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Sticky Post : New Site Section : Motorcycling…

If you take a quick look up to the top of the site you will see some separate sub sections such as ‘About’, ‘Events’ and so on…

Look a little closer and you will see the latest one – ‘Motorcycling’ 

As this is such a big section of the site and let’s be honest there are some epic biking posts contained in here I decided it needed its own dedicated section.  That means the site will stay dynamic with newest posts going to the main page which won’t therefore get filled with ‘Sticky’ Posts so the new stuff keeps appearing but the epic bike stuff remains ridiculously easy to find too… WIN WIN!

Now what are you waiting for, go on click it… ‘Motorcycling.’

 

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Armoy Road Races 2017 – Press Release

Armoy Road Races 2017 - Press Release

Armoy Road Races 2017 – Press Release

The youngest national road race in Ireland, the Armoy Road Races, confirmed this week that leading TT newcomer at the Isle of Man TT 2017, Adam McLean, will be at this year’s races on the renowned three-mile circuit come Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017.

Joining Adam (McLean), a previous winner of the Junior Support at Armoy, will be local men William Dunlop, Neil Kernohan, Paul Jordan, Darryl Tweed, Paul Robinson, Gary Dunlop, Hexham rider Dominic Herbertson and Moto3/125 GP race winner Christian Elkin, winner of Moto3/125 GP race in 2016. With entries yet to close (3rd July) and the 2017 TT just finished, many riders are now turning their attention to Armoy and confirming their attendance.

The announcement was made at the official launch of the Roadside Kia ‘Race of Legends’, which was held at Gracehill House, Stranocum on Wednesday 21 June 2017 alongside a keynote presentation from David Wallace, the film producer of Road Racers and a local Dunloy man.

2017 is the 40th anniversary of the original 1977 documentary, which truly captured the heady mixture of three local men, their families and their passion, drive and love of road racing. He gave a short presentation on why and how the film was made but having won two BAFTAs for other work, David freely admits that “the Road Racers film gets talked about more than anything else. I wanted to produce a genuine documentary in Road Racers that would give an insight into something very special but I was taken by surprise by its success.” Some key scenes of the film depict the three riders, Joey Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson and Frank Kennedy, riding through the village of Armoy where they often tested their bikes.

Armoy Road Races 2017 - Press Release

Armoy Road Races 2017 – Press Release


Bill Kennedy MBE, Chairman and Clerk of the Course, AMRRC said, “We are delighted to host, film producer and local man, David Wallace. It is difficult to comprehend that this film, Road Racers, was made 40 years ago, let alone the impact this film would have in years to come, the place it has in people’s hearts and the iconic level that it has reached across the whole road racing community.

“The Armoy Road Races came about as most of you know, after a bit of craic in a local pub. It’s hard to believe come September that we will be in our tenth year and that we continue to celebrate all of our road racers, past and present, including the reputed Armoy Armada.

“It is also hard to be believe how exceptionally fast 2017 is disappearing but we are on target with our planning. With additional monies from the Department of Communities and some work on the roads, courtesy of Transport NI, these races are set to be one of the best.

“William Dunlop was man of the meeting in 2016 and I’ve no doubt he will be keen to revisit his Armoy winning streak. As of yet, brother, Michael Dunlop, who retains the title of Race of Legends winner, having won in six successive years has yet to confirm his entry but the Club is hopeful he will race on his home course come July.

“VIP Corporate Hospitality Tickets are selling exceptionally well with folks from as far away as Wexford and Shropshire as well as Aberdeen en route. It’s getting down to those last few weeks, last minute riders’ entries, final preparations for setting up the course and then we will be ready for the best national race in Ireland.”

Also in attendance were the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird, Terence Brannigan, Chairman of Tourism Northern Ireland, members of the Armoy Club and other guests and sponsors including title “Race of Legends” sponsor, Roadside Kia.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Joan Baird, who attended the launch said, “The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is delighted to continue their support of the Armoy Road Races. For us it is one of our key sporting events and we are only too happy to be involved and show our support.”

Terence Brannigan, Tourism NI Chairman also commented, “Armoy Road Races are one of Northern Ireland’s prime motorsport gatherings, attracting motorcycle riders and spectators both locally and internationally. As the event goes from strength to strength it has an important role to play in tourism, in contributing to the economy and in enhancing our reputation as a destination.

“Given that this event is built on such a strong heritage, this is a great opportunity for many of the visitors who come to the races and stay, to explore the area and visit the many other sights and events that it has to offer.”

Mr David Boyd, Roadside Kia, title sponsor said: “Now that the TT is over, it’s getting to the stage that most of us are patiently waiting for the next road racing event. The Armoy Road Races is one of the must attend events and I for one, along with my team at Roadside Kia, just can’t wait until Race Week. We are very proud to be associated with this event.”

Bill Kennedy concluded: “I’d like to finish by thanking event sponsors Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Tourism NI for their very kind support. I’d also like to thank our title sponsor Roadside Kia. Without the support and sponsorship from these organisations and other sponsors present here today, the event just wouldn’t be possible.

“I often don’t get a chance to publicly thank the many hard working Club members and volunteers but as with the sponsors these races wouldn’t happen without their input. Now there’s still a bit of work to be done, but I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 28th July and Saturday 29th July 2017!”

This year, Bike Week runs from Sunday 23rd July until Saturday 29th July with the races taking place on Friday 28th July and Saturday 29th July 2017 culminating in the Roadside Kia ‘Race of Legends’. The Armoy Road Races are part funded by Tourism Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

For more information on Armoy Road Races, visit http://www.amrrc.com or search for ‘AMRRC’ on Facebook or follow on twitter @ArmoyRoadRaces.

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2017 Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ & 12.9″ UK Release Date

Preorders have already started for the new iPad Pro, and lead times for some combinations are already touching 10 days for dispatch – but when can you go into an actual store, have a look at the new devices and walk out (hopefully) with one?

That is a much harder question to find the answer to, no where seems to have that date in black and white.

Well I do.

It is today – Tuesday 13th June 2017.

So get yourself down to the Apple Store and have a go.  (Pickup at this moment 00:00 hrs is not currently available).

The reviews have already started coming in and they are very positive, however one thing shines through in every review I have seen… iOS11 is when we will truly know the true potential for the new iPad Pro and it won’t be with us until the Autumn (Fall for all you guys and girls stateside).

Apple iPad Pro (2017) UK Release Date

Apple iPad Pro (2017) UK Release Date

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Ian Hutchinson’s Crash in the Isle of Man TT 2017 Senior Race

16 time TT winner Ian Hutchinson unfortunately crashed out of the 2017 Pokerstars Senior TT at 27th Milestone of the Mountain Course on Friday 9th June 2017 and in doing so fractured his left femur.

Michael Dunlop went on to win a shortened PokerStars Senior TT race with the Bennetts Suzuki rider taking his 15th TT victory by 13.3s from Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison.

The restarted race was run over four laps after the original race was red flagged on the second lap due to the incident above. involving 16-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson at the 27th Milestone.

The Tyco BMW rider suffered a fractured femur and I wish him a speedy recovery and a speedy return to the TT.

Just today Hutchy tweeted a photograph of his front tyre (captured by @manxathlete) – it seems explain an awful lot…

https://twitter.com/tweethutchy/status/874167574866558976Get well soon Hutchy – hopefully catch you back in action at next year’s racing!

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Isle of Man TT : SES TT Zero 2017 Press Conference – Guy Matin, Bruce Anstey and Daley Mathison

Guy Martin picked up his 17th podium at yesterday’s TTZero on top of the Mugen – I think it is suffice to say he enjoyed it.

I enjoyed it too, and hopefully this is a class that develops more and more, Bruce Anstey – what a guy – hopefully he gets a seat on the Mugen again next year, he wants that 120mph lap.

Oh and for all the haters that say he ‘isn’t a real TT Racer’ – read this again – 17 podiums.

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Guy Martin’s Lucky Escape – Isle of Man TT

During the Isle of Man TT 2017, RST Superbike race, Honda Racing’s Guy Martin unfortunately crashed at Doran’s bend on his first lap. Guy reported that he hit a “box of neutrals” which caused him to berm the kerb and take a tumble.

With Guy Martin pulling out of the Pokerstars Senior TT earlier today rumours have been rife as to why.

Personally I think he knew (and Honda did too) that the bike was  not ready to be competitive, but more importantly they have to be 100% sure that everything about the bike is race ready and safe.  This was not worth risking.

A lot of work still needed to be done in getting the bike ready and with the massive amount of track time lost to the weather this year it was in my opinion the right call to forget about this one race, and hopefully, focus on the bigger long term picture.

Guy has hinted that he will be at the Isle of Man Southern 100 next month, and I have my fingers crossed he will make a couple more appearances back in Northern Ireland at Armoy and the Ulster GP.

You can see from this interview though that after his spill Guy was visibly shook up.

However Guy did race on finals day and earned himself a 2nd place finish on the Mugen Shinden Roku with his teammate Bruce Anstey taking the win.  All 8 TTZero bikes finished this race for the first time and although this class gets an awful lot of abuse, and at the risk of being contraversial – I like it, but they I am a tech guy – it’s going to appeal to me as a default.

2017 TT Zero Podium

2017 TT Zero Podium

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Isle of Man TT 2017 : In Memory

Rest in Peace lads, and ride free…

Davey Lambert (48yrs) : 06/06/2017 :

https://tbni.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/statement-on-behalf-of-acu-events-ltd-davey-lambert/

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Davey Lambert 06/06/2017

Jochem van den Hoek (28yrs) : 07/06/2017 : 

https://tbni.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/statement-on-behalf-of-acu-events-ltd-jochem-van-den-hoek/

Jochem van den Hoek 07/06/2017

Jochem van den Hoek 07/06/2017

 

Alan Bonner (33yrs) : 07/06/2017 : 

https://tbni.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/statement-on-behalf-of-acu-events-ltd-alan-bonner/

Alan Bonner 07/06/2017

Alan Bonner 07/06/2017

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Isle of Man TT Races Schedule for Friday 9th June 2017

The schedule for racing tomorrow (09/06/2017) looks like this :  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather gives us a break and we good a good Seniors’ Day – I think we all agree we need it!

Isle of Man TT Races Schedule for 9th June 2017

Isle of Man TT Races Schedule for 9th June 2017

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Upcoming Road Racing Events
  • Ulster Grand Prix : Meet the Riders Event June 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Follow @UlsterGrandPrix on Twitter for further details - tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • Skerries 100 June 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Skerries Roads close at 14:00 hrs.
  • Skerries 100 July 1, 2017 at 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Skerries Roads close at 09:00 hrs.
  • Armoy Bike Run, Barbeque and Church Service July 23, 2017 at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm ArmoynBallymoney, Northern Ireland The launch of the Armoy Race Week will commence with the, 'Armoy Ride Out'. Riders meet at 10.00am at the Armoy club office (Main Street, Armoy) to 'sign on'. This year, the route will head off to Ballymoney passing the Dunlop Memorial Gardens on the way to Limavady via Aghadowey and Ringsend. The ride will…
  • Armoy Road Races Family Entertainment July 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm – 9:00 pm ArmoynBallymoney, Northern Ireland An evening of family entertainment including competitions, bike safety event and car boot sale.
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