Bike enthusiasts rev into Kirkcaldy for a great day of racing on the beach

Last year's Kirkcaldy Sand Races were marred by the rain
Last year's Kirkcaldy Sand Races were marred by the rain

The town is revving up for the biggest event on the biking calendar – the Kirkcaldy Sand Races!

With thousands of people expected to converge on the Lang Toun on August 16 on to get their annual fix of racing on the beach as well as trials events and minimotos, the event is set to be an amazing spectacle.

And the town’s Esplanade from Nicol Street along to Morrisons will be closed off to accommodate the many trade and club stands which have signed up to take part, including Alan Duffus, Kirkcaldy Kawasaki, Ducati and many more.

The event is again being organised by the Kirkcaldy and District Motorcycle Club, with sponsorship and support from Kirkcaldy 4 All and Digby Brown Solicitors, and the club members are praying that they don’t get a repeat of last year’s weather which saw torrential rain turn the beach into a soggy mess and the 5000 or so brave souls who turned out to see the spectacle in spite of the horrific weather, drenched to the skin!

“This will be the third event – as our first was a trial to show Fife Council that we were capable of organising such a big event,” explained Hugh Ward, president of Kirkcaldy and District Motorcycle Club.

“We attracted a large number of spectators last year in the atrocious weather, and there could be a lot more if we get some semi-decent weather for this year’s event.

“It is a family-friendly event which will help raise the profile of biking in Kirkcaldy and our club, but it is also about helping to bring people into the town centre, because as well as watching the bikes they will need to be fed and watered and will probably spend a bit of time in the High Street.”

The event will start off from 10.00 a.m. when there will be minimoto racing in the Basin car park at the west end of the Esplanade, with a trials course on the grassy area opposite Kwik Fit for those wishing to test their skills.

The Sand Races themselves are expected to begin between 12.30 and 1.00 p.m. when the tide goes out, allowing the courses to be marked out on the sand.

This year instead of bike engine sizes, the classes will be divided into A and B according to the riders’ abilities, and closing date for entries is Monday (August 11).

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