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Biking fun for all the family at the Roberts Cove Hill Climb

MotorbikesBy Finn Gillespie
Ray Casey in action
Ray Casey in action

THE great and the good of the Irish motorcycle scene will descend on the rebel county next weekend for a bike event with a difference.

The picturesque seaside village of Roberts Cove, not far from Carrigaline, will awaken to the a flurry of activity and the sound all engines great and small for the annual Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club’s Hill Climb on Sunday, 13th September.

The Hill Climb returned to Roberts Cove last year after an absence of several years, with the quickest time on the day going to Cork rider Ray Casey, taking the King of the Hill title from a field of riders that travelled from all over the country.

This year, there’s a new class for quad bikes, while side cars will also make a demonstration appearance. Riders will also compete for class honours in five other categories, including the Classic Superbike class for motorcycles that are pre 1993 and where the combined age of rider and bike is 70-plus for men and 60-plus for women.

Other classes include 600cc-plus triples to 675cc, up to 530cc-plus single cylinder machines up to 700cc and 650cc twins, pre-injection 600cc and twins to 750cc. Fans are in for a feast of motorcycle racing from the 50 entries which will see Ray Casey defend his title, while other riders include great names in Irish motorcycle racing such as Declan Swanton, Brian McCormack, Stephen Tobin, who scored his first win on roads at Faugheen Road Races, and Dave Butler and Ted Brady, who recently competed in the World Wheelie competition at Elvington in the UK, all gunn-ing for the King of the Hill title.

The course is fast and has many vantage points, so it’s ideal for fans to get the best views as riders demonstrate their talents against the hill and the clock.

The action begins at 10am on 13th September where Roberts Cove will be an ideal family day out with lots to see and do. For more information check out www.corkmotorcycleracing andvintageclub.com.

Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club (CMRVC) was formed in February 2011 by former committee members of the 2010 ‘Munster 100’ Motorcycle Road Races together with others from the world of motorcycle racing. Its aim is to bring a fresh approach to promoting safe motorcycling and to cater for members who race motorcycles as well as those who ride motorcycles for pleasure.