Make Ally Pally your New Year’s resolution

Published: 18 November 2001

IF the NEC show simply whetted your appetite and you’re looking for another chance to see the best in biking then get down to London at the end of January.

The Road Racing & Superbike Show, or Ally Pally Show, will be on from January 26 to February 3.

Held at the Alexandra Palace in London, and now in its 23rd year, it is the South’s premier bike show. Over 63,000 visitors attended last year and this year’s promises to be even bigger and better.

All of the new bikes for 2002 will be on display, so if you are still left undecided after the NEC or haven’t had a chance to see them yet then pop down and have another look.

But that is not all. Trade stands from loads of dealers will be there and bargains are always plentiful.

Because the show is held early in the year, it is the final chance for companies to sell old stock, so expect some serious deals to be on offer.

As last year was such a success this year’s has increased in size. In addition to the Great Hall and West Hall, which were both packed last year, a new hall has been added. The Panorama Hall adds over 1000 square meters to the venue’s size and will be crammed full of stands.

And that is not all. Race teams will be displaying their bikes in a specially constructed hall just off the Great Hall and there will be a stunt area built in the East Hall.

With two ramps as well as a half-pipe resting against the wall the freestyle riders will be performing their aerial acrobatic displays every day. When they have finished there will be stunt riding on road bikes and KTM will be doing display races throughout the day, so whenever you go there will be something going on.

If you are looking for a used bike there will be hundreds of cheap race as well as road bikes in the paddock bargains. Just have a look and give the owners a call.

And this is just the start, loads more is being confirmed everyday, check out MCN for more information. Tickets go on sale on December 3 and cost £9 adults and £4 for children under 16 and OAPs. Call 01440 704774 to reserve yours.