Bikes, babes at this year’s Roar by the Shore

Lauren Laughlin

SPI’s own Lauren Laughlin is seen on a special edition Harley Davidson “Firefighter” motorcycle owned by local fireman Heath Olson. Photo shot with permission at Sand Castle on the Bay. (Staff photo by Ray Quiroga)

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Beach, bikes and babes – what more could be asked for in a weekend jam-packed for the Roar by the Shore South Padre Island BikeFest.

Oct. 13-16 will mark the days for the festival starting off the event with registration at noon at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. There will be live music featured from artists such as Southern Train, the Albert T Band, Gatos Locos, and many more.

The Girls Night Out, Bring your own bra (BYOB) decorating party, will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn on Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., with the “Show us your Bra” parade to follow at 9:15 p.m. by the pool. This event is not just for eye candy. It is also meant to show the importance of breast cancer awareness in the biker community.

At 10 p.m. on Thursday, the first ever Ms. BikerFest Competition will begin and continue through the weekend. The search has been on for months and finally the biker queen will be crowned.

Another new facet to this year’s BikeFest is the Decathlon. According to promoters, “The Decathlon is a brand new event for SPIBikeFest. The Decathlon is a test of skills at 10 different events. It will involve traveling throughout the Rio Grande Valley and participating at events along the way. It will be fun, and a little competition is always exciting.”

There will be a motorcycle freestyle stunt show held throughout the weekend, as well as exhibitions from Team Extreme, an American Basketball Association (ABA) team comprised of professional players such as Indiana Pacer George Hill, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs.

The King of the Causeway, a popular event in which participants test their athletic skills will take place for the fifth consecutive year beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Port Isabel High School. “This two-day triathlon and cycling event is sure to challenge even the most capable athlete,” BikeFest promoters said.

Then there’s the tattoo contest on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12:30 p.m., where bikers can show off their works of body art.

The list of events goes on and on, but one thing is for certain… this is going to be a weekend of epic proportions that attendees and participants won’t soon forget.

Bikers and onlookers are welcomed to join the party.

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