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Ireland BikeFest 2010

04th Jun 2010 - 07th Jun 2010 Ireland BikeFest 2010

Bike Fest triumph!

 

Returning to Killarney, June’s Bike Fest was again a spectacular celebration of the passion, enthusiasm and hospitality of the biking community – a record 25,000 of them!

 

The component parts of a really good rally rarely change. Bring enough bikers together with some beautiful scenery, entertainment and somewhere to congregate in the evenings, and the event will write itself. But when you add to that some remarkable hospitality from the organisers, Chapter hosts and the staff at the Brehon Hotel – special thanks must go to Breffini Ingerton for making it all happen – an extraordinarily diverse attendance and the inimitable landscape of south west Ireland, you end up with a bike event that lights up the whole season. 


Now in its fourth year, Ireland Bike Fest again added its sparkle to the town of Killarney this June, with a storming event that, for the first time, stretched an extra day into the bank holiday Monday. 


On Friday, the first of what would eventually amount to a spectacular throng of 7,500 bikes arrived throughout the day to explore and enjoy the beginnings of a blistering entertainments line-up, including country superstar Willie Nelson and, on Saturday, Brit rock favourites Status Quo. The atmosphere in the Bike Village ramped up too, with live music and DJs all weekend, while the Gleneagle Hotel’s ballroom hosted free live music every night till late. 


Saturday was a day to ride. Celtic Thunder Chapter led day-long ride-outs around the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. The scenery was breathtaking, taking in mountain passes and skirting lakes. Expertly organised by the Chapter’s Road Captains, these routes were a high point of the weekend for every rider and pillion that took the tour. 


Sunday’s parade was a fitting apex of the weekend. A celebration of everything exciting about the world of biking, more than 3,000 motorcycles followed the victory lap around Killarney, and were cheered and applauded by thousands of spectators along every stretch of the run. 


On return to the site, it wasn’t long before machines were lining up on the lawn for the Custom Bike Show. With an eye-popping collection of motorcycles on display, running the full spectrum from Rat to Radical, the judges had a struggle selecting the winners. However, the judges clearly had a similar taste to the rally-goers; Gary France’s low custom chopper was awarded Best in Show as well as People’s Choice. To see the list of winning bikes and runners-up, visit the Ireland Bike Fest gallery to view the winning bikes.


Of course, the Bike Fest Village was buzzing with the usual tenets of a rally – dealer stands (Waterford and Dublin), trader stands and food and drink stalls were a wonderful way to spend some downtime, while the demo ride fleet and (brand new this year) technical area gave scores of enthusiasts the chance to expand their own experience of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. 


That evening and throughout Monday, with the milestone events over with, it was time to relax, enjoy the good weather and soak up the atmosphere. And, of course, start looking forward to next year. In total, more than 25,000 people came to this year’s event. Next year, make sure you’re one of them.

 

Ireland Bike Fest 2011 will take place on June 3-6 (RoI Bank Holiday). Keep an eye on www.irelandbikefest.com for more information of visit the Ireland Bike Fest Facebook page

 

Custom Bike Show winners
 
Harley®
1st: Hiatt Wall, Waterford (Fat Boy)
2nd: Greg Kinahan (VR1000)
 
Rat
1st: Jim O’Brien, Cork (Goldwing GL1000)
2nd Jim O’Brien, Cork (Rat Moped)
 
Bobber
1st: Mo Blogg, Barningham UK (Battistini Bobber)
2nd: Noel Connolly, Galway (Harley bobber)
 
Ladies of Harley
1st: Jackie Erwin, Co Limerick (Harley)
2nd: Lisa Dunford, Co Waterford (Sportster)
 
Japanese
1st: John Campbell, Belfast (Hyabusa)
2nd: Leo O’Mahony, Kibereen, Cork (‘The Taker’)
 
British
1st: Joe Ryle, Dingle, Co Kerry (AJS Model 22)
2nd: John Cody, Fermoy, Cork (Triumph)
 
Three-Wheeler
1st: Gary Finn, Co Wexford (V-Rod)
2nd: Eamon Toner, Newry (V-Max)
 
Classic/Vintage
1st: Patrick Teahan, Killarney (1968)
2nd: Claudio Giani, Waterford (Shovelhead)
 
Streetfighter
1st: Tony Casey, Cork (Hyabusa)
2nd; John Ryan, Belfast (V-Rod)
 
Custom
1st: Tony Stephenson, Barrow-In-Furness (Rocker)
2nd: Noel Connolly, Galway (Harley-Davidson)
 
Radical
1st Gary France, Waterford (Custom Harley)
2nd: Don Gronin, Co Cork (Medaza 500)
 
Paint
1st: Barry Browne, co Wexford (Street Bob)
2nd: Tony Casey, Cork (Hyabusa)
 
Engineering
1st: Don Gronin, Co Cork (Medaza 500)
2nd: John Ryan, Belfast (V-Rod)
 
Best In Show: Gary France, Waterford
Peoples Choice: Gary France Waterford


 

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