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Well, Hearts to Heroes 2006 is now behind us. I would like to thank everyone who attended this year that helped to make this a very special event. At 8am the bikes started rolling in through the flag draped entrance. The program started promptly at 10am with our tribute to our armed forces. You can click here to play this 2:00 video. The program went a little longer than I had anticipated, but sometimes you have to go with the flow and let the unplanned and unexpected have their moments. We then had the colors presented by the Marine Corp. color guard followed by the National Anthem by Erin. We then had 12 youngsters from the "Stars" soccer team recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" for us.
I announced to the crowd of about 1500 that this was not a political event. This next hour was to focus on the needed support for our troops that are currently fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and to honor our Veterans that have already served our Country. Regardless what you feel about this war, these guys are over there fighting to preserve our right to have our own opinions. We need to support them as they do their job and defend our freedom.
A lot of times we are judged by what we wear, what we say and what sticker we might display on our bumper. Sometimes those outward signs might not tell the whole story. For some people, doing what we are doing here today can be mistaken for being just a "pro war" rally, and not simply gathering to support our brothers and sisters who are "at war".
No one wants war, we can all ask questions of our politicians, but ultimately "History" will tell us if any war is right or wrong. Regardless what we think of the reasons for war, we always need to support our soldiers in the battlefield. Watch this video by Chely Wright. She really tells the story of being a troop supporter very well. The song is called Bumper of my SUV. Click Here to view.
Next I had the honor to spend some time with one of our young soldiers a couple of weeks who had just returned from Iraq after being blown up by an IED. His name is Pvt. Daniel Stackhouse. I was humbled to hear his story and honored to be in his presence. This experience made me realize how "out of touch" I am with our what are Soldiers are going through over there. It has made me work harder to do the best I can for all of those who are sacrificing to defend our country from terrorism. Click Here to watch Pvt. Stackhouse's story.
I once again brought back Jonnie and Brookie, now 11 and 13 years old, to sing the song "American Tears". And they once again ended this song with a standing ovation from the crowd.
We were then on to Margy Bons. When I heard about Margy Bons story I felt I had to interview her and let her tell her story. I can't imagine what it must be like to get the knock on your door with the news that you have lost a child to war. But Margy has persevered and has become a very active volunteer for Packages from Home to give as much comfort as she can to all of the other men and women that are still in harm's way. Watch Margy's story.
World War II Veterans. I felt that I had to do a tribute to our World War II Veterans for a few reasons. One reason was that if it wasn't for their courage, this Country probably wouldn't be where it is today. The second reason is that most WWII Veterans are now over 80 years old and I don't know how much longer we are going to be able to honor them in their presence. And lastly, because my Father is a WWII Veteran and I wanted to take this opportunity to personally honor him for his service in the Navy over 65 years ago. This was a very emotional moment for me to stand on the stage with all of these Veterans and give my Dad a hug. Click Here to Watch the video.
Vietnam War. I grew up watching the reports of the Vietnam War as a child on TV and seeing how these Men were treated as they returned. I had personally talked to Vietnam Veterans who had been spit on, had tomatoes thrown at them and cursed at for serving their Country. I really felt this was a time to focus on these men and give them the welcome home that most of them have never gotten. So I played a video to honor their service and then in an impromptu moment had them all come up in front of the stage so that everyone in the building could give them the welcome home that they had never gotten.
For those of you that were there, I think you will agree that this was an incredible moment when well over 100 Vietnam Veterans got out of their seat and came forward for a rousing round of applause from everyone in the building. In my opinion, Vietnam Veterans are every bit the heroes as any other Soldier that has ever served our Country. I talked to some of these guys later that said this was their first "Welcome Home" in 35 years. I think everyone would say that it was a privilege for them to honor these Vietnam Veterans. I'm glad I was able to do this for them. God Bless you all. Click Here for video.
Erin then performed the song "Not too far from here". That was a good song to end this Tribute on. Click Here to view.
We then ended the program with an Armed Forces tribute called "Dear Daddy" followed by an all Veterans Tribute to the song of Lee Greenwood's, God Bless The USA. Pastor Don Wilson then closed us in prayer and we were on our way to GCC for the conclusion of the event. Click Here to view Pastor Don's close.
There were a couple of Korean War Veterans that felt slighted that I did not mention that war. It was not that they were forgotten, it was just that my time allotted did not allow for that. I apologize to all of the Korean War Veterans for not addressing them specifically. Next year I will have a tribute to those Veterans. Please accept my apology, I did not mean to lessen the importance of all that gave their lives in that war.
We were then escorted by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in what might have been one of the smoothest rides I have ever been on. We ended at GCC with some words by Mike Broomhead, Congressman Trent Franks, Kathy Lewis from Packages from Home and USM Col. Smith. We also had a satellite phone call from USM Major Tom Marble greeting the crowd from Bahrain. At 1:00 we had six sky divers jump into the football field each carrying flags from the branches of service. Erin then closed us out with some music to end the day.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended this ride and helped with this event. And thanks to Pastor Don Wilson and the CCV staff, the R.O.C.K. riding group from CCV, the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office, Dave Whitten of Packages from Home and the many others who contributed their time to make this happen.
As I said at the event, my prayer is that I won't need to do this again next year, I hope that all of our troops will be home safe and sound by that time. But if they are not, I already have some big ideas for next year. As I always like to say, "my accomplishments are only limited by my dreams". And my dreams are big for next year's Cyclerides.com Hearts to Heroes. We still have shirts available for individual purchase for $10 each. Click Here.
We also thought it would be a good idea to send some of these shirts to the troops to let them know what we are doing here to support them. If you are a company, or an individual that would like to buy some of these shirts to be sent to the troops, you can write a check directly to Packages From Home and receive a tax deduction. They are $10 per shirt and you could buy 10, 20, 50 or more shirts that would be sent to Iraq in your name or the name of your company and could include a note or card of well wishes from your employees. All proceeds would go to Packages From Home. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org of your interest and I will give you a call back to discuss.
Thanks again for your support.
As usual, there were a lot of good pictures. I have posted 159 of them.
Click Here for pictures from the event.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chester’s Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate—not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. Now riders in the far East Valley can enjoy a great Thursday Bike Night, thanks to Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill! Ride up on your bike between 7pm and 10pm and receive a FREE hamburger! That’s right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Don’t miss out on the great prizes you could win from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff and the large dance floor is always open. Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or Spirits at 480-986-5572.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio for what I call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic bottles and $2.00 Jacks. There are always a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located right next to Genesis Custom Cycles on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Every Saturday and Sunday
The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the "Hog Pen" at The Roadhouse, the Hottest New motorcycle patio in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. Now Featuring a new Breakfast Buffet from 8am - Noon on Saturday and Sunday and Live Music on the patio every Sunday from Noon - 4pm! Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There is plenty of new concrete motorcycle parking right out front. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Thursday: Live Music with "Todd & Ethan" 8:30pm - Midnight
Friday: Live Music with "Furious George" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "The Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Afternoon: Live Music with "Dok and Gal" Noon - 4pm
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 5-9pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular menu.
Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Arizona Bike Week Events
Friday, March 31st.
Superstition Harley-Davidson Rev-Up Weekend Superstition Harley-Davidson is the place to be on March 31st! The party gets started at 4pm and Rev’s-Up at 6pm with a FREE concert from KMLE Country artist Harry Luge. Ride in, visit our new showroom, enjoy free food, beer garden with $3 Bud and Budlight, storewide specials, and live entertainment. Did we mention KMLE Country 108 will be on site giving away great prizes, concert tickets and more! It's all part of Bike Week Rev-Up Weekend – don't miss it at Superstition Harley Davidson!
Saturday, April 1st: That V-Twin motor is Rev'd up again
at Superstition HD April 1st from 10am-4pm. The
rockin' roll crew from KSLX 100.7 will be on site with prize and giveaways. Don’t miss the FREE live concert by
the Visitors from 2pm-4pm. You won't want to miss the bike wash or the FREE BBQ! The party doesn’t end here,
join us at Spirits Bar and Grill for more fun starting at 4pm! Spirits is your official East Valley Bike Week Destination
spot! Come celebrate with $1.99 Bud & Budlite bottles, $1.75 Coors and Coorslite with giveaways and prizes
from both Bud and Coors. $2 basket of fries, $3 Combo plates, and $4 Sloppy Joes. $5 cover at the door and
you get your first drink…ANY drink on the house for $1. Don’t miss the Jim Bean Girls with $2 shots and The Hossman
DJ spinning your favorite tunes all night long! Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in
Chester's Harley-Davidson 1st Annual Backstage Biker Bash. It's that time of year again and Arizona Bike Week is back in town! Friday, March 31st from 3-10 pm, it’s Chester’s First Annual BBB, the Backstage Biker Bash! Enjoy great food and throw back some cold ones at the beer garden with the Tilted Kilt girls, and if lady luck’s on your side, take a shot at winning big with the Ladies of Harley 50/50! We’ll also have live on stage Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars at 4:30pm, followed by the 80’s rockers, Metalhead at 7pm! Top it off with the Xtreme Bike Makeover drawing (must be present to win), and you’ll see why it’s a party you don’t want to miss! Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
8th Annual Hacienda Harley-Davidson Kickstart Party. The party only Rick could throw! KICKSTART PARTY 5-11pm at HACIENDA HARLEY-DAVIDSON BUELL, FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR ALL HACIENDA WEEKEND EVENTS Click Here! BE A STAR in an upcoming documentary! See yourself live! on TV from the party. The 8TH ANNUAL and ORIGINAL! KICKSTART of BIKEWEEK ... HACIENDA'S KICKSTART PARTY to raise funds for the Colter & Associates Foundation. It's the biggest, baddest BIKES & babes, VENDOR ALLEY - BOURGET TO BIKE BUILDERS, BATTLE OF 5 BANDS - Hacienda house band; Desert Saints, special performance by JOHNNY BULLDOG, lead singer Credence/CELEB SIGHTINGS/EVERYTHING MOTORCYCLE/FASHION SHOWS/BABES/TRICK RIDERS/ FILM CREW AND SUPER silent turn live AUCTIONS (bid ONLINE right now - walk away with a signed! Rolling Stones guitar!! or try to WIN A HUMMER, NEW BOAT AND 2 HARLEY'S!! More pretty/party goers per square inch -like no other. FREE ADMISSION, BEER GARDEN COMPLIMENTS OF BUDWEISER. Secured Motorcycle Parking OUTRAGEOUS VIP PARTY IS A $100 donation to Colter & Associates Foundation-8:00pm-11pm- limited to 250 tickets. Your ticket could be worth $1000- the private elevator goes up with PATRON AND BUD, EL PASO BBQ, SANTA BARBARA CATERING-private hosts-Law Tigers, Von Dutch, 944 Magazine. Hacienda Harley is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-905-1903.
Saturday, April 1st.
Buddy Stubbs 40th Anniversary Big Party. Last year, Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson brought you Evel Knievel. This year plans to be even bigger and better to rev-up Arizona Bike Week. Inside our onsite 24,000 sq.ft. beer garden, we’ll be entertaining you all day starting at 11am until 10pm. Flying in just for our 40th Anniversary party is Branscombe Richmond. You’d remember seeing him in the popular TV show called Renegade with fellow friend Lorenzo Lamas. Expect to be blown away with his show, he will be performing on our main stage that evening. Also a big thank you to our sponsors that make it possible – Patron Tequila, Hensley Anheuser-Busch, Cave Creek Roadhouse Restaurant, and the Havana Honey Girls.
Preliminary party highlights to wet your appetite:
Meet the Havana Honey Girls , Phoenix Sun’s Cheerleading Squad, 2 Fashion
Shows with a Harley® twist, Motorcycle Stunt Shows, BBQ Pits serving up lip smackin ribs, chicken, & burgers
Budweiser, Bacardi & Patron Margarita’s, Live top bands performing all day starting at 11am
Vendors and much more!
Sunday, April 2nd
This is annually one of the biggest parties of the week. Come by and see the inner workings of Paul Yaffe Originals. If you like lots of "Bling Bling" motorcycles and a high energy party, ride over to Paul Yaffe Originals located at 2211 E. Indian School Rd. to party with Paul Yaffe from Noon - 5pm. View the awesome collection of PYO Bikes. There will also be Cars, PYO Girls, Beer, Food and Music from The Western Bone Cleavers all the way from Salt Lake City, one of Paul's favorite bands. At 5pm the party moves, along with the band to the Billet Bar at 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. where there will be more live music with The Western Bone Cleavers and the exciting atmosphere of the Billet on Scottsdale Rd. Don't miss one of the biggest parties of the weekend. If you haven't been in year's past, ask someone about it. Click Here for Details.
The Cave Creek
Spring Festival at The Roadhouse. Sunday, April 2nd The Roadhouse is throwing the party of all parties in Cave Creek. They
are fencing in half of the parking lot and converting it to party central. Live Bands all day from 11am
- 7pm, Food-Drink Specials, Free T-Shirt Giveaway, Motorcycle Parking. Huge outdoor venue. Take a ride to
Cave Creek and enjoy this HUGE PARTY! Print out flyer for discount.
Trifecta at The Steel
Horse Saloon. Sunday, April 2nd, The
Steelhorse Saloon Presents the 10th annual Trifecta Custom Bike Show & Blowout.
The valley’s top builders show their latest creations. Live music featuring the valley’s hottest bands. Southwest
Arm Wrestling Championship, food, liquor, beer, and vendors. For pre- registration to enter show, Gates open
at 10am Sunday, April 2nd. Giveaways from Budweiser, and more. A BIG TIME PROMOTIONS EVENT. Info: 602-942-8778.
Sunday April 2nd
Drink, eat, and ride in the streets of Sugar Daddy's. Come show off your bike or check out the competition while eating, drinking, and listening to live music. Enter your bike in the Custom Bike Showdown to see who is the best of the best. ALL DAY - ALL NIGHT. Our delicious Sunday Brunch starts off at 10am with live music on the patio starting at 11am and going till 2am Sunday, April 2nd at Sugar Daddy's located on Scottsdale Road, just north of Thomas. You won't want to miss this party. For more information call 480-970-6556 or visit www.sugardaddysaz.com.
Tuesday, April 4th
Scottsdale Tuesday Night Party. This is always one of the most fun and well attended events of the week. Starts on Craftsmen Ct. in Old Town Scottsdale 6pm at Acme, Dos Gringos, the Venue and The Billet Bar on Scottsdale Rd.
Dos Gringos. ARIZONA'S BEST PLACE TO DAY
DRINK has gotten even better. We are closing off Craftsman Court for
bikers only. Three HUGE patios to relax on, including a rooftop patio. Dos is the perfect place to relax and grab
a drink after a long ride so come join the party on Tuesday, April 4th. Dos Gringos Scottsdale 4209 N. Craftsman
Ct. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Phone: 480-423-3800. www.dosgringos.com
Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. Special motorcycle parking for Tuesday night and all of Bike Week. 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-941-1876. www.azbilletbar.com .
Saturday, April 1st
Colter and Associates Ride. Join us for the 5th Annual Colter & Associates 100+ mile Poker Run, sponsored by Hacienda HOG 97. Come and join us Saturday, April 1st Registration from 8-10am, with pancake breakfast, registration is $25/person, includes commemorative ride shirt and pin to the first 250 participants. We'll ride the scenic Valley and stop at the Community of Joy, the place where the Colter & Associates Foundation Teen Center is to be built this year, official groundbreaking to be on April 20th, 2006. Each ride participant will help us break ground on the Teen Center, you've helped us to raise the money to build it, what till you see what your support has brought to our community. Spend the day with Hacienda Harley-Davidson and the Colter & Associates Foundation- a great poker run for a great cause. Top hand wins a $1000 shopping spree at Hacienda Harley-Davidson, many prizes and surprises…..We thank you for your continued support……..Hacienda Harley is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-905-1903.
Sunday, April 2nd
3rd Annual Arizona
Discovery Ride. It's
Time to Ride! Join Superstition
Harley-Davidson and co-sponsor Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson and Buell on April 2nd for
the 3rd Annual
Register the day of the ride only at Superstition Harley-Davidson between 7:30AM and 9:00 AM. $15 single rider/$25 double. The first 500 people to register will receive a two-part ride pin! The entry fee includes a pancake breakfast at Superstition Harley-Davidson and lunch and live music at
Chandler Harley-Davidsons 6th Annual Sunshine Acres Charity Poker Run to Tortilla Flat. This is an excellent ride. An unforgettable 100 mile scenic ride will bring you thru the Superstition Mountains to the last surviving stage coach stop on the Apache Trail. Experience old fashioned western hospitality while donating to a very worthy cause. 100% of entry fee goes to Sunshine Acres Childrens Home in Mesa - which will be a poker stop. SA provides for the needs of children who are separated from their families. They have been operating strictly on private donations for over 38 years. Ride Registration : 10-noon ENTRY FEE: $20 DONATION pp includes breakfast, lunch, souvenir pin, raffle ticket for over 100 prizes, entertainment, and an ending celebration at Acme Roadhouse. Pre-Register at Chandler Harley from 3/3 thru 4/2 and get a FREE AZ Bike Week RIDE T-SHIRT. For more information call: (480) 755-5281. 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. (east of I10 at 56th St. & Chandler Blvd).
Wednesday, April 6th
Wednesday Riding For Kids. This is one of the best rides and most attended ride of the week. Proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish, Faith House, and Ronald McDonald House. In its 6th year, this 250 mile ride is through some of Arizona's most spectacular scenery. Poker stops in Anthem, Grand Canyon H-D in Mayer, Cliff Castle Casino, and The Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry and along the Beeline Hwy. Registration and sign in from 8-9:30am will be at Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley Davidson, 13850 N Cave Creek Rd. All registered riders will receive ride pin, poker run sheets, lunch at Grand Canyon H-D in Mayer, ride day entry to Cyclefest at WestWorld and admission to the FOGHAT Concert that evening. Awards, raffles, prize drawings, live music, and post ride party included.
March 30th - April 2nd
Cycle de Mayo's 2nd annual event presents "Bike Stock 2006" at Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina. The event starts March 30th and ends April 2nd. The gates open on Thursday at 3:00pm, every other day at 10:00am. Speed Channel host Russell Mitchell from the television show "Build or Bust", will be at Cycle De Mayo. Come see his semi full of custom choppers. Musical guest will include Mogollon, Danny Rhodes and The Messengers, Big Mamma & White Bread, and Sturgis very own Randall Zwarte Band. Live music will be played all day. Our free stunt shows will include Rhett Rotten's Wall of Death, Ball of Steel Stunt Team, and Arizona's best street bike teams, AZ Stunters and 2 $ Bill Crew. Watch the smoke roll and smell the aroma of burning rubber during our burn out contest. The action gets hot with the bikini bull riding, bikini mud wrestling, wet tee shirt contest, biker fashion show, and lingerie fashion show brought to you by Dysfunction Dance & Dolls. The brewskies and spirits will be flowing from our sponsor Peoria's BFD's Sports Bars & Grill. All four days of the event is only $15.00, which includes a 24 hour parking pass to boot. Come join us at the lake, bring your boats, bikes, tents or campers and party hard at Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina. Camping is FREE! Check out event list on http://www.cycledemayo.com or call 602-229-2992.
Arizona Bike Week
Wednesday - Sunday, April 5th - 9th
Arizona Bike Week Cyclefest Begins at Westworld in Scottsdale, East of the 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Open from 10am - 1am. Vendors from 10am - 7pm. Cyclefest features Live Music every day in the Handlebar Saloon, Vendors, Demo Rides from Harley-Davidson, Yamaha and Kawasaki starting on Thursday. Headliner concerts featuring Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, The Guess Who and John Kay and Steppenwolf as well as many other good bands. Many other games and activities on the weekend. Pick up your guide to ride at the participating Harley Dealerships and Check it for times of events. There will be a $25 admission that will cover all 5 days.
Thursday, April 6th
Classie Lassie Ride. For the first time in Arizona Bike Week history, we are proud to announce the “Classy Lassie” ride for ladies only to benefit Arizona Institute for Breast Health. A 125-mile ride to elite establishments around the Valley. Sign-in 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at La Madeleine on Camelback Road and 32nd Street. Then to Dolce Spa & Salon (Chandler), the English Rose Tea Room (Carefree), DSW on Bell Road (Peoria), AZ Thunder Cycles (Scottsdale) ending at WestWorld where prizes will be given. Cost: $30 includes $20 raffle ticket for Survivor Bike raffled 4/9 in the HandleBar Saloon and entry into Cyclefest for the Blue Oyster Cult concert. Each lady receives a “goody bag”. T-shirts on sale for $17.
Friday, April 7th
United Mesa Firefighters Poker Run. 3rd Annual United Mesa Fire Fighters Poker Run benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and local firefighter charities. The event will start at Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction at 9:00 am on Friday April 7th and end at The HandleBar Saloon at WestWorld of Scottsdale for Cyclefest 2006. Registration is $25/rider and $15/passenger and will include event t-shirt and commemorative ride pin for the first 250 people registered. All registered participants will also receive free entrance to Friday’s events at WestWorld including a free concert by “The Guess Who”. Please join us and help support a great cause. Also, be sure to purchase your tickets for the United Mesa Fire Fighters Charity Bike Raffle at www.UnitedMesaFF.com. For more information call 480-678-1978.
Friday, April 7th
AHDRA Nitro Kickoff Party Custom Car and Bike Show. Join us Friday April 7th at Arrowhead HD and Chandler HD, for our AHDRA Nitro Rev-Up Parties! Stop in from 4:00 - 7:00pm for a meet and greet with this years racers and their drag bikes. Plus, join us for our Nitro Custom Car and Bike Show! CALL NOW TO PRE-REGISTER YOUR CAR OR BIKE AT EITHER LOCATION FOR FREE...spaces are limited! (480) 755-5282. 1st place winners will receive $100 HD gift cards, and 2nd place winners will receive $50 gift cards. Plus, all winners will receive People's Choice plaques! Join us for this free show, free pizza, drag bikes, and AHDRA racers! Pre-register your car or bike today! Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Center Dr. in Peoria (83rd Ave. and Bell Rd.) Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler.
Saturday, April 8th
7th Annual Torch Ride to Benefit Special Olympics of Arizona. Meet, greet, and support Arizona’s Special Olympians at the 7th Annual Torch Ride, Saturday, April 8th at Chester’s in Mesa! Pre registration online is only $20 dollars, and day-of registration is just $25. Sign in from 8-10am at Chester's located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Be one of the first 500 registered and receive a commemorative ride pin! We’ll also have a pancake breakfast, admission to CycleFest, and a live concert by John Kay and Steppenwolf! Best of all, RIDE TO WIN with your Torch Ride Registration, a 2006 XL 883 Sportster® courtesy of Chester’s Harley. Help us keep our Special Olympians in competition—your support and contributions are truly appreciated! *Winner of the 2006 XL 883 Sportster® is responsible for tax, title, license and applicable dealer fees. Winner will be drawn by Miss Arizona Bike Week on the main stage at CycleFest in the 7-8pm hour on Saturday, April 8th, 2006. Must be 18 years of age or older. Must be present at CycleFest to win and a registered rider of the Torch Ride. 480-894-0404.
Sunday, April 9th
10th Annual MDA Rally and Silent Auction. Celebrate the 10th anniversary partnership between Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, MDA, and Arizona Bike Week! Join us April 9th and be a part of Arizona's "Parade of MDA Heroes" with Jerry's Kids leading the Pack! Come out and help us beat last year's record, and raise over $12,500 for MDA. Arrowhead Harley will once again be hosting the ride and open house on April 9th. For a donation of $30 to MDA, riders will receive brunch at the open house, which also features a silent auction and MDA families. After brunch these heroes on Harleys will roll out on the escorted ride to Cyclefest at Westworld, where they will receive special parking and entrance to Cyclefest. Sign in from 10am - 12:30pm. Ride departs at 1pm. 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Center Dr. in Peoria (83rd Ave. and Bell Rd.)
Sunday, April 9th
Logan's Run. The ride to finish up bike week. This annually popular poker run is an unescorted ride that will take you on a 115 mile scenic ride through the desert and back to Westworld. The ride begins from Cyclefest at Westworld with sign in from 10am - 2pm. All bikes due back at 5pm. Entry fee is $20 per person which includes a complimentary dinner, with over 100 door prizes and payouts of $1000 Cash. Includes a commemorative Ride Pin to the first 500 who register. Free Sunday admission to Cyclefest for all participants. Mogollon will perform at the end of the ride. Portions of the proceeds go to Children in Need Foundation and AZ Bikeweek Charities. Pre register at Logan's Valley Motorcycles by April 5th and receive a free Logan's Run T-Shirt. 1440 W. Main St. in Mesa. 480-962-1700.
Saturday, April 8th
First Annual ALR Post 79 Poker Run. 106 miles, $5 per hand, unlimited hands. Sign in at the American Legion, Yarnell, Post 79, 22911 Lookaway in Yarnell from 9am - 11am. Last bike in at 2pm. High hand gets half of the pot. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, April 8th
Thunder In The Sky Memorial Rally Poker Run. Registration 8am at Marine Corps League, 216 E. 29th St. in Tucson, AZ. Rider Registration $15 includes T-shirt and 1 raffle ticket. Passenger $5. Run ends 12pm. at Wagon Wheel Post, 6803 S. Sandario Rd., Marana, AZ. Memorial service at Marana Airport 1:00pm. Celebration immediately following. More information at 520-664-0116.
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As for me this week, I will be taking in ALL of the Arizona Bike Week kickoff parties this weekend. And also participating in the Tuesday Night party in Scottsdale and the Wednesday 250 mile ride for kids. Hope to see you out and about this week.