Mark your calendars. We are hoping everyone will rally together and blow this event out of the water for 2013! You guys rock and we want this 10th Anniversary to big and really special for everyone.
We hope you join us again for what is looking like something very special!!
Everyone better like PINK !! It’s gonna be a big one!!
Don’t forget to check out Kristy Macleod Photography for the 2012 pictures. SmugMug makes it very easy to buy lots of great stuff to remember your ride. Great Christmas ideas and lots of great pictures. Thanks Kristy!!
More details to follow.
Pledge forms and registration forms will be available in the new year.
This year’s ride raised over $80,000. Total funds raised over 9 years is now up to $516,601
Friday night kicked off in North Sydney at Rollie’s Wharf for our first “Show ‘n Shine”. Over 500 people attended to view a great selection of custom, cruiser and vintage motorcycles on display. Awesome entertainment was donated once again by the band “The Relatives” of Eskasoni. The warm weather and the great atmosphere made riders look forward to the next day’s ride. Hats off to Rollie and Lynn Clark for hosting a fantastic evening!
Saturday morning started with cloudy skies, but an unbelievable forecast. The ride left the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre (MTCC) with the largest ever last minute registrations. With the Pink Superior Propane truck leading the ride under RCMP escort, we were off to Baddeck. The Baddeck Lion’s Club greeted us with oat cakes and Tim Horton’s coffee. The next stop was Cheticamp where the sun was splitting the rocks and Ride 4 the Cure T-Shirts were the dress code of the day. After bikers had lunch at the various restaurants, they were on their way to Ingonish where Keltic Lodge provided another great sunny and warm stop. Then they proceeded back to MTCC for the awards and prizes which exceeded $22,000.
This year’s ride raised a total of $80,225
TOP TEN CLUB
#1 Tim Milley, Hubley, NS $10,001.00
#2 Michelle Chow, Lawrencetown,NS $3,431.00
#3 Tim Lesley, Halifax,NS $3,218.00
#4 Alan Peddle, Sydney, NS $3,000.00
#5 Ed Filek, Sydney, NS $2,517.00
#6 Lou Rutherford, Dalem Lake, NS $2,507.00
#7 Tina Slaunwhite, Lower Prospect, NS $2,225.00
#8 Linda Holmes, Baddeck,NS $2075.00
#9 Louis Ferguson, Sydney Mines, NS $2045.00
#10 George Isadore, Membertou, NS $1325.00
Top Ten Total $32,344.00
Top Fund Raiser> Tim Milley was awarded a 2013 Polaris ATV Outlaw 90 donated by Route #1 Motorsports, Sackville, NS
Top Poker Hand> Winner was John Dickie, Albert Bridge, NS He won a 2012 Kawasaki KLX250 donated by Gord’s Sports Centre Racing Limited and Canadian Kawasaki
WestJet Donated Airfare for 2 for any fund raiser> Winner was Alfie Burt, Glace Bay
Motorized Bicycle Draw Organized by the local HOG Chapter raised $2,105 and the winner was Tony Matlock.
Hall of Fame Kevin Lynk for his tremendous gift of a 1948 Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle to be sold upon his passing with 100% of the proceeds to go to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation in support of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.
Appreciation Award Wilf Ramsay of Ramsay’s Cycle and Sport was presented a limited edition customized Harley Davidson fridge for his 9 years of support of Gord’s Ride 4 the Cure.
It continues to amaze us each year as we reach out to all of Cape Breton to lend a hand in support of Gord’s Ride 4 The Cure. There are so many individuals, businesses,organizations and communities without whose support this great news story would not be possible. Special thanks once again to the Baddeck Lion’s Club and the Alexander Graham Bell Museum for hosting the Baddeck stop. Big thanks to the community and businesses of Cheticamp who provided a great lunch and fuel stop. So much thanks again to Parks Canada and Keltic Lodge who provided a wonderful rest again in Ingonish. The RCMP headed by Ronald MacDonald made a safe ride for everyone. The Membertou Trade and Convention Centre was the last stop where the riders enjoyed great food and beverages and prizes were given away. A big thank you to everyone at the MTCC for another great evening for everyone!
We appreciate the continued support from the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for ensuring all funds are collected and tabulated during this event.
There are so many unsung heroes who step up for us every year. We are truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support for this cause. In closing, thanks to everyone for their support. It just plain couldn’t happen without you!
With heartfelt thanks,
Gord and Mary
Gord’s Sports Centre Racing Limited
Max 98.3/CJCB 1270/94.9 The Cape
Route #1 Motorsports
Ramsay’s Cycle and Sport
Motovan/ Biker Boy
Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
Nova Scotia Motorcycle Tour Guide
Prizes donated by the following:
J.R. Mahoney Ltd
N.S. Safety Services
Wilson’s Home Hardware
City Motor Sports
Disco Tire Craft
Our sponsor Westjet is on board to help us raise more funds! All registered event participants who raise funds are eligible to win this return airfare for 2. Join in the fun at Rollie`s Wharf Friday night and make sure to fill the pledge sheets!
We have lots of other great prizes as well.
Friday Evening Sept 7th Rollie’s Wharf, North Sydney,N.S Early Bird 2 for 1 Steaks!
Be sure to purchase one of Rollie`s Famous Biker Burgers
Starts @ 7:00pm>Late Registration and Show and Shine
You can have your card punched Friday night and also get your Parks Canada Pass so don’t miss out!
Entertainment Friday evening at Rollie’s Wharf! Back by popular demand”The Relatives” are volunteering to play during our show and shine. At 9:00pm for those who would like to stay on, Rollies will have the band “Memories” to continue into the night.
Saturday Sept 8th Ride leaves Membertou Trade and Convention Centre @ 9:00am
1st Stop>Baddeck> Alexander Graham Bell Museum
2nd Stop>Various Restaurants and Gas Stations will do all card punching. Look for the pink balloons!
3rd Stop> Ingonish> Keltic Lodge
Final Stop Membertou> Draw Poker Cards starting @ 5:00pm
Memberto TCC> Food and cash bar 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Bar continues for the evening
Prizes and Awards begin @ 7:00pm
Hampton Inn Membertou> Now Open> Special Rates> Call TEL: 1-902-564-6555 and say you are with Gord’s Ride 4 the Cure
It is joined by a pedway to the MTCC. Party Saturday night and just stroll the pedway to a comfy bed after a long ride!
North Sydney Hotels are on board!
North Star Inn 1-800-561-8585 or 794 8581 Wicked rate $85.00 email@example.com
Highland Motel Website for rates highlandmotel.net or 1-877-994-4530 or call 902-794-4530.
Sydney Hotel information to follow soon!
Thanks again to everyone who worked so hard on this ride! For those who are interested the breakdown of funds was donated as follows:
Cape Breton Regional Hospital Cancer Clinic $43,755.00
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation $38,018.39
The riders determine for whom they raise funds.
Remember to look at Kristy MacLeod’s Photos. There are a lot of fun items you can purchase and the profits will be donated to next year’s ride.
See you next year!
Saturday morning started with less than ideal weather, but as always our nearly 800 bikers were up to the challenge. The ride left Membertou at 9:00 am sharp led by the Pink Superior Propane truck under RCMP escort. With all exits closed from Sydney to North Sydney, the RCMP were putting safety first.
The first stop was the Alexander Graham Bell Museum where the Baddeck Lions Club greeted the bikers with great refreshments. In spite of the windy weather the bikers set out to Cheticamp where the local restaurants were once again flying their pink balloons in support of the ride. Everyone had a great lunch stop to mingle with friends and then on to the Keltic Lodge where blue skies and a warm reception greeted them. The final stop was back at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre to prepare for the night’s celebration. Gord and Mary were on stage giving out over $20,000 in prizes with the help of the lovely “Ride 4 the Cure Show Girls” Emily Bushell and Lauren Butler.
Top Ten Club
Gold Timothy Milley $8,238.76
Silver Bill Steele $5,850.25
Bronze Jeff MacDonald $5,650.50
4th Linda Holmes $4,060.00
5th Renee Gillis $3,100.00
6th Tina Slaunwhite $3,000.00
7th Howard Seale $2,055.00
8th Alan Peddle $1,550.00
9th Dennis Best $1,201.00
10th Robert Rutherford $1,200.00
10th Louis Ferguson $1,200.00
Top Ten Total Raised $37,105.51
Each of the Top Ten Club were presented with plaques from Gord’s and each of them also received a gift from Ramsay’s Cycle for $300. They were also entered into a draw for a trip for 2 from WestJet. Linda Holmes from Baddeck was the lucky winner!
The Top Poker hand was won by Dave Martel from Dartmouth and he received a Kawasaki 250 Ninja from Gord’s and Kawasaki.
The auction that started in the window of “Cape Breton Radio” on Charlotte Street picked up later that evening live on stage. High bidder for the two custom painted helmets was Joe Anthony of North Sydney for $475 each. The next item up for bids was the “Ride 4 the Cure Fridge” drawing bids from as far away as Fort MacMurray where John Gnatiuk joined in by cell phone. He was top bidder at $1,100. The last item in the auction was a custom built motorized bicycle donated by Blair Clarke which raised an amazing $2,000 from top bidder Scott Palmer of Waverly. There were a lot of happy tears when Scott donated this prize to the Cape Breton HOG chapter to raise even more, in memory of his parents.
The awards for service and recognition were as follows:
2011 Service Award presented to ARC Construction. Special thanks to Angelo, Robert and Clayton.
2011 Hall of Fame
Tim Milley Top Fund raiser for 2011 and tireless supporter of the ride.
Blair Clarke for building the custom bicycle and longtime Ride 4 the Cure supporter.
2011 Youth Spirit Award
12 year old Breagh Hartland> For her year long fund raising efforts.
Once again Gord and Mary are overwhelmed by the generosity and support they receive each and every year from the bikers, the sponsors and the countless volunteers. A special thank you to our staff who step up to the challenge and add an additional 800 people to the list of their daily tasks. They volunteer for this event and they give so much heart and for that we are so very grateful. The RCMP, the Village of Baddeck, the town of Cheticamp and the staff of the Keltic Lodge and Parks Canada are all a vital part of the success of this ride. Special mention again to Calvin and Norma MacLeod who provided the support vehicle for several bikers. Our charities the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation/CIBC Run for the Cure and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation ensure all of your pledges are accepted so safely. Special thanks to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation for assisting again in providing administrative support for this event. So many people thank us, but what is so wonderful is how so many people give and it warms our hearts every year. We are so proud to be Cape Bretonners and so proud to call this island home.
Thank you everyone!
Gord’s Sports Centre Racing
Cape Breton Radio (CJCB 1270/94.9 the Cape/98.3fm)
Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
Ramsay’s Cycle and Sport
Halifax International Motorcycle Show
Prizes were donated by the following companies: Listed Alphabetically
Carpenter’s Union Local 1588
City Motor Sports
Gamma Power Sports
Halifax Motor Sports
Keltic Quay Resort
Kristy MacLeod Photography
Lloyd MacDonald KIA
Lloyd MacDonald Nissan
Motorcycle MOJO Magazine
Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia
Parts for Trucks
Safety Services Nova Scotia
Sea Parrot Ocean View Manor
Snap On -Ken Saunders
Sydney Motor Sports
Wilson’s Home Hardware
The rain should stop by noon or so today and Saturday will be sunny with cloud and even nicer Sunday and Monday for all you folks who have to drive back home after the ride. We still have some T-Shirts, but they are very low…. See you soon!=”Sponsor Bill and Carla to ride for a loved one!”][/caption]>[/caption]
Superior Propane is a new major sponsor had their Pink Propane truck at Gord’s this morning with The Pink Spyder 3 wheel bike!
Who’s going to make the Top Ten this year? That’s right folks…the top guns! We know you want the braggin’ rights!
Also check out the Ride 4 the Cure fridge in the window at CJCB on Charlotte Street. Also place your bids on two Ride 4 the Cure custom painted helmets and the Ride 4 the Cure Bicycle!The bids are climbing!
Our major prize sponsor is West Jet. As an extra incentive to be in the Top 10 Club we have something new! Everyone in the Top Ten Club will receive a chance to win airfare for 2 anywhere WestJet flies!
Welcome another new sponsor this year is the Halifax International Motorcycle Show (Feb17-19,2012). They will be making a donation during our ride. Best of luck for the 2012 show!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2011
Friday Sept 16th>
Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
5:00pm – 8:00pm> Late Registration and Pledges accepted
Beat the crowd and have your poker card punched Friday night and get your Parks Canada Pass!
6:00pm-7:30pm> Biker Barbecue> Indoors upstairs. Beef on a Bun. You must present your Biker Barbecue Card to be served. Cash bar open.
6:30pm-8:30pm> Live Band “The Relatives”
Saturday Sept 17th..Remember to bring your POKER CARD and get a PARKS CANADA PASS also.
< Start>Membertou Trade and Convention Centre Sponsor
As a note there will be no food/or beverages available that morning.
7:30am – 8:30am- Last minute registration and pledges accepted
8:45am – Driver’s meeting and safety notices. Support Vehicle>Calvin and Norma Macleod Cell 902-561-3078. They follow the ride 30minutes behind. If you break down, wait and they will get you.
9:00am – Ride departs from Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
1st Stop> Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Baddeck
10:00am – 11:00am> Enter and exit Baddeck on exit 9. RCMP directed.
2nd Stop> Arena, Cheticamp
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Arena>Poker Card Punch
Lunch>Restaurants of your choice. If you want to help raise more funds, please eat in a restaurant flying pink balloons as they have committed to making a donation as well.
3rd Stop>Keltic Lodge, Ingonish
2:00pm – 3:00pm
When you leave the route goes by way of the Englishtown Ferry and then back to Sydney.
Final Stop> Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
5:00pm>while demand lasts until about 9:00pm or so> Pub Style menu and full bar service for purchase at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
5:00pm – 7:00pm>Draw your 5 Poker Cards on the far wall in the big room upstairs. You must present your “Poker Card” with each stop hole punched in order to be able to draw your poker hand.
7:00pm – 9:00pm Prizes and awards
We decided to open up the big prize for fund raising this year to the Top Ten? The more money you raise, the more chances you have to draw WestJet’s return airfare for 2 anywhere they fly. Keep the pledges coming!
The riders raise funds for the charity of their choice and turn in those pledges at our ride.
Check out the link to the right and see the awesome shots taken by Kristy MacLeod Photography. I ordered photos from SMUGMUG last year and they were well packaged and high quality. I also ordered a coffee mug with one of my favourites and it is also perfect and diswasher safe.
She donates 20% of the profits to the Ride so keep the orders coming!
Thanks again Kristy for donating your time to our cause and for getting so many wonderful shots!
Mary and Gord