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Patriots motorcycle rally

More than 100 riders gathered at the Tauherenikau Racecourse. PHOTO/SUPPLIED


The Wairarapa Road Safety Council, together with ACC, supported more than 100 riders from six New Zealand chapters of the Patriots motorcycle club at their national biannual rally at Tauherinikau racecourse earlier this month.

The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club is an international motorcycle club for all male and female serving and ex-serving regular and reserve Defence Force personnel.

Bruce Pauling, Road Safety Council Manager said it was great to work with the Patriots organisers, ACC and ‘the two bald bikers’ team of expert regional motorcycle training providers.

“Together with ACC, we set up motorcycle safety stalls providing safety initiative information and giveaways, and persuaded riders to register for ACCs’ flagship ‘ride forever’ courses, designed to give riders the strategies to keep themselves riding longer and safer on our roads.

Motorcycle crashes have been of huge concern over the past two years, both locally and nationally, he said, and agencies had been working hard to try and reverse the increasing trend of deaths and serious injuries from these crashes.

A motorcycle skills challenge between chapters was won by the Wellington team, headed by local, Tim Crum, who is also the Wairarapa Road Policing Manager.

Nathan Sargent, of Sargents Motorcycles in Carterton attended and provided free motorcycle safety checks.

Langlands and Fagans Motorcycles supplied prizes for the skills challenge.

For more information on ACC ‘ride forever’ courses, go to www.wairsc.org.nz or www.twobaldbikers.co.nz.


Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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