Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup 2015

Well the weekend for the Spring Cup has gone, and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it! This was to be my first visit to Scarborough and to the Oliver’s Mount circuit for some road racing. I’d booked the tickets and accommodation during early March and have been looking forward to it ever since.

Spring Cup Ticket

Spring Cup Ticket

As Friday morning arrived it was such a lovely start to the day I decided I’d get a train 2 hours earlier than I’d planned, so I could have some extra time in Scarborough. I headed into Brum and caught the 09.03 train to York, unfortunately it was comprised of a voyager, and while I may have rose tinted specs, I think they’re worse to travel in than the almost 40 year old Inter City 125 trains (HST) they replaced. Not only do they have half the number of coaches, but there’s nowhere to store any reasonable sized luggage and the constant noise from the under floor engine makes travelling on a HST a luxury in comparison. As I was sat in a coach without a toilet, I don’t know if they’ve finally cured that sewage smell often associated with the voyagers. Heading up through Derby, Chesterfield, then up to Leeds and finally over to York and a change of trains, a connection of 10 mins onto the Transpennine Express service to Scarborough. With the great weather, and the kids being off school the 3 car unit was full and standing leaving York, fortunately the journey isn’t too long. On arrival at Scarborough, the sun was shining, it was a little windy but a lovely day for sure. As I was earlier than planned I decided to head down to the front before heading over to guest house.

Turned out nice!

Turned out nice!

After some vitamin D and some chips on the front I headed over to the guest house I’d be staying at for the next few days. The Airedale Guest house is located in an attractive square, with a large garden area in the middle of the row of houses either side. I headed over and was greeted by the owner and two small dogs wagging their tails and demanding some fuss. A really nice welcome. I was shown to my single room, and found it just right, even more amazing for the price of the 3 night stay. The bed was comfy with crisp clean linen, tea/coffee making facilities a TV and a sink for a wash. The bathroom and toilet were separate for the single room, but you do have exclusive use of it. I popped out to some nearby pubs on the evening, a really nice friendly atmosphere in both of them before heading back to the guest house. Saturday Morning came, and with sun streaming through the windows I had a few cups of tea (as I’m powered by it) before heading down to breakfast. The owner was there along with some other guests, a cheery good morning, then a full English breakfast, a great start to the day and considering the room price fantastic value for money too. As the other guests headed off I finished my breakfast and was chatting with the owner for a while, again have to say how homely it is and a really nice atmosphere. After breakfast I got my things together and headed in towards town, got some cash, and eneded up back by the railway station, from there I got a taxi up to the bikers Village at the top of the circuit. The taxi driver was a really friendly chap, who gave me his card, (and became my Scarborough chauffeur for the next few days) Though it was quite windy, I had been warned in advance to bring a clothing option for very type of weather, and when in the sunshine it was quite warm. I headed through the gate and picked up a programme before heading into the bikers village.

Spring Cup programme

Spring Cup programme

Biker Village

Biker Village

The biker village was comprised of food and drink stalls, Clinton Enterprises, with clothing, stalls with bike parts and a few charity stands. Prices were reasonable and a good variety of food on offer too.  One of the stalls was for the Joey Dunlop Foundation whose aim has always been to create specialist accommodation that will open up the Isle of Man to visitors with disability. They were selling raffle tickets for £1 each for a chance of winning a Valvoline Honda 600 Bruce Anstey replica (pic below), A cracking prize, and even if I don’t win its money going to a damn good cause so a few pounds spent on tickets.

Bruce Anstey 600 replica

Bruce Anstey 600 replica

Quinphonic Festival

This Sunday sees a gig practically on my doorstep, while some will be at church,  or stuffing their faces with chocolate eggs I’ll be catching 5 symphonic rock/metal bands at the Quinphonic Festival. The Easter treat is being held at The Roadhouse, here in Brum a great live music venue and so close to home too.

The week prior to the festival started with some sad news, Divided We Fall have decided to call it a day quoting differences in the band and would no longer be appearing. I first got to hear them in action at last years Dames of Darkness festival over at the Robin 2, I really enjoyed their set (as did most of the crowd) and chatted with them afterwards and bought their album Dreamcrusher which has been one of my go to albums over the last year. It is always sad to hear of a band splitting up, but with the talent in the band I’m sure they’ll all go on to continue to make great music in the future. The organisers did a great job finding a replacement at such short notice and Control The Storm have been announced in the line up.

The line up for the fest has bands from all over Europe including Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK and the running order has now been confirmed as follows.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Control The Storm

5:00pm – 6:00pm Rose Avalon Official Music

6:30pm – 7:30pm Rainover

8:00pm – 9:00pm Temperance

9:30pm – 10:40pm Seventh Sin

Really looking forward to the fest, as I love live music. if you think you’d like to pop along you can get tickets from The Roadhouse Quinphonic Festival page

Spring Cup ticket is here

My advance ticket for the Spring Cup arrived this morning, really looking forward to it. I’ve wanted to see road racing for so long but various things has conspired against me over the years <gives evil glare at Arthur> I’d love to get over to the TT or the Irish races sometime, but this seemed like an ideal introduction and with access to the paddock too, I can feel its going to be a fab weekend! :)

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Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup

So the weather this last week which has gone from warm and blue skies to howling winds with an unwell looking old lady flying through the air on her bicycle while chasing after a small dog I’ll be packing things to cover me from frozen arctic to post bank holiday heatwave and hoping its the latter.

Oliver’s Mount here I come..

Despite loving my bikes and bike sport I’ve never managed to get to any road races, various things have conspired against me over the years and after the cancellation of something planned at the end of February yesterday I decided to change that.

So I’ll be heading up to Scarborough next month for the Spring Cup, now a 2 day event at the famous Oliver’s Mount road circuit. I managed to get a great deal on my hotel stay thanks to LateRooms which I’ve booked from Friday to Monday, so I don’t have to travel home by train on a Sunday (always a nightmare)  also noticed that advance ticket holders also get access to the paddock area, which will be a great experience and might allow me to get some pics. Really looking forward to my weekend there, and hoping the sunshine that we’ve got here today makes an appearance that weekend too.

Now wonder if I’ll still fit in some of my biking T-shirts..

Aldi offering new range of motorcycle gear

Discount retailer Aldi are going to stock a new range of budget motorcycle gear in their special buy section from 8th March. While it may not have some of the features of higher end gear, I’m sure the emergency services would rather see someone on a bike/scooter spill wearing these than something from Paul’s Boutique (as I saw this morning)

With more people buying bikes and scooters, a range of budget gear will go down well.

The full range is now available on the Aldi site

EDIT:  Biking site Visor Down had an item on the range including pricing.

Had a clear out

Have to admit I forgot I had this page, so as we’re on the first day of Spring I thought a clear out was in order. A lot of the old stuff both from here and the now closed Great NRAS Rail Race page has been consigned to the bin. I’ll add some of the old more interesting posts from both sites here again in due course.

Opening World Superbike round from Philip Island

The start of the bike sport season kicked off down under, with the World Superbikes getting things underway. As sleep often evades me due to the RA, being awake in the wee small hours for the live coverage came as no problem.

What developed over the next few hours was simply fantastic racing, both Superbike races were edge of the seat stuff, and the Supersport didn’t disappoint either.

All credit to the riders for playing out such a spectacular opening round of proper racing (unlike what is often seen in Snoremula 1)

As I posted to twitter at the time, its been many a year since I’ve had that much excitement at 1 and 4am on a Sunday morning! ;)

With things looking close in MotoGP after the Sepang testing and a packed BSB grid this year, its going to be one hell of a year for bike racing fans.