Cape Bre­ton Bike Rally roars

The event drew peo­ple from all over to see the bikes and riders who push them to ex­tremes

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY CHRIS­TIAN ROACH chris­tian.roach@cb­post.com

Mem­ber­tou was filled with large crowds and loud en­gines as the an­nual Cape Bre­ton Bike Rally con­tin­ued to pick up speed on Satur­day.

The event drew peo­ple from all over to see the bikes and riders who push them to ex­tremes.

Myrron Gert­man, 10, from Mon­treal was vis­it­ing fam­ily for a wed­ding but couldn’t wait to see the mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play.

“I re­ally like the big bikes,” said Gert­man.

His younger brother, Aviv Gert­man, was ex­cited to sit on one.

“I love be­ing on the mo­tor­cy­cles,” he said.

The event fea­tured a ven­dor vil­lage filled with dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, guided tours across the is­land, live mu­sic and five mo­tor­cy­cle freestyle stunt shows that in­cluded riders from Hal­i­fax-based team Stunt 902.

The stunt shows were a favourite of the crowd and fea­tured six riders do­ing dif­fer­ent stunts and tricks for close to an hour at a time.

“There’s a lot of safety is­sues with bar­ri­cades and stuff like that and sched­ule is­sues,” said Mike Mor­ri­son, who is one of the riders and an or­ga­nizer of the show.

Sam Dube, an­other mem­ber of Stunt 902, said do­ing events in com­mu­ni­ties in Nova Sco­tia are his favourite be­cause of the peo­ple.

“I love the hos­pi­tal­ity here. We do shows as far as Toronto and ev­ery place we go has a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere, but def­i­nitely when we come back to Nova Sco­tia — num­ber-wise, the shows aren’t as big as some that we’ve done — but when you hear peo­ple and kids over the roar of the bikes and in through the hel­met, you re­ally know they en­joy what we do for fun.”

Theshow in­volved dozens of dif­fer­ent tricks and con­cluded with fire and a burnout, which im­pressed fans like Chuck Ivy.

“The burnout at the end that blew out the tire and flames com­ing out of the ex­haust was amaz­ing,” said Ivy.

He added that the whole bike rally was great for Cape Bre­ton.

“This brings peo­ple to our area and money. It’s a great thing.”

There were ac­tiv­i­ties con­tin­u­ing on through­out the week­end, with the rally clos­ing Mon­day with a farewell ride to the Canso Cause­way.

CHRIS­TIAN ROACH/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mike Mor­ri­son, front, and Aaron Cameron per­form stunts as part of the M&M freestyle mo­tor­cy­cle stunt show at the an­nual Cape Bre­ton Bike Rally on Satur­day

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