A relaxing 350 kms journey through the back roads of southern Alberta saw me making my way into Bellevue, AB around 5:30 Friday.
I would like to thank Miles Hesselgrave for taking such good care of me. Once I got settled in at the Bellevue Inn (courtesy of Dave & Deb owners/ operators) Miles and I headed out for dinner and a movie. Afterwards we made our way back to the Inn and joined my hosts for drinks in the bar.
When they told me it was Karaoke night I was very skeptical about what the night would bring. I was pleasantly surprised. The DJ/host Lorin was absolutely amazing…..infact one of the best I
have heard. Also to my amazement most of the participants were also quite accomplished singers as well. I had quite a night meeting many of the locals. What a great, fun group of people they were.
Saturday morning saw the days activities begin with Miles, his son John and myself setting up for the events. I tried unsuccessfully to get my bike washed by the a couple of the locals who were washing their bikes at the wash station set up for those arriving into town from the highway.
Roughly 30 bikes arrived and most participated in the SHOW & SHINE. After the judging was complete it was time to sign up for the Poker Run.
This one was unique in that each participant was only given the route to the next card where in turn they would be directed to the following card. It was a bit of a “blind run” so to speak!
I was fortunate to have Kevin lead the way for me since I really had no idea of the area. Along the way we met up with another group also on the run and Kevin and I were joined by Paul.
We encountered periods of rain but not really enough to complain about; however, the coal dust on the road mixed with the rain made for some very messy bikes. It’s a good thing the Show & Shine was prior to the Poker Run.
Once back to the Bellevue Inn a local business had donated hamburgers and hot dogs for sale with all the proceeds going to THE RIDE FOR SIGHT.
Cindi and the girls from WITW Southern Breeze Chapter did their best to recruit participants into the Bike Games but sadly there was only one taker so this event was cancelled.
I am sure the cool and cloudy conditions contributed to the lack of participation. Everyone headed indoors for the results of the Show & Shine where trophies and medals were distributed.
1st Thomas Woitte - H/D FXSTC
2nd Richard Woitte - H/D FISTSE
1st Ken Fisher - 2007 H/D Deluxe Softail
2nd Ed Smith - 1988 D/D Softail
3rd Karl Mosby - H/D Super Glide
1st Jason Moore - Kawasaki Vulcan
2nd Wally Farfus - Suzuki C50
3rd Sean Bradley - Suzuki Intruder
1st Denise Dollz - 2006 H/D Street Glide
2nd Brent Dewart - 1992 H/D Electra Glide
3rd Dave Andrews - H/D Ultra Classic
1st John Hesselgrave - 2007 Yamaha R6
2nd A. Hermans - Kawasaki KZ1100
The winners of the Poker Run were:
1st Thomas Woitte
2nd Paul Vandervelde
3rd Rick Woitte
On Friday night at dinner I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Miles about his involvement with THE RIDE FOR SIGHT.
I am amazed at the amount of work Miles alone puts in to make this event happen. Here in his
words is a brief history of the event.
The Bellevue Motorcycle & Ride for Sight Awareness Day event was started 7 years ago to promote the Ride for Sight in Alberta held each June (this years Ride for Sight is Alberta’s 30th Anniversary being held June 22 & 23). People wanting more information or donation forms can contact Miles Hesselgrave, Crowsnest Pass Regional Coordinator Ride For Sight, www. rideforsight.com, Box 354 Bellevue AB T0K 0C0 or email
or phone 403- 563-0923 or Facebook group “Crowsnest Ride for Sight” Over the 7 years the event expanded to include a show & shine and poker run to help promote Motorcycle Awareness as well as the Ride for Sight.
Above: Poker Run scenery through the Elk Valley
The 2012 event brought out about 30 riders despite the cooler weather and rain showers. Hopefully 2013 will bring better weather. Riders came from as far away as Medicine Hat and the East Kootenay.
In all over $300 was raised for THE RIDE FOR SIGHT!
Miles and members from WITW Crowsnest Pass Chapter & Southern Breeze Chapter
Bikes lined up in front of The Bellevue Inn
Thomas Woitte’s entry….the attention to detail on this bike must be seen to be appreciated almost every bolt had a cover with a skull on it…