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Rotterdam Dirtride

Somewhat late posting this, but there's news at the bottom that makes it relevant. Rotterdam Dirtride held its third running in September 2020, a successful, very Dirt Quakey event at an eye-catching location in the Netherlands' second city.

Co-organizer Gideon Schipaanboord says, 'Just like in previous years, we wanted to make it an accessible and above all fun two-day motorcycle and family event, which was quite a challenge this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it more than succeeded. We are very proud that we have managed to organize one of the very few motorcycle events that have taken place this year in Europe.'

The organisers say, 'The idea for the event was born years ago when [we] felt like having fun by racing through the mud and ending in the ditch, like [we] did in [our] childhood, without it becoming an actual race. What was much smaller three years ago, with 35 riders, has now become an event with nearly 100 riders from all over Europe. Due to Covid-19 we had to limit the number of riders and participants.'

'During the weekend the riders raced each other, tore through mud baths, played moto polo and competed against each other in other fun games like motorcycle dodgeball.'

They continue, 'All participants stayed the night at the nearby campground and on Sunday morning the traditional ‘trackfast’ on haybales takes place on the track. A champagne breakfast with all participants, sponsors and friends before the race day starts. New this year was the collaboration with Dutch Flat Track.'

Dutch flat track champion Maikel Dijkstra taught riders the intricacies of flat track and on Sunday a classic sprint race was scheduled. During the weekend, however, it was not so much the fastest time that was decisive, but more important things such as who wore the most special outfit, who made the best crash or who took the longest on the track.

Now the same organisers are planning a Winter Dirtride at one of our favourite track , Dirt Track Lelystad. Details on the flyer below.


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