Fizzy Meets British Superbike Championship 2019

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As the start of our trip draws ever closer, we are starting to wrap up our fundraising activities this side of the pond - and the team at Silverstone have offered us a spot on race-day for the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone on April 21st.

The two popsicle purple Fizzy’s that we are shipping stateside won’t be with us as they are currently undergoing essential maintenance before we put them on a plane - but we willl be there with several other FS1-E’s from the collection.

As ever - we are asking for £1 from everyone, and if each person that comes to speak to us on race-day parted with this small donation we would be well on our way to our target to help fund vital research carried out by Alzheimers Research UK and Alzheimers Association USA.

MCN London Motorcycle Show

This weekend the team were invited down by the MCN London Motorcycle Show to display the bikes and chat to visitors about our upcoming trip.

Supported by some fantastic volunteers from Alzheimers Research UK - we added £1107.44 to our total, and that’s not including the contactless card payments we took that are currently being processed.

Watch this space - we’ve hopefully got a few more events like this in the pipeline before we put the bikes on the airplane, including Bike1066 - Britains Biggest Free Bike Festival on May 6th.

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CrossFit - In Memory of Stanley Shand 31/01/1933 - 13/09/2018

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Two of our team are heavily involved in the CrossFit community, and as part of our fundraising efforts, carried out a charity workout called “Stanley” at our local training box (http://www.risebridge.co.uk).

The workout centred around Stanley’s date of brith, and date of passing, and tested all involved athletes ability to dig deep and keeping moving throughout the gruelling workout.

After getting their breath back, everyone was treated to a bake sale with cakes and treats baked by various members of Stanley’s family - the local CrossFit community turned out in force and we added over £300 to our total thanks to the generosity of all involved.

CrossFit was born in the USA - so we’re hoping to also take this workout on the road with us and visit various CrossFit “boxes” along the route…watch this space.

It's a Small World, After All!

We’ve met all sorts of people along the way preparing this trip - and yesterday was no exception when out collecting a bike for a friend of ours:

“I met Peter today when he picked up a bike from me for a friend of his, he told me about his challenge and I donated towards it, after talking to each other for a further 20 mins it turns out that we went to school together and hadn't seen each other since 1981.....unbelievable, good luck Peter.”

It's Official - We've Booked Our Flights

With time slowly ticking away - we’ve managed to sit down and book our flights so we now have our challenge dates… there’s no looking back now.

Here’s a look at our brief outline:

May 24th 2019: London - Brussels - Chicago - arrival in Chicago at about 12pm local time with enough time in the afternoon to collect the support pickup truck, and the bikes from US Customs Officials.

May 25th 2019: Begin the 2,448 mile journey west across Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles

June 6th 2019: Arrival in Santa Monica (hopefully)

June 8th 2019: Los Angeles - London

Remember - there’s still plenty of time to donate!

Blue Haze Day @ The Ace Cafe

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The Ace Cafe - a symbol for all motorcyclists across the UK since 1938 - hosted their annual “Blue Haze Day” - and in atypical British fashion the sun shone all day allowing for a huge turn out of two stroke bikes from all over the South of England.

The team at the Ace Cafe allowed us to set up a stall on the forecourt, and we were kept busy all day chatting to all sorts of people who were extremely enthusiastic (if not a little scepticle) about our upcoming challenge.

We added £120.03 to our grand total, thanks to the generosity of everyone that attended. Most UK bikers are starting to batten down the hatches for the winter, but we hope to be back at the Ace in the new year.