Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation in Ararat gearing up for 10th annual Grampians “Ride to Remember” in 2018

RIDE: Nicholas Hatswell, Grampians Ride chair Phil Clark Gordon Caldwell, Ron Duffin, Debbie Francis, Greg Dalmayer, John Hunt, and Dean Pinniger from Blue Ribbon Ararat prepare for the 10th Grampians Ride to Remember.
RIDE: Nicholas Hatswell, Grampians Ride chair Phil Clark Gordon Caldwell, Ron Duffin, Debbie Francis, Greg Dalmayer, John Hunt, and Dean Pinniger from Blue Ribbon Ararat prepare for the 10th Grampians Ride to Remember.

The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation in Ararat are gearing up for the 10th Anniversary of the annual Grampians “Ride to Remember”.

The ride will take place on February 4.

The 234-kilometre ride is a green corridor event and will be run under police escort to maximise safety and to minimise disruption to other road users.

Organisers are expecting around 400 riders and pillions from across Victoria and interstate to take part.

Starting this year from the Ararat RSL Carpark/ Queen St area the Ride will travel on all sealed roads within the Ararat Rural City, Southern Grampians Shire and Northern Grampians Shire municipalities.

The route includes travelling around and through the Grampians National Park and will take in the townships of Lake Bolac, Wickliffe, Willaura, Dunkeld, Halls Gap, Pomonal and Moyston then back to Ararat for a relaxing barbeque in the Alexandra Gardens.

The 10th Anniversary Ride is being organised by a Sub Committee that includes motorcycle enthusiasts, police officers, representatives from Ararat Rural City, Ararat Lions Club, community volunteers together with Ararat Branch members of the Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Subcommittee chair Phil Clark, a long-time supporter of the annual Ride, said it was a must-do event and an signature for the region.

“It is amazing how the Grampians ‘Ride to Remember’ has evolved since we first did the inaugural Ride back in 2008. 

“Many riders have done the Ride every year, coming from right across the state with quite a number making it a weekend stay.

“Others have only picked up on the Ride in more recent years and certainly have help spread the word about the excellent organising and conduct of the event.

“And of course, between Ararat, Stawell and Horsham and surrounding districts we always get fantastic support from our local riders.”

There will be a  free Show N Shine and Blue Ribbon merchandise for sale in the Alexandra Gardens following the ride.

The task of feeding all the participants, volunteers and organisers will be again handled by the Ararat Lions Club. 

Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch chair, Terry Weeks said the Branch was fortunate to have such great support from the motorcycle community, police, Ararat Rural City and volunteers.

“The 10th Anniversary Ride is a major milestone, to be celebrated and at the same time remember Victoria Police who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” he said.

All proceeds will go towards vital medical equipment at Ararat’s East Grampians Health Service.

To register go to www.trybooking.com/SIMS.