Is Drumheller “Canada’s most Rider Friendly Com­mu­nity?”

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Patrick Ko­lafa

Drumheller is known for many things, but one that is un­de­ni­able is that the scenery, the roads and the ser­vices for mo­tor­cy­clists are ir­re­sistible.

From week­end war­riors to char­ity ral­lies and club get to­geth­ers, hardly a sum­mer week­end goes by that the rum­ble of v-twin isn’t heard on the road in the val­ley.

Could Drumheller be Canada’s most Friendly Com­mu­nity?”

Nom­i­na­tions are open for the 2016, Canada’s Most Rider Friendly Com­mu­nity con­test, spon­sored by Com­mu­nity Fu­tures and the Rider Friendly Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

Linda Buchamer of Top Rocker is a mem­ber of the Rider Friendly Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and be­lieves that Drumheller could eas­ily be con­sid­ered for the con­test.

“We are known as a rider friendly com­mu­nity, so why wouldn’t we pro­mote our­selves like that?” she asks.

“We have re­ally nice scenic routes, we are within a hour and half of a lot of ma­jor cen­tres so it’s a nice day des­ti­na­tion,” said Buchamer. “We have the river, we have the val­ley, we have wind­ing roads, we have Bad­lands, and we have a lot to see. And there is the at­trac­tions that you can see along the way.” “Rider She says Top Rocker as a busi­ness fo­cuses on visit­ing rid­ers.

“We are a des­ti­na­tion, and that is our sole fo­cus, but there are lots of busi­nesses in town that are rider friendly, even if they are not rider spe­cific,” she said.

This year they hosted a rally on April 30 (in sup­port of Bran­don Hall), which at­tracted 165 bikes and 300 rid­ers. They also hosted the In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Ride Day on May 17 and had 110 par­tic­i­pants. They also hosted the spring and fall Can­non­ball Run Ral­lies which brought in be­tween 200 and 400 rid­ers at each event.

The Last Chance Sa­loon and the Rosedeer Ho­tel has al­most be­come a pil­grim­age for mo­tor­cy­clists. Paula Suther­land says there are plans to sub­mit a nom­i­na­tion. This sum­mer, along with the lo­cally or­ga­nized Mo­tor­cy­cle Mad­ness’s they have had vis­its from a num­ber of groups.

“The Drumheller Val­ley, any­thing I hear from rid­ers, it is not only scenic, but there is enough to of­fer rid­ers, with some of the lo­cal ven­dors,” she said.

To sub­mit a nom­i­na­tion, go to Rider­friend­ly­con­test.ca. Nom­i­na­tions opened on Septem­ber 17 and they close on De­cem­ber 31.The win­ning com­mu­nity will be an­nounced on May 4, 2017.

This is the sec­ond an­nual con­test. Last year Two Hills, Al­berta was the win­ner.

With the nu­mer­ous rider friendly busi­nesses, great scenery and fun roads, could Drumheller be named Canada’s most bike friendly com­mu­nity?

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