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Diary Dates

Diary dates for the bucket list – not just any old race, but must-do events that’ll bring a smile to your dial for the rest of your days...

April 23-29, 2018

Afrikaburn

Why not ride out, 300km north of Cape Town, to the desert of Tankwa Karoo and experience the AfricaBurn. It's a week-long temporary encampment that features art, costume, music and performance – ah, yes, and the odd 'mutant vehicle'. And then there are the iconic 'sculptural burns' that give the event its name. Something real different, and mind expanding (or should that be 'mind altering'?)...

May 07-12, 2018

THE SCOTTISH

The Scottish Six Days Trial is an epic competition in an epic setting. It's a bucket list job without a doubt. Marvel at the incredible Scottish highland scenery and then stand in awe as the trials riders show incredible skills as they take on massive rock step after massive rock step. And eat haggis. And drink whisky.

June 09-11, 2018

Finke Desert Race

A race only the Aussies could imagine – and be brave enough to compete in. Located in the red centre of Australia, it's simply a 226km sprint across the desert between the outback settlements of Finke and Alice Springs. Ridden one way on day one, then return the next. Terrain is sand (lots of it), clay (less) plus there are creek crossings and occasional dirt tracks. It's fearsomely fast and consequently quite dangerous. Just to spectate is a major adventure. Fancy a go? Entries open January 29, 2018...

June 14-17, 2018

Wheels & Waves

Biarritz itself is reason enough to go to this event, the place quite simply has a vibe, it's one cool, historic town. And sat right on the Spanish border, while firmly French you can feel the cultural high notes coming from both nationalities. But it also has des plages, with a world class surf scene which feeds the Waves side of this festival. And being mid-June there's nearly always sun and warmth making it an ideal and comfortable venue for some hipster fun.Take off your mudguards, pop on your jet helmet and be prepared to smile all day long...

June 29-July 01, 2018

THE BIKERS CLASSICS – SPA FRANCORCHAMPS

Recreating the sounds, smells – and of course, the sights – of 1970s endurance racing (Coupe d'endurance) the annual classic 4-hour race at Belgium's most iconic track is simply unmissable. As well there's a complete classic festival surrounding the event with classic parades and classic track days, and all the usual stalls, displays etc. Feel the love...

November 08-11, 2018

The 50th Lake Elsinore Grand Prix

If you entered only one race in 2018 you'd have to think the Harvey Mushman 100-miler would have to be it. The Elsinore GP became world famous through Bruce Brown's On Any Sunday, so famous Honda named their 1970s motocrossers after it. It went to ground for a while, but its back now and offers a range of races and classes running around the traditional 7-mile town-and-country track. For us at RUST the HM100 has to be the big draw. Gotta celebrate that half-centenary...


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