GROUP RIDES suspended again for the time being due to CORONA VIRUS. 
Government to curtail social meetings in the hope of slowing down the spread of the corona virus.
Groups are now restricted to FIVE people.


It is never to late to join in. Email now to  to enter.


2020 is the Ten Year Anniversary of the formation of Algarve Senior Bikers (ASB) and was to have been a special year for our riders and fund raising activities.
Instead, due to COVID-19 and its special measures, we had to restrict ASB rideouts, only recently resuming with each rideout enjoying a full contingents of riders. One consequence of the cancelled rides has been the dramatic reduction of the charity donations that ASB usually raises for the Gaivota home for teenagers and Pirilampos children's home in Albufeira.
The recent ASB Planning Meeting explored potential options to maintain club activities within the permitted pandemic regulations for groups such as ASB and while attempting to close the gap in donations.
One suggestion was to offer a new motorcycle riding event open to ASB riders and friends.

What is it?
The event will be known as the “ASB Challenge" which despite its name is not a competitive event and is open to all ASB members and friends.
The objective is firstly to help members ride their machine(s) to destinations in our region encouraging smaller, localized groups and secondly help close the gap in donations.
The ASB Challenge is a motorcycling event offering a personal challenge to members. Destinations have been chosen with a wide distribution across the region, for historic interest and good biking roads, without involving overnight stops. Destinations can be combined.
Participants will have the option to enlist their mobile phone for a Whatsapp ASB group where members can seek riders and / or make arrangements for a ride.
To help close the gap in donations for the ASB charity, participants are asked for a voluntary entry fee.
The event will run from October to December 2020 after which the organisers will gather feedback to see if the initiative should be prolonged in 2021.

How to Enrol and Participate?
There is a voluntary entry fee of €10 per entrant (free to motorcycle pillion passengers). Additional donations are always welcome of course. The entry fees will be paid into the ASB charity fund.
The enrolment process is in-person, by attending one of three Enrolment Days where you will be able to meet one of the organisers in person (below), where you can sign-up and pay the €10 cash entry fee and confirm your email and mobile contact details (if you want). 

The organisers will be available for enrolment at the following times
and locations:-
Tuesday  29th September    1pm-3pm    
A Choupana restaurant, Fontainhas  
[N] 37.153156 [W] -8.624390    
Andrew Chilton

Wednesday  30th September    10am-12noon    
Meeting point          São Brás de Alportel    
[N] 37.146153 [W]-7.892754  
Erwin Oortman

Thursday October 1st   11am-1pm   
Meeting point Cafe  Moiras Encantadas 
opposite  Car Park Centro de Saude, Paderne   .
 [N] 37.176031 [W]-8.204026  
 David Shirley
It would be helpful if you let us know if you are coming to sign up and on which day.
If you can not make any of these times please email and we will make arrangements for you to take part.

Shortly after enrolling, you will receive the following files by email:
The first (of two) lists of destination waypoints with GPS and/or What3Words co-ordinates. (The list will be updated in mid-November with additional waypoints.)
A printable map of the destination waypoints listed.
A GPX file of waypoints to upload to your navigation system (with an update in November.)
The ASB Challenge assumes a certain level of navigational skills and understanding of GPS co-ordinates, to precisely identify specific destinations. 
Once entrants receive the information pack email, they can select their choice of destinations and plan their ride route(s). No route plans are provided by ASB. It is not a group event, but a small number of individuals may choose to travel together, communicating via email, WhatsApp or other messaging media.
You can see who is taking part in the event by checking the Members register on the website. The details of those members taking part will be highlighted so that you can contact members to form small groups .
Obviously all must comply with any prevailing social distancing measures.
Some experienced ASB Members (e.g. ASB ride leaders) may place calling notices for small group rides to Challenge destinations on an ad hoc basis, communicating via email, WhatsApp or other messaging media.

ASB Photo challenge
Entrants are requested to take a photograph at destinations. The photographs should attempt to capture some element of interest, e.g. comprise a scene at the destination landmark, include your motorcycle and/or yourself in the picture. (Please avoid showing motorcycle number plates in the photographs.) All photographs must be taken during the duration of the ASB Challenge.    
The competition will open on01/10/2020 and close on 31/12/2020.
At the end of each month entrants can email their best TWO digital photographs to :-
ASB Challenge organisers will select some of the best photographs to publish on the ASB website and in  newspapers etc.
Submission of photographs implies permission is granted to share and publish on ASB website, social media and/or local press.
Spot prizes for best photographs may be awarded at the organiser's discretion;
ASB will present any such awards at a forthcoming event .

It is the responsibility of each rider or pillion, ensure their own safety and ability to visit the designated destinations. 
It is the rider’s responsibility to comply with all road and vehicle statutory legal requirements, including COVID-19 requirements prevailing at the time of any journey.
Due to varying factors such as the weather, the suitability of the motorcycle, the ability of a rider etc, ASB and ASB Challenge organisers cannot be held responsible for the safety and security of participants.

Any Questions?
Any questions about the event can be sent to the organisers by email:

Event Organisers
Andrew Chilton:      UK Mob. +44-7392-467-699      Mob. 966326152
Erwin Oortman:     Tel. +351 289 312 473        Mob.  915 835 577
David Shirley:   Tel.   +351 282444 061    Mob.   961736817