Motorcycle enthusiasts are banking on three times being the charm, as Drumheller is back in the running in the Canada’s Most Rider Friendly Community Contest.
This national contest is a rural tourism initiative of the Rider Friendly Business Association and is sponsored by Community Futures of Alberta. It lets Canada pick what they believe is the most rider friendly community in the country. Up for grabs is a multimedia-marketing package valued at $35,000 and of course, bragging rights.
Last year Drumheller shined in the Western Canadian final, but fell to Port Alberni by just over 100 votes. Port Alberni went on to win the contest.
Owner of Top Rocker Linda Buchamer explains that Drumheller is back in the contest, and it appears to be by popular demand. There were 13 nominations for Drumheller as well as one for Rosedale submitted. This demonstrates the support is still strong.
“I guess it is game on, we’ve been nominated, we’re not going to ignore it,” said Buchamer. “We came really close, and for the size of our community, the support this town had for it was amazing.”
Port Alberni has a whole lot more people than us and we lost by 135 votes.”
The contest has three phases. There is a provincial final, and then a regional final for Eastern and Western Canada, and then the national final.
Through each of these phases, supporters are able to go www.riderfriendlycontest.ca and vote.
The provincial contest is underway with voting from March 29 to April 14, and the competition is fierce. Alberta has the largest number of entries including well-known rider destinations like Niksu and Lloydminster.
“We can’t get complacent from day one. We have to stay engaged, have to stay on top of it and have to be excited,” she said. “It benefits all of Drumheller. Bragging rights alone would be good, but $35,000 of free marketing, I’ll take that.”
“On average we get 500 to 1,000 bikes a week through Drumheller during riding season, so I’m not surprised 13 people nominated us.”
This means until April 14, supporters can go to www.riderfriendlycontest.ca and vote for Drumheller to get the community through the first round. Supporters are able to vote once a day. The top five will go on toe Western Canada regional.
“Port Alberni said they would put their support behind us this year because they were so impressed, they did not expect that kind of a race from us, we earned a lot of respect.”