Bikers cruise in for annual rally

BIKES AND BROTHERHOOD: The mass ride along Alexander Road in King William’s Town during the fourth annual Road Eagles Rally. Picture: AMANDA NANO

A sense of belonging, family and friendship was evident surfaced as scores of bikers descended on King William’s Town for the fourth annual Road Eagles MCC Rally at the Botanical Gardens, from April 5 to 7.

The club, established in 1997, saw a weekend of games and bonding, with bikers travelling coming from as far as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to take part.

Road Eagles vice president Lisa Quluba said the rally was a success, although the number of participants was numbers were down slightly from 2018.

“Friday was a slow start with the rain putting a damper on things a bit, also there was another rally taking place in East London,” Quluba said.

Serving free coffee all weekend was the Christian Motorcycles Association (CMA), which has taken part in the rally since its inception.

“We’re here to serve the community, to create friendship, for the people in need and also to give a voice of hope,” said CMA vice president Brandon van der Merwe said.

WHEELIE GOOD FRIENDS: The Christian Motorcyclists Association and Social Riders showed their support at the fourth annual Road Eagles Rally. They are, from left, Leanne Herapath, Tony Hurn, Bianca Martiz, Shawn Herbst, Danika Herbst, Brandon van der Merwe and Lolly Kapp. Picture: AMANDA NANO

Saturday saw lots of activity, starting with a mass ride from King through to Zwelitsha and and then back.

The GO! was fortunate to catch a ride, and witnessed excited children on the streets waving the bikers on.

While the games continued, the popular mechanical bull saw many eager adults and children challenging each other.

The evening saw the highlight of the rally –called the ‘Catching of New Members’ – where four new members were given the symbolic keys to their motorcycles.

Representing an all-female club, Bongiwe Didiza, of Trail Blazers, came to support her cousin, who is a Road Eagles member.

“I thought it would be great to come build relations with other Eastern Cape clubs,” Didiza said.

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