Bikers roar in for Stutterheim ride

300 motorcyclists rev up for Tablers

STUTTERHEIM Round Table 103 held their annual Bike Ride at the weekend.

The occasion has become one of Round Table’s biggest events – and is getting bigger and better every year, with this year being the 12th hosting of the event.

ON THE GRID: Hundreds of riders again lined up to take part in the Stutterheim Round Table’s 103 Bike Ride recently Picture: CHANTAL RACHMAN PAPE

This year they tried something different; over the past 11-years they had a “big” night on Friday evenings and a bit of a quiet night on Saturday evenings.

“Well, due to the growth of this project, we took a bit of a gamble and swopped the evenings around,” Round Table 103 member and event organiser, Travis Scholes said.

“Friday evening was a quiet but fun night with DJ Shane Kreush, who played music in our beer tent for the riders that came to camp, which gave [everyone] a good night’s rest before the big day.”

The bikes started arriving on Saturday morning, with over 300 riders riding in to participate in the event.

The ride started at 9am and the last bike left at 1pm.

“There were a few broken down bikes which our marshalls were able to help and bring back, as well as a few injuries that the Alderson Ambulances team assisted with. We got a lot of good feedback from the riders this year, which will only make our bike ride bigger and better next year,” Scholes said.

After the last bike had returned from the course, there was more entertainment, with the lucky draw prize-giving that “took quite some time due to the amount of prizes that were kindly donated to us”. The Saturday evening entertainment arrived shortly afterwards which was the Silhouette 3 band, so while they were busy setting up all of their equipment, all the tablers took turns to go home and have a shower and get ready for a long night ahead – after a full day of marshalling, selling tickets, preparing all the food and ensuring that everything went off well throughout the day.

“The Silhouette 3 band started playing and was enjoyed by all,” Scholes said. “DJ Shane Kreush again played for us for the rest of the evening, till the early hours of the morning. Once the evening had come to an end, the tablers then went home to get some much- needed rest before returning early Sunday morning to do a clean-up.

“An event of this magnitude is not possible without the generous help of our sponsors. Each one will be thanked individually, but I would like to single out a couple. Firstly, Stutterheim Garage 24/7 Towing & Shop for being our main sponsor.

“To The Manderson Hotel who accommodated our artists. To the rest of our sponsors we thank you just as much for all of your help it is greatly appreciated,” Scholes said.

“Lastly, thanks to all Round Table 103 members who all pull together and make a project of this size a pleasure. All proceeds raised from this event will go towards local charities.”

A lot of fun was had during the fun bike event, with some stunning views of the ride that raised funds for the Round Table.

The next bike ride will be held on April 21 next year and will be a ride not to be missed.


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