It is now time for Drumheller and area to come together to prove it is the most Rider Friendly Community in Canada.
Drumheller is entered into the contest, created by Renee “Belt Drive Betty” Carbonneau and presented by Community Futures to name the most rider friendly community in Canada. Up for grabs is a $35,000 marketing package bragging rights.
Drumheller has already made it through round one, and now it is vying to be the Western Canadian finalists in the contest. Linda Buchamer of Top Rocker in Rosedale says Drumheller has some stiff competition, but also has a lot of this pulling for it.
“Now it’s west against the east. The east is in the finals, but the are three in the west that are competing,” she said.
These include with Drumheller, Part Alberni B.C., and Nisku, Alberta.
‘We are up against some stiff competition. Port Alberni has a huge run every year, with over 1,000 riders and Nisku is the home of Black Jacks, which is a big, big biker bar. That is the start and stop for Cannonball Run for Ride for Sight and Ride for Dad, some big runs,” she said. “It’s not like it's a cakewalk for us.”
This means that those who support Drumheller need to get out and vote online at www.riderfriendlycontest.ca. The website asks you to register and voters are allowed to cast one vote a day.
“The secret to winning is voting every day, and it is going to take that kind of push," she said.
Buchamer says while some of the other locations host some big rallies, Drumheller is more of an all summer destinations, with riders streaming in on a daily basis.
“We have several rallies and run through every year. We have more going on. We may not get 1,000 riders at a time, but we get 500. They do it once and we do it every weekend,” she said.
To vote go to www.riderfriendlycontest.ca and follow the links to vote.
“I’m a hoping people get behind it, the certainly did in the first round. We need to get through the second round and then after that, get through the final round,” Buchamer said.