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Ring Leader
19.01.2006, 07:41 PM
After some informal greetings and a roll call to make sure everyone is present and correct, we board the vessel for the first leg of our journey. On the boat we gather round while the formalities of the trip are discussed, names and information are exchanged. For the next 2 hours you can ask as many questions you feel necessary to put any concerns that you might have to bed, whilst relaxing and getting to know any other members of the trip.


After disembarking, we group together and set off on the journey through France, Belgium and into Germany. There are many organizations that have a different angle on what, and which, routes to take. I have done this journey well over 100 times in the last five years and have put together a route that gets us to where we need to be within an easy time frame with plenty of breaks, without losing your license and without having to pay the heavy fines that the European police can impose. So, our tried and tested route and system enables a steady pace of approximately 75-80 mph. Each leg of the journey is no more than 1 hour 20 minutes in the saddle, stopping for fuel, coffee and snacks en-route.

Just as you think it’s starting to get boring, we arrive and experience some of the nicest scenic, twisty roads the Eifel Region has to offer. In short, breathtaking! We carry on to our final destination, a 3* hotel nestling in a valley, owned and operated by a typical German family who have run the business for generations. Tomas (the Head Chef), and owner, was incidentally trained at The Dorint Hotel. Spacious rooms with en-suite facilities, underground secure parking and a balcony with a view second to none, where we can sit and consume a well earned cold beer at the end of days riding.

After you’ve washed and changed we can meet in the restaurant and sit down for the all inclusive evening meal with a nice bottle of local wine from the Mosel Valley. By now, and after a few more beers, an early night is recommended in anticipation for Day 2 of your holiday.



Day 2

Rise and shine, and make your way down for breakfast, which is typical continental with a twist of Tomas’s interpretation of ‘bacon and eggs’.

At this point I (Keith) will be down in the garage checking your tire pressures and overseeing that your machine is ready for the days Ride / Drive. Then when we are ready to go, it’s off up to The Ring. When you pull in the gates you can feel the hair on your arms stand on end, as what you will be greeted with is a paddock area by the Ticket Office with a selection of bikes and cars ranging from the locals tricked and tuned up performance bikes and performance cars in the shape of dodge Vipers, Nissan Skylines and the typical German Porsche, Audi and BMW!! I once stood there and at a glance counted over £2 million worth of performance cars and bikes in six car park slots!!

Once we have gathered for a Ring Safety Talk and de-brief you ‘pays your money and takes your chance’!

There are many myths about The Ring. In my opinion, and it’s only my opinion, I would rather ride The Ring than take my chance on the M25 in London at 5pm on Friday night!!! Enough said!

Mid afternoon, for those who are interested, can take the short ride down to The Nurburgring Motorsport Museum and participate in all the things it has to offer, including the souvenir shop where you can buy your Nurburgring sticker to proudly put on your bike.
(P.s. Make no mistake – it’s your holiday, these are only suggestions – it is up to you whether you want to visit the museum or stay at The Ring.)

Then it’s back to the Hotel for a few more beers, your evening meal, and a long chat about the day’s events and your experiences.

Day 3

After breakfast, it would be silly not to experience some of the local roads with their switch-back 180 deg bends and awesome scenery, and for those who want to, will head off on roughly a 100 mile ride out with coffee and refreshment stops before heading back to The Ring for a late afternoon/early evening session. Or, if you want to, you can relax at the Hotel or indeed spend the day at The Ring.



Day 4

Today we will have an early breakfast, the usual bike check over and maintenance will be carried out and we will kit up, do a 50 miles up to Schumacher’s famous Go-kart track for a few special laps before heading home to the port.

Once you have all cleared customs, we will meet at the petrol station, say our ‘bon voyage’ farewells and head our separate ways.

anyone up 4 it?:D

Spud Raver
19.01.2006, 07:56 PM
Naw.....sounds crap! ;) ;) ;)

Freak
19.01.2006, 09:15 PM
Lil here...

I fancy all of it bar the actual riding of the ring. I know it sounds daft but it just does not appeal with all the cars. wouldn't mind going round in a sports car, but not really on the bike.

But, i do fancy the riding there and locally so may talk the boss into it if/when he gets something that runs on rice ;)

Ring Leader
19.01.2006, 11:05 PM
Lil wait till i get you down the cockham road ! 35miles of pure sex!

Ring Leader
19.01.2006, 11:18 PM
Lil wait till i get you down the cockham road ! 35miles of pure sex!

Scottch
20.01.2006, 07:00 AM
Steady on tiger!

This isn't one of your 0898 numbers Keith!! :D

Ring Leader
20.01.2006, 08:13 AM
Steady on tiger!

This isn't one of your 0898 numbers Keith!! :D
:D :D :D :D :D :cool: :rolleyes:

BDG
20.01.2006, 06:31 PM
I deffo fancy a Ring Trip, been talking about it for ages but never done it.

All gob and no action, thats me:eek:

Henners
28.01.2006, 05:02 PM
You know I'm up for it this year Keith - come on folks - make it a DuN trip?