Bikes benefit Mirboo North
MIRBOO North became a sea of bikes when thousands of motorcyclists gathered in town on Saturday for the 3rd Blessing of the Bikes and United 4 All Ride.
One of the organisers, Sabine Widmer of Inline 4 Cafe, hailed the event a success.
“We estimated there to be between 7000 and 8000 bikes here. It was bigger than last year,” she said.
This year’s blessing focused on motorcycle safety and awareness, and the United 4 All Ride was organised by the Gippsland Motorcycle Club and Inline 4 Cafe to remember riders who have died while riding. The ride started at Officer.
Music was held on the main stage, along with talks by members of the motorcycling fraternity, including racer John Woodley, and Marcel Widmer of Inline 4 Cafe spoke of the impact unnecessary road deaths have on family and friends, supported by Victorian Assistant Police Commissioner Doug Fryer, Senior Constable Allan Piening, Pastor John Robertson and the most Reverend John McMahon.
Riders zoomed into town from five directions, enjoying the scenic rides each route offered.
Mirboo North has always been a thoroughfare and stopover for many tourists, especially the motorcycle fraternity, and traders took advantage of the massive crowds by opening until the event finished.
More motorbikes will ride through Mirboo North and South Gippsland this week in the lead-up to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, with the highlight being the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride this Thursday. See full story on page 47.
The blessing was sponsored by the Transport Accident Commission and included a memorial service to riders who have died.
The next event has already been confirmed for October 14, 2017.
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