The warm summer sun did not deter riders from gearing up to support the 2017 KTM Ride4Kids!
Families and individuals enjoyed two action-packed days of riding and bearing witness to some of the best enduro and off-road riders Australia has to offer! Keeping the young ones entertained was easy, with plenty of action to be seen on the track and even a jumping castle to tire them out! The afternoon ensured that everyone could get together in a relaxed environment, share a drink, enjoy a delicious meal, and dance the night away to the stellar entertainment of The Pearl Cowboys!
From a chilly Saturday night, Sunday turned out to be a scorching day as the sun mounted towards its summit. Though the day was hot, it was not enough to halt the energy that the event was radiating. Riders were back in motion, ready to make the most of the event’s final day.
The launching of the Vincent Chiodo Cup was extremely successful, with riders of varying experience race their hearts out over the two-days to be the competition’s pioneering winner. Though all riders of the competition should feel proud of their participation, of course as in any competitive event, there can only be one winner. The inaugural Vincent Chiodo Cup was awarded to its first ever champion, Jack Simpson.
The major highlight of the event was congratulating our top fundraiser, Rielly Lynch. Rielly was very deservingly granted first pick out of the two awesome bikes up for grabs. Rielly’s story is a passionate one as he has raised money for Ride4Kids for many years. This year, he worked extremely hard to raise funds to help kids less fortunate than himself. Rielly received one donation of a voucher from his local supermarket, which he generously suggested should be turned into bottles of water for all the volunteers around the track. Very impressive for a young boy. Well done, Rielly, you are the essence of what Ride4Kids is all about.
The second bike was awarded to Andy Harrop who was one of the many riders who raised over $300. Congratulations Andy!
The event would not have been such a success without the support of all our volunteers and sponsors – KTM, Peter Stevens Group, The Vincent Chiodo Foundation, Fox Monza Imports, Evolution, Scott, Motorcycling Victoria, O’Neal, Collective, Force Accessories, DVMCC, JA Photographics, CSE Crosscom, Tess Knight, Jolly Jacks Jumping Castle, Wwave, and Casson’s. Without all of you, the event would not have been possible and for this, we are eternally grateful. A very special thanks to a few people in particular – Craig Gathercole, Matt Manning and Danielle Jayamaha – your coordination, management and efforts invested into this event have been astounding and most definitely without your assistance, the event would not have turned out to be such a success.
Thank you so very much to all involved in this fantastic event and we can’t wait for it to be back in 2018!