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Motorcycle show in Cheltenham
A host of biking celebrities are revving up for the year's biggest motorcycle show, being held in Cheltenham this weekend.
The national BikeSafe weekend is being hosted by Gloucestershire Constabulary and takes place this weekend (April 1 and 2, from 10am-5pm) at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The event will give motorbike fans the chance to meet and greet their heroes, legendary stars John Reynolds, Steve Saunders and Maria Costello.
The weekend is also a chance for enthusiasts as well as new or lapsed riders to brush up on their biking skills and check out what's new in the world of motorcycles and safety gear. And even better its free to get in.
John, Steve and Maria will be speaking to the public about their experiences and giving safety tips and advice to riders.
John is a former British Superbikes champion and Maria is the female TT lap and Guinness World Record holder. She is the first woman solo racer to be on the podium in the history of both the Isle of Mann TT and Manx Grand Prix.
Steve Saunders, who has been British Trials Champion eleven times, will be giving trial bike displays and drag racers Crew 22 will also be displaying at the event.
And the Constabulary's police motorcyclists will be able to carry out their duties in style, as during the weekend the force will be presented with a sponsored Yamaha R1 bike from the Dave Parry motorcycle dealership and a sponsored Suzuki Hyabusa from Performance Suzuki.
Riders will have the opportunity to ride out on the latest models from BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Ducati as well as Triumph, Suzuki and Honda as part of The Blade Group in assessed rides with police motorcyclists (please bring both parts of your licence). This year four routes will be running for the ride outs and as well as verbal feedback, bikers will be given written assessments.
More than 10,000 people attended last year's show and organisers are hoping for another excellent turn out this weekend.
Everything is set for a great weekend, and we hope as many people as possible will come along to this free event to get top safety tips and advice from the professionals," said Inspector John Pickersgill from the Constabulary's Road Safety and Traffic Management department.
"The BikeSafe show in 2005 was a great event for people of all ages, and this year's show will be even bigger and better, to ensure the better biking message gets spread to even more people.
"BikeSafe is one of the main events on the biking calendar and we are delighted to be hosting the event here again this year.
"We are working closely with colleagues from the Motorcycle Industry Association, Gloucestershire County Council and others on what is going to be a very busy weekend."
A climbing wall, inflatable racetrack and motorbike simulator will also be at the show, along with police and air ambulance helicopters and a host of other motorbike and safety organisations. There will be stalls in the Blade Group marquee where you can buy everything from leathers and helmets to bike locks and even get money off insurance.
Local bands will also be on hand to entertain the crowds on the Roadsure stage. The Constabulary's own brass ban will be playing, as well as 12-piece soul band The Banned, rock-blues group Mid Life Crisis, Cheltenham's Vince Freeman and SwitchBlade, who have just released their debut album.
Also there will be Junkyard Bird, Stroud Samba Band and guitar band The Bleeding Hearts, who have already toured Europe and America.
BikeSafe is an initiative run by UK police forces to promote better biking and improve the safety of motorcyclists on the roads.
Each year a police force hosts the annual BikeSafe show and Gloucestershire will organise the 2006 event, having also held a successful show in Cheltenham in April 2005.
Everyone who comes along to the event, sponsored by the Blade Group and Roadsure, will be able to enter the free prize draw to win a host of biking prizes, including £250 vouchers from Hein Gericke, free tickets to the James Toseland gig in July, plus free clothing and a signed picture of Michael Rutter.
: 30/03/2006 12:55:54
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