Varadero: The Ra­ce Ca­fe of Cuban Hog Ri­ders

EVERY SE­COND WEE­KEND OF FEBRUARY OVER THE PAST NI­NE YEARS, VARADERO BOASTS A PE­CU­LIAR ALLURE AS A TRA­VEL DESTINATIO­N AS IT REVS UP IN­TO CU­BA'S RA­CER CA­FE OF HAR­LEY DA­VID­SON RI­DERS, BOTH LOCALS AND FOREIGNERS

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Ow­ner or not of a clas­sic or mo­dern Har­ley-Da­vid­son (HD); ri­der or not of any ot­her brand; hip­pie, roc­ker, geek .... If you are in Va­ra­de­ro du­ring the se­cond wee­kend of Fe­bruary, you will not be able to ig­no­re the rev­ving sound of up to 5,000 rpm that is heard of­ten on the First Ave­nue, nor the re­la­ted mu­sic that fills up the park on 44th Street or the Non­na Ti­na mom-and­pop bis­tro, nor the vi­sual of the lar­ge and dis­tin­cti­ve bo­dies of the­se Ame­ri­can bi­kes that hudd­le in the pla­ce, af­ter co­ming from se­ve­ral pro­vin­ces of the country with fa­mi­lies that wear the cha­rac­te­ris­tic out­fits.

For ni­ne years now, Va­ra­de­ro has been the head­quar­ters of the Cu­ban hog ri­ders to meet and share with fo­reign friends who are re­pea­ting or arri­ving for the first ti­me. It looks li­ke the Ca­fé Ra­cer of Cuba - li­ke tho­se han­gouts whe­re En­glish roc­kers swap pla­ces - whe­re HD cul­tu­re is shown to be aut­hen­tic and en­du­ring.

From Ca­ma­güey to Pi­nar del Río, as well as from Canada, Me­xi­co, the Uni­ted Sta­tes and Puer­to Ri­co, the re­gis­tra­tions on this oc­ca­sion are from mem­bers of the La­tin Ame­ri­can Mo­torcy­cle As­so­cia­tion (LA­MA).

Ro­bert Henry, a Ca­na­dian who is in his sop­ho­mo­re at­ten­dan­ce, is sur­pri­sed that the Cu­bans arri­ve on their bi­kes from so far away, sin­ce he re­cog­ni­zes that gi­ven the ex­clu­si­vity and va­lue of HD, "I would carry it in a trai­ler to take bet­ter ca­re of it, that's how we do it in my country."

Per­haps the­re is a si­mi­la­rity with the ori­gi­nal story of the En­glish roc­kers, as the­re was al­so a pas­tor and a mass to bless the mo­torcy­cles, as well as so­cia­li­zing the Mo­torcy­cle Bi­ble among them­sel­ves.

Anot­her no­velty was the dra­wing con­test ca­lled "The Mo­torcy­cle of My Dreams", laun­ched by the Or­ga­ni­zing Com­mit­tee (OC) for the chil­dren of the Mar­tin Klein Schi­yer Ele­men­tary School, which shows the ap­proach of the HD ri­ders to the com­mu­nity, with the sup­port of the mu­ni­ci­pal go­vern­ment. The con­test hin­ges co­lla­bo­ra­tors in the hos­ting of the event, among which Be Live Ho­tels al­so stands out.

For Ber­nar­do Mar­ti­nez, a Cu­ban re­si­dent in the Uni­ted Sta­tes who co­mes every Fe­bruary to Ma­tan­zas no mat­ter what, this ap­point­ment of the hog ri­ders has been gro­wing and it's a on­ce-in-a-li­fe­ti­me op­por­tu­nity for spend va­lua­ble ti­me with friends who share the sa­me fee­ling of free­dom.

Li­ke the prac­ti­ces of the Ca­fé Ra­cer roc­kers, the­re we­re al­so ra­ces, but not com­pe­ti­ti­ve ones; just in the tra­di­tio­nal ca­ra­van to wrap up the event.

From 44th Street Park to La Ma­ri­na, the­re was a round­trip on wheels all over the Hi­ca­cos pe­nin­su­la.

On the web­si­te, www.har­lis­tas­cu­ba­nos­rally.com, the call for the 10th mee­ting is al­ready open, about which the or­ga­ni­zing com­mit­tee is plan­ning a big-ti­me event with a view to add mo­re bi­kes, as well as new friends from all around the world.

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