McPint to star at ABR: John McGuinness confirmed for Adventure Bike Festival

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TT hero and MCN columnist John McGuinness has been confirmed as a guest speaker at this year’s Adventure Bike Rider (ABR) Festival.

He will join a line-up of stars including three-time Roof of Africa winner Chris Birch, round the world riders Elspeth Beard and Ted Simon, plus enduro five-time world enduro champion Ivan Cervantes.

McGuinness will be speaking about his road racing career on the Bridgestone Campfire Stage on the Saturday evening of the festival, as well as meeting people on the Honda stand, and taking part in a road rideout on the Sunday morning.

John McGuinness

“The word ‘legend’ is thrown around so much these days it’s almost lost its meaning. But John McGuinness is a true legend of motorcycling in every sense of the word, and to be able to welcome him to this year’s ABR Festival is huge,” ABR’s Bryn Davies said. “I can’t wait to see him at Ragley Hall.”

The event takes place at the Warwickshire venue on June 23-25, with £149 weekend tickets still available.

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First published 5 May 2023 by Dan Sutherland

ABR Festival attendants

The Adventure Bike Rider Festival will return to Ragley Hall Estate this June, promising up to 12,500 riders from across Europe the chance to get close to the latest metal, experience 30km of off-road, and live music.

Taking place from June 23-25, the event will be attended by more than 25 manufacturers including Yamaha, Honda, BMW, and KTM – with almost 1000 test rides available to festival goers, including the Honda XL750 Transalp and Suzuki V-Strom 800DE.

Part of the weekend’s riding is the 30km of off-road trails, including a 5km beginner’s loop, an 8km leisure loop created and designed in collaboration with the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), and more.

ABR Festival entrance

When you’re not riding, you’ll be able to get up close with a number of adventure personalities and bloggers including Elspeth Beard, Nick Sanders, RyanF9, Vanessa Ruck (The Girl on the Bike), The Missenden Flyer, Lyndon Poskitt, and Austin Vince.

It also wouldn’t be a festival without live music, and you’ll find plenty at ABR. The main stage will feature a range of party and tribute bands, including Detroit Soul Collective, Definitely Mightbe (Oasis), Mercury (Queen), Red Hot Chilli Peppers UK and more. Headlining the ABR Festival VIP Party Night will be British ska/reggae group, The Beat.

If you’d like to attend, three-day weekend tickets including two nights of camping are £149. To book, head to the ABR Festival website today.