Killin clas­sic bike fans ready to ride

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES - Chris Marzella

A Killin group is mak­ing a bid to re­tain its world fundrais­ing record.

Last year 20 vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cle fans from Killin raised sig­nif­i­cantly more money per rider than any of the 500 cities that took part in the Dis­tin­guished Gentle­men’s Ride, a global event that raises money for prostate can­cer re­search and male men­tal health.

The 20 Killin rid­ers raised nearly £9000 or an av­er­age of £450. Around the world, £3 mil­lion was raised by 56,000 rid­ers, an av­er­age of around £50.

For this year’s event on Sun­day, Septem­ber 25, the Killin team is hop­ing to dou­ble the num­ber of rid­ers to 40 and main­tain its top po­si­tion by rais­ing around £12,000.

The Killin ride was started in 2016 by clas­sic bik­ing en­thu­si­ast Thomas Mur­phy, who will be turn­ing out with his wife El­iz­a­beth in their 1971 BSA 650cc Light­ning and side­car.

The Killin run ex­pects to at­tract a wide va­ri­ety of vin­tage, clas­sic and cus­tom bikes from man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Tri­umph, Nor­ton, BSA, Ve­lo­cette, In­dian, Royal En­field, Har­ley David­son and Rudge.

Their rid­ers will be dressed for the oc­ca­sion in tweeds, brogues, din­ner jack­ets, bow ties, cra­vats and ac­ces­sories such as open face hel­mets, gog­gles, mous­taches and pipes.

The Killin par­tic­i­pants will gather at 10am at the McLaren Hall car park and leave at 11am for a ride that will take them to Tyn­drum, stop­ping at the Cru­achan Dam, and then back to Killin. Clas­sic bike rid­ers have been in­vited to join in.

Thomas said: “Killin has em­braced the Dis­tin­guished Gentle­men’s Ride with enor­mous en­thu­si­asm and we are proud that we raised so much money per rider.

“Hope­fully we will raise more money this year and main­tain our sta­tus as the ride that raises more money per rider than any other lo­ca­tion.

“Just as im­por­tantly though, the DGR of­fers par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors a great day out en­joy­ing the clas­sic bikes and fancy dress.”

It of­fers a great day out en­joy­ing the bikes and fancy dress

Record break­ers Thomas and El­iz­a­beth Mur­phy

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