Welcome Motorcycle Enthusiasts to the 2nd Episode of
“ON THE BACK ROADS WITH RIDE STOP N GO”
How did this come about you ask? Well over the last couple of years we have traveled thousands and thousands of miles across North America. Between us we have rode our motorbikes in 45 of the lower 48 states and 6 of Canada’s provinces. We have rode to Ottawa for Canada day, parked our motorbikes on the Whitehouse lawn, Shagged in South Carolina, hit a deer in Quebec, seen a crazy horse and partied all night long in Sturgis SD. All the while videoing and documenting our travels.
Riding in our Beautiful Province of Alberta
Early in 2012 we were planning our motorcycle rides for the year. Between us we decided to spend the year riding in our home province of Alberta. What a novel idea we thought. There is much we have yet to see close to home. We proposed an idea to Shaw TV in Calgary to film a six episode series of motorcycling in Alberta to be shown on local TV. They loved the idea and thought it was a great way to promote riding in Alberta. So we spent the whole summer riding, filming, meeting folks and just basically having fun doing what we love; riding our motorcycles.
This week On The Backroads with Ride Stop N Go we support Ride for Dad
The focus of the shows are motorcycling some of Alberta’s less traveled roads and with 40,000km of paved blacktop in the province we had no trouble finding some of them and wow did we have fun. This episode we do something a little different. Yes we do ride some back roads on the poker run. The priority was covering the 2012 Motorcycle Ride for Dad in Calgary, Alberta Canada. This charity motorcycle ride raises money for prostate cancer research and awareness.
Motorcycle Ride for Dad, Prostate Cancer Awareness & Research
Their goal as an organization is to spread awareness and fund research for prostate cancer, so that men can continue to be there for their families and friends for years to come. The parade of vehicles grabs the attention of the masses and the media on ride day, the research helps find hope for the future, and the awareness has the potential of saving men’s lives today.
Raising Thousands of Dollars in Calgary, Millions across Canada
They raise funds through a large scale one-day motorcycle ride event, and through ongoing public fundraising throughout the year. Ride for Dad events take place in 30 major cities across Canada, representing every Canadian province.
The first ride was organized by Garry Janz in Ottawa in 2000, where 80 motorcyclists raised over $20,000 dollars. Today thousands are involved and over the course of 12 years the motorcycle Ride for dad has raised over $9,000,000 nationally. The Calgary Ride for Dad 2012 raised over $150,000 and had over 400 motorcycles participate. We were grateful and honoured to have an inside look at how the Calgary ride came together.
The Executive and Volunteers for Ride for Dad are Key to a Successful event
The ride executive and volunteer’s start 10 month in advance and put thousands of hours into the planning or the ride. Included in this is organizing the route, recruiting ride day volunteers, obtaining corporate support, registration, local website, etc. It is a lot of work and done with smiles. Ride day started with registration, lining people up, speeches, meeting riders and finally the ride and the poker run.
Deerfoot Trail Closed down for 400 motorcycles
The executive invited us to ride close to the front and we were overwhelmed as the Calgary city police shut down the main highway in Calgary to allow us safe passage 10km down the road. Imagine 400 motorcycles stretching 3km long roaring down the highway. A sight to behold. The day finished in Springbank with a live band, some dancing, some door prizes and a great round of applause for the organizers.
If you have never taken part in a local Motorcycle Ride for Dad. We recommend you do.
Next week On the Backroads with Ride Stop N Go
We head to East Central Alberta, a rally ride was put together by a great friend to take us on a scenic tour of the back roads of the badlands. Join us along with a few other riders tour the Badlands.. tune in and see what back roads we traveled.
Ride Safe and we will see you next Sunday October 28th at 8pm MST.
Troy and Angela, 2 passionate people who love to ride