Official 2011 Calendar of Events for Aruba International Bike Week

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 05:05 PM
posted by Canyon Carver

All day             Aruba              Explore all between and including the two corners of
Aruba; on one side, the Atlantic crashes over rocks, coral ridges and cliffs. On the other Aruba is surrounded by tranquil Caribbean Sea – perfect for snorkeling and swimming. In between lays a desert landscape with a charming lighthouse, a nostalgic Dutch windmill and a spectacular Arikok Natural Park. Mix all that with modern hotels and resorts, fabulous dining, glitzy casinos…..Aruba has something for everyone!           
All day             Oranjestad      Arrival and unloading of bikes at Oranjestad Harbor.
10 am-5 pm    AEC                  Official AIBW Bike Wash. Sign up and treat your bike a
Spic ‘n Span professional wash. Are you going for the Standard wash? Or are you going for the Bikini wash, performed by gorgeous Aruban models. But do no let their outfit trick you; they are all experienced bike washers. Live entertainment in the main beer tent and DJ. Also visit the local vendors throughout the bike week at the Aruba Entertainment Center (AEC) in Dakota, Oranjestad.
7 -10 pm         Aruba              Pre-Registration ride. Enter to get familiar with our roads
and traffic signs. Pick up your Ride Guide and all Route Maps at the information booth/headquarters at the Entertainment Center. Route: Oranjestad – San Nicolas. In San Nicolas we will make a stop in the Red District at Las Vegas Bar and Hollywood Bar. On our way back we will make a one stop at South Beach at Señor Frogs before arriving back at the Aruba Entertainment Center in Dakota.
12 – 7 pm        AEC                  This is the Official Registration Day. Those who registered
On-line, still will have to reconfirm their participation at the Organizing Committee Headquarters situated for the occasion in the Aruba Entertainment Center. Pick up your Ride Guide, Route Maps, General Information booklets, discount packages and giveaways e.g.
Live entertainment in the main beer tent.
Bike and Classic Car Show. Enter your bike to win fabulous prizes.
7 – 11 pm        AEC                  The Official Opening Ceremonies with flag-raising and
Followed by a spectacular cultural event. During this folkloric exposure of our dance and music, there will be plentiful tents with artisanal artifacts, souvenirs and local food for sale. Live Steel Band in the main beer tent and live entertainment during the whole evening on the main stage performed by local artists and bands.
Daytime                                  Free during the day for shopping and private tours.
Recommended Malls to visit are: Seaport Mall; Renaissance Mall and downtown Oranjestad. Paseo Herencia Mall and Palm Beach Plaza Mall at Palm Beach and do no forget to visit the picturesque Mainstreet in San Nicolas. For island tours please visit our information booth in our headquarters in the Aruba Entertainment Center complex, or visit
6 – 8 pm          Aruba              Sign up for the second ride of the week; the Halloween
Masked Ride. Let’s join together for this Halloween Masked Ride. We will roll into the Hot zone area in a “scary” motorized parade. But after the ride, don’t get off your costume and mask, because the party has just started.
8 – 12 pm        AEC                  After the ride, get comfortable for the biggest Halloween
Party ever held in Aruba. Dim the lights and let’s change into the celebrity or monster that you’ve always wanted to be. Live music by Aruba hottest rock band: Honey Pot and DJ. Site: main beer tent. Prizes for best costumes (individual and pairs).
Morning                                  Free for Beach and Shopping Spree!
All day             AEC                  Visit our local merchants and artisanal vendors at the
                                                Aruba Entertainment Center.
12 – 4 pm        AEC                  Choose and sign up for the tour according to your interests
and budget. There is a lot to do and see in Aruba and this day is especially reserved for you to treat your self an unforgettable dimension to your vacation. A dedicated group of our committee is hard at work planning a variety of tours to choose from. Buses will leave from AEC and finish at AEC. Please visit us at our information booth for more information and sign-up.
4 – 6 pm          AEC                  Live entertainment at the main beer tent and Pop Corn
Dancers on main stage. Sign up for free Salsa lessons on main stage.
6 – 8 pm          Aruba              Official Dinner Ride departs now from AEC to Santa Cruz
with a stop at the statue of Gilberto “Betico” Croes, the Liberator of Aruba, to whom this bike week is dedicated. This ride will conclude at the AEC with the official Bike Week Dinner
8 – 10 pm        AEC                  Dinner at the main beer tent, sponsored by TTT-Riders-
                                                Aruba. DJ and show during dinner.
10 – 12 am      AEC                  Karaoke Nite at the main beer tent. Please sign up for this
                                                Aruba Version of American Idol and win great prizes.
10 am – 1 pm Divi Links         9-hole putt tournament starts. Check your event guide or
visit our information booth. Great prizes for the winners. Upon sign up, pick up your scorecard. After the tournament we highly recommend a lunch at Windows Restaurant at Divi Links for excellent food and a spectacular view.         
In the afternoon                      Free, go to the beach!
5 – 10 pm        Aruba              Check in for the Poker Run that starts from the Aruba
Entertainment Center. Last bike out by 6 pm. Last bike in by 10 pm. Prizes for best hands and worst hands. Live entertainment when first bike in at main beer tent.
10 am – 3 pm Eagle Beach    Beach day at the famous sugar white Eagle Beach. Team up
to compete for fantastic prize in genuine Beach Sport Competitions. Sign up daily at our information booth at the Aruba Entertainment Center. Live entertainment under the main beer tent on the beach. Match up your strength in Beach Volleyball, Beach Tennis. Beach Soccer and World’s Strongest Man games.         
5 – 7 pm          AEC                  Let’s roll to the Northwest tip of Aruba and climb just a
little to the majestic California Lighthouse. A great place to experience a breathtaking and stunning sunset, but get there an hour before sunset. Move your bike to the edge of the hill because minutes before sunset people will stand right in your way and block your view. Good food there.
Start from AEC and Finish at AEC.
8 – 12 pm        AEC                  Live music and go-crazy-nite at the main beer tent. Sign up
for Tattoo Contest, Wet t-shirt Contest and Pole dancing Contest.
Daytime                                  Free during the day for shopping
6 – 8 pm          AEC                  Happy hour under the main beer tent. Every thing goes
two-for-one. Entertainment by the famous DJ Chando Colina, Live radio transmission and Live stream transmission via internet. Line-up to send greetings to your folks back home!                      
8 – 12 am       AEC                  Carubbean Nite Ride. This nite ride goes from AEC to the
second largest city in Aruba, San Nicolas. It is a modern development that rose with the island’s oil boom. The area has a typical Caribbean heritage and exciting and exotic night life. We parade will cruise the mainstreet and the famous red-light district. A tour for bar lovers that will culminate in a dazzling Aruba –Caribbean (Carubbean) Night show with lots of Caribbean music, shows and dance.
Band line-up: Le Groove
                        The Failures o.a.
Visit our local merchants and artisanal vendors all around the event plaza.
Morning                                  Free during the day for shopping
1 am-5 pm      AEC                  Pre-Betico Ride Bike Wash and Bike Week Poker
                                                Tournament. Sign up and treat your bike a
Spic ‘n Span professional wash. And sign-up for Texas Hold-em tournament under the main beer tent. 50 player limit. See the information booth for more information. Live entertainment in the main beer tent and DJ.
7 – 10 pm        AEC                  let’s roll to Rock and Roll Center! This short ride will tour
Aruba’s famous South Beach Night life featuring stops at Rembrandt Café, Buster’s Garage, Soprano’s and Hard Rock Café to mention a few
11 am – 1 pm AEC                  Finally, the big Official Betico Memorial Ride. In this first
part we go east-bound. We will make stops at various points of interest all over the island.
1 – 2 pm          AEC                  Lunch at AEC, with live music under the main beer tent.
2 – 5 pm          AEC                  The second part of this ride will cover the west side of the
island. This ride will end where it all started at the Aruba Entertainment Center.
5 – 10 pm        AEC                  Closing- and prize-awarding ceremonies on the main stage
of the Aruba Entertainment Center. Experience a spectacular Carnival Show with lots of luxuriously costumed groups, music, dance, jump-ups and culminating in a spectacular aerial fireworks finale.



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