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,