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December 2007 Club News

Pink Ribbon Ride 2007

By Raelene Blake

We had a lot of enthusiastic riders looking forward to the Pink Ribbon fund raising ride on Sunday 21st October this year. The weather had been looking ominous since Friday and on Sunday it was no better but we had a fantastic turn out of riders and supporters on the day, being in excess of 52 starters.

The entry was $10 and this included morning tea and a raffle ticket. Extra tickets were $1 and were in big demand. The car park was very "pink" and looked great with an assortment of scarves, feather boas & clothing. We had a few bikes decorated with pink ribbons and bras, including my car which proudly wore a pink bra for the day and transported Chris, Sam and Joy around, don't worry Chris you'll back on the bike very soon we hope.

Kamballup stopoffWe set off up the Chester Pass Rd to the Kamballup hall. The rain was gentle when we started but just got heavier! There was no sign of the Porongurup ranges as we passed... they were obscured by rain. Chris, Sam and Joy had gone ahead to get the urns on and set out the delicious morning tea which was thoroughly enjoyed when everyone arrived cold and wet.

After everyone had coffee, cake and warmed up it was back on the bikes and on to Gilberts winery. We continued down the Woogenilup Rd to the Carbarup Rd which took us to the Kendenup townsite, then on to Albany H/Way and to Gilberts. Well this is the way most of us went. Our club president, disorienated because he was in a car, got lost and went via Mt Barker...

Roughing it at Gilbert's WineryWith two fires roaring on arrival at Gilberts, we rapidly thawed out and relaxed, ready to eat again. Glasses of Gilberts quality red wine were ordered by quite a few riders and went down very well. Our group occupied the entire restaurant and the staff did a great job taking our orders. We had planned a limited menu to keep the lunch casual and our meals were on the tables in no time and were delicious.

Chris, the pink one-armed bandit with Karina and RaelenePrize winners of the raffles were:

A big thank you to the generous supporters of this event who donated raffle prizes and made cakes and especially to everyone who braved the inclement weather to come on the ride, making the day a huge success and helping to raise a total of $751.00 for our donation to Breast Cancer Research.

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