Well, after 2 years of looking forward to this event, the
Arizona Centennial ride is now not years, weeks or days away, but only hours.
As of last report, we are now well over 2400 pre-registered riders
for this event. An unprecedented amount of pre-registrations for a motorcycle
ride. I’m glad those of you that wanted the commemorative items were able to get
them plenty in advance.
You will probably be seeing a lot about this event and the
Arizona Best Fest in the press over the next few days. I started my
day this morning at 3:30 AM to do 2 TV interviews. One at Channel 12 at 5:20 AM
and one with my buddy Scott Pasmore on TV3 at 8:20 AM. If you would like to see
the video, Click Here for Channel 12 and
For the next couple of days we will be going over our script to
make sure that Mesa Riverview is prepared for this monumental event. Volunteers will be showing up tomorrow to start stuffing the bags with
shirts, pins and raffle tickets for those that have pre-registered. That is a
big task by itself. It is a given that this is going to be a very busy place on
Saturday. We have a good plan in place to expedite registration and to pick up
your items, but this is a lot of people to get through the system in a 4 hour
period. So be patient and enjoy the beautiful day. My advice would be to arrive
fairly early so as not to create a log jam at 1 PM. Registration is from 10 AM –
2 PM. First to line up your bikes, will be first to leave.
There will be live music and plenty of food and beverage
available all around Mesa Riverview. Cactus Moon will be serving a
$7 breakfast special starting at 8 AM. So relax, enjoy the day, and bring your
camera for this special day to celebrate Arizona’s 100th Birthday of Statehood.
I can’t wait to put the rumble into downtown Phoenix!
Thanks to all of the Centennial Ride Committee members who have volunteered their time to make this happen. It could not have
been done without this huge collective effort. And thanks to all of the DPS,
Phoenix and Mesa Police who have spent many hours to make sure that we are safe
on this ride. You are awesome and we all appreciate it.
For those of you that missed the newsletter last week with the
ride history, Click Here
am including the ride details from that newsletter for you below. Watch the Cyclerides.com Facebook
other updates after today.
Details for the Ride
This “Once in a Lifetime” event to celebrate 100 years of Arizona Statehood
will be led by Dierks Bentley and Paul Yaffe on the Copper Chopper. Sponsored by the Law Tigers. For those of you planning on going, here are
the particulars that you will need to know:
Registration: Saturday, February 11th. Mesa Riverview. 10 AM – 1:45
PM. The ride leaves promptly at 2 PM.
: Mesa Riverview
located at Southeast corner of the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. in Mesa next to Bass Pro Shops. Exit the 202 South bound. Go to the first light
and turn left. Follow the signs to line up. Click Here for Maps.
Staging: We will be lining all of the bikes up in the street on Bass
Pro Drive utilizing 3 of the 4 lanes with all bikes heading West.
There will be 2 bikes per lane. When we fill up one lane, we will start on the
next lane. The first lane to fill up will be the first released. This takes away
the nasty bottle neck of leaving from a parking lot. So whoever gets there
first, will be at the front of the line. If you would like to ride with your
group, you will have to wait for them to get there and then get in line
together, because once you are in the line, you won’t be able to move.
Check In: All riders will be met by a team of volunteers at your
bike when you get in the line. If you have pre registered you will
give your name, it will be looked up on the pre registration sheet, you will
then sign a ride release and then be given a wristband that will enable you to
go pick up your Shirt, Ride Pin and Copper Chopper Raffle Ticket at the
Registration area located in the Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery on the Main St. If
you have not pre registered, you will pay the $25 per person when you park your
bike, sign a ride release, get a wrist band and then go to the Registration room
to get your Shirt and Ride Pin per availability, but you will be guaranteed a
raffle ticket for the Copper Chopper.
Entertainment: Live Music and Vendors from 10 AM – 2 PM on Main
St. Cactus Moon will be serving a $7.00 breakfast special starting
at 8 AM. There are several restaurants and stores within walking distance of the
registration area within Mesa Riverview.
Ride: All riders will need to be back to their bike by 1:45 PM.
The ride will leave promptly at 2 PM and will be escorted by the
Arizona DPS for this 16 mile ride. The rows of bikes will be released according
to their time of lining up. The “Top 48” bikes who represent Arizona as being
the 48th State, will consist of Dierks Bentley, the Copper Chopper, State
Officials, Media, etc. will be staged on the Main Street in Mesa Riverview. When
DPS leads these bikes out all of the other bikes will follow in behind and the
ride will be underway. REMEMBER: This is not a race. The ride is only 16 miles
long and will move at a pace of 25 mph. Keep ample in front of the rider in
front of you.
: The route will go from Mesa Riverview to Dobson Rd., North to the Loop 202, West on the 202 in the HOV lane which will be
completely closed Westbound to I-10 exiting on 3rd St. We will then follow 3rd
St. South to Washington where we will turn West on Washington to 7th Ave. South
to Jefferson. Then West on Jefferson to parking on Jefferson next to the
Centennial Best Fest Celebration. Park on Jefferson and proceed to enjoy the
Centennial Best Fest. Click Here for Map of
We will be putting a rumble in downtown Phoenix like they have never heard
before. Should be a great moment to experience. Share the route
with friends and family so they can go downtown and view the ride.
: When riders reach the end you can walk around and enjoy
the Arizona Best
. At 5 PM everyone will line Washington street
where the Top 48 led by Dierks Bentley and the Copper Chopper will parade West
on Washington Street on their way to the Capital building where they will be met
by Governor Jan Brewer. At 5:30 PM there will be the Salute To Arizona program
where Governor Brewer will preside over the Salute To Arizona from the Capitol
building plaza. Dierks Bentley will address his home state crowd at this event,
but will not perform. This will followed by live entertainment Jerry
Riopelle, Michelle Branch and the Gin Blossoms.
I have been honored to serve on this committee for such an important event
and take my hat off to Mandi Wimmer, Deputy Director, Arizona
Centennial Commission who has worked diligently and tirelessly to make this Ride
and Centennial Best Fest Event come to fruition in all areas of the State over
the last 2 years. Congratulations on a job well done. Watch for us on the local
morning TV programs next week promoting this event.
Below are some links that you might want to explore for the upcoming
Tidbits and Updates:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THERE’S A NEW MOTORCYCLE MEGAPLEX IN TOWN
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Saturday, February 11th
Arizona Centennial Ride
Sponsored by the Law Tigers. Plan to attend this “Once in a
Lifetime” event to celebrate 100 years of Arizona Statehood will be led by
Dierks Bentley. SEE DETAILS ABOVE.
Saturday, February 18th
Lost Dutchman State Park Benefit Ride
. All proceed benefit the Lost Dutchman
State Park Directly. Registration from 9-11am at Superstition
Harley-Davidson 2910 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction AZ $15 Per person.
$10 for party only. Live Music by Pat Roberts and the Heymakers. If you can't
Make the Ride then Please jon us at the park for the Party! Help us keep
this State Treasure Open for years to come. Registration and Park donation
coming soon! If you wish to pre-register click
here. The first 100 ride registrants receive a FREE RIDE
Saturday, February 18th
Stubbs Anthem Hogs and Dogs
. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson invites you
to eat, drink, ride and have fun! Head up to Anthem H-D on
Saturday, February 18th, from 11am to 2pm, to take advantage of their incredible
TIRE SPECIAL! Purchase a rear tire and get the front tire for just a $1. Yes,
your read this right, visit anthemhd.com for all information and promotional
details. Be sure to take part in the FREE food and drinks while you wait for
your fresh treads to be mounted. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is located
at 41715 N. 41st Dr. Anthem, AZ 05086.
Sunday, February 19th
. Everyone Welcome! Bring a friend! Starts at 10:34
am (get there early for coffee, cookies, and a seat!) New Hope Community Church
- 251 N. Roosevelt St. in Chandler. (just East of the I-10 fwy, off of Chandler
Blvd.). CMA presentation by Kiven Hardison, AZ State Rep. Hear Pastor Eli give a
message that you wont soon forget! KLove will join us! Bring the kids, something
for all ages! Praise and Worship by Evidence of Grace (aka Dan and the Chicks)
Lunch provided by church after service! Homes available to stay Saturday night,
please call if you would like to provide a home, or need one to stay in! For
more information contact Kelly Hokit 480-369-3286
Sunday, February 19th
. Benefitting Phoenix Children’s Hospital - Heart Center $25 Single - $35 Couple - Registration and breakfast: 9am at Chuck
Franklin Law - 1920 E. University in Tempe. First 150 registered get ride
T-Shirts and Goody Bag. Kick stands up at 10:00 am - Heading for Mammoth Steak
House & Saloon - 4650 North Mammoth Mine Road in Apache Junction. Last stop
/ End Party : Chester's Harley Davidson - 922 South Country
Club Drive in Mesa. Sinister Industries' Bike Show, People’s Choice Car Show,
and Mark Brodie’s Celebrity Automotive Panel Auction. Whiskey Ranch BBQ; Pin up
Pastries, Vendors, Live music, Raffles, 50/50 and more! Gates open at Chester’s
- 10am-5pm. Gate Admission: Adults-$10.00 / Children 11 – up $5.00 / 10 and
Under FREE. For Sponsor or vendor information contact: Jules Elliott -
Sunday, February 19th
Soar for Wildlife
. This is the 7th year for this run and from the beginning
this has been a well attended event. You might have seen my
articles and photos about the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in the past. If
not, CLICK HERE for Photos and Story. This year
the ride will begin and end at Skunk Creek Flats located at 27201 N. Black
Canyon Hwy. Exit 219. Lunch, T-Shirt and Ride Pin to the first 200 riders. And
of course you will get to see some of the animals you are riding for at the end
of the ride. Registration from 8am - 9:00am (New ride route with more
curves-approximately 110 miles) Music, Raffles, Prizes. Single Rider: $30.00 or
Rider with Passenger: $35.00. More information, please call, 623-587-0139 or
visit the website at www.azwildlifecenter.net.
Friday and Saturday, March 2nd and 3rd
2nd Annual Checkered Flag
. This is a unique event put on by Alan “A.P.” Powell that incorporates
Motorcycles, NASCAR and Parties, all for one $25 ticket. The
Checkered Flag Run is a weekend in Arizona hosted by Phoenix International
Raceway, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, and The Radisson Hotel. The weekend
culminates with motorcycle rides to Phoenix International Raceway to watch
NASCAR Drivers tear up the track at the Bashas Supermarkets 200 NASCAR
Nationwide Series race, Saturday March 3rd, 2012. Here is the itinerary for the
Friday, March 2nd
Join us for the “Checkered Flag Run Kickstands Down Pre Bash”
at Chandler Harley-Davidson, 12 pm – 4 pm. Free Food, Cold Drinks, & Bikini
Bike Wash! Discounts on Service, Merchandise, & Parts!
CFR Meet and Greet at Airia Night Club at Wildhorse Pass. Live
performance by Honey Brown 6PM – 10PM.
Saturday, March 3rd
Checkered Flag Run at PIR. Bike Show and Entertainment 9AM –
Noon. Bike Show first place is $2000 Cash. Race Time 1PM – 4PM. The 3 Amigos
Tequila Leather/Lace Ball at Ovations Live! Show Room at Wild Horse Pass Hotel
and Casino 9PM – 2AM.
March 28th – April 1st
The greatest motorcycle event in the southwest, Arizona Bike Week, is fast
approaching! This growing rally promises to be, once again, bigger
and better than ever. The concert lineup at Cyclefest never disappoints
and this year is no exception. The party starts Wednesday, March 28th,
with hundreds of vendors, builders, distributors and manufacturers, offering all
the latest in equipment, parts, apparel and basically anything and everything
motorcycle related. You'll want to get there Wednesday in time for the Miss
Arizona Bike Week Pageant, followed by Quiet Riot on the main
stage, in the HandleBar Saloon. Other headlining bands throughout the week
include Puddle of Mudd, REO Speedwagon and Tesla, as well as a
special Sons of Anarchy cast member appearance. Concerts are
always included with your general admission pass at Cyclefest. There's on-site
RV and tent camping available. This is the best and safest way to enjoy
the party without worrying about the ride home but spaces are filling up fast,
so get your reservation made on-line soon. There's also a long list of nearby
hotels offering special rates to ABW attendees. Many of these hotels are
offering free shuttle service to Cyclefest, so you can drop off your ride before
you start partying too hard.
Over the next several weeks we'll be giving you a lot more
details about pre-rally events, rides, etc. You can also sign up for the ABW
newsletter at www.azbikeweek.com.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com
Facebook. New Easy to remember
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Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
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