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We’ve done AL’s RIDE 2014

Greetings to all involved in Al’s Ride,

 

On Saturday last the inaugural Al’s Ride was held with rain threatening all week yet holding off, then waking on Saturday morning at home in Sutherland to the sound of steady rain and all the right ingredients for plenty more.

 

With Christine as pillion and one other bike we headed for Bundanoon to start our leg of the ride expecting to find merely a few of the 31 riders registered to leave from this point.

 

I was heartened to find all bar 7 of the 31 arrive in good spirit and keen to ride.  Once we got through the introductions and listening to myself drone on with ride briefing, we were off curtailing the added distance from Bungonia to Tarago with roads drying then more rain with a great ride through to Bathurst with everybody well rained upon yet not a spirit dampened.  A few more smiles were to abound with the best ever plain hamburger & chips at Rockley Pub, the staff thanking us for bringing the much needed rain.  Two of the six riders registered on the Bathurst ride braved the elements to meet us and bolster our numbers.

 

Onwards to Bathurst where we were met by the Sydney riders who got to Lithgow well soaked then decided to come straight through to Bathurst rather than doing the extra distance to Ilford and Sofala.  There had been one minor mishap along the way with a number of riders so dedicated that they turned around to get dried and make the trip in their cars.  Shortly after The Hunter riders gave up waiting for the Sydney guys to arrive at Sofala and rode into Bathurst.  A bit of miscommunication.

 

In the interest of safety, we were escorted through Bathurst.  Those out under overcast skies stopping to see the impressive parade on the way to Conrod Straight for a photo opportunity then to McPhillamy Park for the Show &Shine.  Here, yet again, the greater bulk of those registered bought their prized and polished vehicles out in the rain and mud to be part of Al’s Ride.

 

Still there was more, a good friend, Dave Krueger from Toowoomba in Queensland was unable to get to Al’s Ride and set about to get 19 riders from various points in Queensland to ride to Kingaroy where they gathered raised more funds for Al’s Ride.

 

A big thank you to those who took part in the ride then left to return home or other engagements from this point.  Everyone had dinner then to the Bathurst Community Club for some socialising, speeches, raffle draws and auctions.

 

The organisers of this ride event together with Al’s family and friends wish to pass on our most heartfelt appreciation to everyone who donated, bought raffle tickets, participated in and helped towards this ride in honour and memory of Alan Ryan.

 

We have raised in excess of $1,000-00 through donations on the day, nearly $2,000-00 was raised through our raffles with a huge thank you to Harvey Norman, Moore Park Supa Centre, Continental Tyres, Dianne HULL & friends and IGA Supermarkets.  With the able assistance of auctioneer Don Malcolm and the generosity of Troy BAYLISS the NSW Motorcycle Alliance who gave a framed very limited edition shirt, Kate Ryan who gave a set of Continental Tyres won in our raffle then re-donated and Motor Cycle Accessories Supermarket (MCAS) who gave a store voucher, we were able to raise a further $2,900-00 due to the generosity on Andy Boyd and Neville Greatorex.

 

We are still to add registrations, merchandise and donations made directly to our charities and deduct our outgoings so that we can make arrangements to meet with Cure Our Kids and Cure For Life to make presentations.

 

For now, rest, relax, clean the mud and road grime from your bikes and cars.  In the coming months we will begin preparation for the 2015 Al’s Ride so if you can add any positive suggestions as to how we can do anything better next time, please let us know.

 

Thanks also to those behind the scenes who gave the time for the organisers to organise, to those who contributed being Promotional Logistics, GC Spares Auto One of Bathurst, The Club House Hotel Rockley, The Globe Hotel Rylstone, The Capertee Royal Hotel and anyone who helped I ask that wherever possible anyone involved patronise all our sponsors as a display of appreciation.

 

On behalf of the NSW Motorcycle Alliance, we the organisers are truly impressed by the dedication, generosity and support that everyone has shown.  The smallest bike to take part in this ride was a 225cc Yamaha, we had the honour of several attendees travelling in excess of 900 kilometres (one way) just to be part of this event.  We have clubs who have pledges substantial donations.  Alan Ryan is smiling on us all, those who may be spared from or suffer less due to children’s brain cancers are pleased beyond belief.

 

We will ensure that we let everybody know the final amount raised and distribution to each of our charities with the only variation being sums donated directly to each charity on behalf of Al’s Ride.

 

Stay safe and cherish what you have,

Keith Ryan.

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EARLY REGISTRATION PRIZE DRAWN.

Welcome to all those those who registered early for Al’s Ride.  This makes a huge difference to the our ability to organise, plan and learn in order to make this a better event.  Thus far we are on a fairly steep learning curve and appreciate the assistance offered and especially thank the 74 who registered early.

This afternoon, Monday 3 February, 2014, the manager of the Sutherland United Services Club, Mr Darren Martin assisted us in drawing entrant No 41, being Debbie Benham as the winner of the $200-00 fuel card.  We have spoken with Debbie who is excited with this win and looking forward to receiving her prize in the next few days.

We now have less than two weeks before all the planning and preparation comes together.  We have had an increase in registrations over the last few days, clothing, raffle tickets and ride stickers starting to arrive, we look like having a solid base to enjoy a great ride, raise some funds for our charities and build this event.

Cheers, Keith.

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Give Your Loved One AL’s RIDE 2014 for Christmas

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Are you stuck for last minute Christmas Gift Ideas? Why not give your Loved One a gift that gives back?

A Ticket to AL’s RIDE 2014 makes the perfect gift. Not only are you giving your Loved One a great day out, an Excellent ride, a chance to win great prizes in the raffle, and 12 months of Membership to the NSW Motorcycling Alliance including Roadside Assistance. Part of your registration fee gives back to Cure For Life Foundation and Cure Our Kids to support Research, Care and Awareness of Children’s Brain Cancer.

Visit the Registration Page and Join Today!

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AL’s RIDE 2014 is in Australian Motorcyclist Magazine

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AL’s RIDE 2014 is being represented in the December and January issue of Australian Motorcyclist Magazine. Grab your copy today and support the publication that is supporting AL’s RIDE

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Sydney Ride Start Location Announced!

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The AL’s RIDE 2014 Sydney to Bathurst Ride will officially be starting from the Victory and Indian Motorcycles Showroom, 554 Parramatta Road, Ashfield.

Further details including Breakfast will be released in January, Keep checking back here to find out the latest.

If you haven’t registered your place on the Sydney to Bathurst Ride, Get in quickly. Places are filling fast!

Registration is only $55 and includes 12 months membership to the NSW Motorcycle Alliance and Roadside assist, plus entry into the raffle with great prizes to be won.

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Tex & Bundy join AL’s RIDE 2014

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We’ve just heard from Tex & Bundy Charity Fundraisers, and they’re going to be a part of AL’s RIDE 2014 too.

Tex O’grady posted on our Facebook page saying:

“What a way to kick off the New Year for Charity rides, this is for a great cause and T & B will be 100% behind it. Sign up now so u don’t miss out! Come and enjoy a ride with some great people on some great roads knowing u are raising funds and awareness for Childrens Brain cancer. I look forward to seeing u all on this ride!”

Check back on our Website and our Facebook page regularly to find out where they will be starting their ride from.

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Find out more about AL’s RIDE at the 2013 Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show

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AL’s RIDE 2014 will be a part of the NSW Motorcycle Alliance Stand at the 2013 Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show from November 15-17. Come and visit us to find out how to be a part of the ride.

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AL’s RIDE 2014 is taking Registrations

All the finishing touches have been applied and now AL’s RIDE is ready to take your registrations for the 2014 Events.

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AL’s RIDE 2014 Poster

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The poster for AL’s RIDE 2014 has been released. Feel free to share this with your friends and place a copy up in your workplace.

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AL’s RIDE 2014 has a new Major Sponsor!

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AL’s RIDE 2014 are pleased to announce the NSW Motorcycle Alliance as the principle sponsor for our event.

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