in championship history.

Obviously this calendar is subject to change, who knows what chaos Covid-19 will play on 2021 – fingers crossed for none!

BSB Dates 2021

2021 British Superbike Championship Calendar
RoundDateCircuit
1 May 1 – 3 Oulton Park
2 June 4 – 6 Thruxton
3 June 18 – 20 Snetterton 300
4 July 9 – 11 Knockhill
5 July 23 – 25 Brands Hatch GP
6 August 6 – 8 Donington Park National
7 August 20 – 22 Cadwell Park
8 September 10 – 12 Silverstone National
9 September 17 -19 Oulton Park
10 October 1 – 3  Donington Park GP 
11 October 15 – 17 Brands Hatch GP
2021 BSB Calendar

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Smith’s Racing to Quit Motorcycle Racing

Smith’s Racing to Quit Motorcycle Racing :

Words from BBC Sport

Peter Hickman on his Smith’s Racing BMW at the Isle of Man TT

The Gloucester-based Smiths Racing team has announced they will quit motorcycle racing after this weekend’s final round of the British Superbike Championship.

The team has enjoyed extensive success in British Superbikes and at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix international road races.

Having competed for 11 years, the BSB round at Brands Hatch this weekend will mark their departure from the sport.

Peter Hickman has achieved all of his five TT wins to date with the team.

The family-run outfit have become a dominant force on the roads since making their debut on closed public road circuits at the North West 200 in 2014.

Their first TT win came that same year with Gary Johnson winning the Supersport TT, with more victories following in the hands of Hickman, plus the outright lap record for the Mountain Course of 135.452mph in 2018.

Hickman also won a record-breaking seven races in a weekend for Smiths at the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix, upping the lap record to 136.415mph. With other successes at the North West 200 and Macau Grand Prix, the tally stands at an impressive 21 major road race victories and multiple podiums. 

Under the guidance of Alan Smith and his daughter Rebecca, the team arrived into the British Championship paddock in 2010 and took their first podium in their debut season with Dan Cooper riding the Smiths Triumph to third place in the British Supersport race at Knockhill.

As the official Triumph factory entry, the team won their first British Supersport Championship in 2012 with Glen Richards before fellow Australian Billy McConnell took their second title in 2014.

The team also scored points in selected World Supersport Championship races before moving into British Superbikes in 2015 where McConnell took their debut podium at Cadwell Park.

A further seven podiums were highlighted by Peter Hickman winning a race at Thruxton in 2017 and going on to claim a Showdown spot for three successive years with a best result of fourth overall in the 2017 British Superbike Championship.

Rebecca Smith, the team owner, said: “We have had a wonderful experience and gained lots of fantastic memories in the British Superbike and Supersport Championships and at the TT, NW200, Ulster GP and Macau GP over the past decade or so. 

“We have enjoyed a lot of success but now as a family and a business, we wish to concentrate our efforts in other directions. I would like to thank all of our riders, team members, sponsors, fans and organisers who have been instrumental in our successes over the years. 

“While it is the end of an era for Smiths Racing as a family owned and operated team, some elements will continue in a new guise and we wish everyone involved good luck for the future.”

Peter Hickman and his Smith's Racing BMW
Peter Hickman and his Smith’s Racing BMW

So the big question is what we wee Peter Hickman on next season and the next TT? I reckon it will be ‘Hickman Racing’ and hopefully still feature a BMW, but hey ho that’s just a guess.

Follow Peter Hickman on Social Media :

Twitter : https://twitter.com/peterhickman60

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/peterhickman60

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/hickyracer60/


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