NORTH DUNDAS — Kickstands went up at 8:30 a.m. in the Nation’s Capital this morning for hundreds of motorcycles that are set to thunder into North Dundas for some local hospitality at two sites today, including the grand finale gathering.
Dozens of North Dundas volunteers are ready host the annual Telus Ottawa Motorcycle Ride for Dad at a new poker hand stop in Morewood this morning and their wrap-up lunch event later this afternoon at the Joel Steele Community Centre.
The township scored a coup last year by luring the Ride’s concluding shindig away from its previous Ottawa venue in favour of the Winchester arena site. This year, that success has been topped with the addition of the Morewood stop. The bikers will briefly rumble through the parking lot at that village’s Community Centre before resuming their 200 km-plus journey southward through Chesterville — already alive this weekend with its Art on the Waterfront festival — and beyond, before ending up in Winchester.
North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser says he and other hosting committee members — and those many volunteers — are “stoked” to see the arrival of all that chrome again in North Dundas today.
That collection of two-wheeled iron is on the road today as a fundraiser for prostate cancer research.
Winchester has become a prostate-cancer-awareness hotspot in recent years, hosting annual free PSA clinics at Winchester District Memorial Hospital with the support of Ride for Dad and another locally based initiative known as the Black Walnut Prostate Cancer Support Group.
The North Dundas Chamber of Commerce has also helped coordinate a small vendor fair in the grass outside the final stop in Winchester (registration is closed to participate in the vendor fair) and will be handing out promotional kickstand pads to the riders.