Start your engines Roll up for RevUp – the best weekend of the year on two wheels
The best motorcycling weekend of the year is back again after the blur of the last two years.
Yes indeed, RevUp is back, after two long and wearying years without a decent spin on our bikes.
We’ve missed the brilliant roads, the mix of bikes, the riders and their pillions as well as the volunteers who staff the event.
Once again the ride kicks off from Joe Duffy Motorrad in Finglas, Dublin. It’s happening on the May bank holiday weekend as usual, which this year kicks off on Saturday, April 30.
We’ll be gathering at any time from the ungodly early hour of 7am, with the last bikes rolling out at 10am. It’s been a long couple of years and we’re really looking forward to getting out on this again.
This will be the 15th run since the event began all the way back in 2005. Over the years, a huge amount of money has been raised for a variety of charities and good causes.
RevUp is unique in that rather than starting with a huge rideout from the dealership, it works as a navigation exercise. You simply sign on in the dealership where you are given your first route sheet, which you follow to the first check point where you get your second route sheet, and so on.
The idea is that you head out in small groups, riding at your own pace, and have an adventure rather than some sort of race.
In order to take part you will have to raise a minimum of €650 and your pillion, if one will put up with you, will need to throw in €500. This gets you a lot.
Over the three days there is 1,000 kilometres of mapped routes, a luggage service, two nights’ accommodation in a very nice hotel, with both breakfast and dinner included. Then there is a full support service, including a breakdown service. All the surplus goes to the Irish Wheelchair Association’s nationwide network of sports clubs, where it will be used to buy equipment.
The other nice thing about RevUp is the numbers. The event is limited to 100 bikes with or without pillions, so it’s never going to feel full. The route itself is a well-guarded secret and you’ve got to follow the route map to get to the hotel, which adds a fantastic sense of adventure to the whole thing.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind. The event is only open to motorcycles. If you want to spend the weekend away in your car, go somewhere else. All types of bike are welcome – trikes, sidecar outfits, scooters, new and old. All you need is for yours to be fully road legal.
The team requests that you dress appropriately and they reserve the right to refuse participation to anyone who they deem to be riding without consideration for others.
Entries are made online via www.revup.ie and those who participate in the route in accordance with the regulations are eligible for badges, souvenirs, awards and entry to the awards. We’ll be there and we’re looking forward to riding with you.
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