“Stripes will be earned, world titles will be won…” The slogan of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships is especially apt as the event takes place ahead of this summer’s Olympics. British hopefuls Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes are among those making their case for Rio.
From March 3
Various locations, UK and Ireland
Neymar Jr’s Five is a five-a-side tournament modelled on the street game that the world-famous footballer grew up on in Brazil. Players aged 16-25 in 35 countries do battle in knock-out national rounds for the chance to play at the world final in his home town of Santos.
London calling the Clash
Passenger Shed, Bristol
Any of the 20,000 fans who witnessed the inimitable David Rodigan and his Rebel Sound crew take down competition including A$AP Rocky at 2014’s Red Bull Culture Clash won’t be forgetting it in a hurry. Ahead of the main event in London, set to be even bigger this year, this intimate Bristol showdown is a chance for crews to showcase their skills.
Dublin city centre, Dublin
There’s no forgetting St Patrick’s Day in Dublin; more than 50 of the city’s most iconic buildings are lit bright green to mark it. Add to that the annual fancy dress parade through the city and a full four days of celebrations, and it’s a date for anyone’s diary.
Feel the power
Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire
The word ‘extravaganza’ gets bandied about far too often these days. But for petrolheads, the Festival of Power Easter Weekend Extravaganza lives up to its name. There’s everything from flame-spewing jet cars to nitro funny cars, monster trucks, motocross pros and the first round of the National Drag Racing Championships, too.