Here comes the sun

pixlr

On Sunday, October 16th, we held a REAL MEN Bikes N’ Burgers event. The ride, 60 kilometers in total, started at Chedoke Golf Course and was broken up mid-way by a barbecue at the Wood’s farm in Lynden.

As we started out, there was some talk about the weather and how much rain we might encounter. It was overcast, but whatever was going to come our way, we were determined to reach the Woods’ farm and enjoy some burgers. Heading out along the trails towards Highway 52, we had a good number of guys stretching out and staying dry. A few sprinkles of rain was not going to dampen our day! New riders were enjoying the route, and returning riders knew they’d be hitting Powerline Road soon, where the views would open up and bike wheels would glide on the hard asphalt roads.

Many riders opted for the shorter route this year, joining the ride at Highway 52, and a larger pack headed out from there towards the Wood’s farm. Still no sign of significant rain. Arriving at the farm, riders were greeted with refreshments and snacks. There was time to hang out and meet other guys who had driven out to the farm by car, and the chance to enjoy the food and entertainment.

M.C. Matt Morrison was entertaining and got the crowd involved in riddle-solving games that had everyone talking and laughing as they enjoyed the burgers. Our chefs for the day did a fantastic job at providing food for all, and everyone ate their fill. Jeff Anderson shared what REAL MEN Hamilton is up to in the city and all about the bike drive in June, which provided bikes for 54 kids at Hess Street School. There will be opportunities to take part in a similar bike drive in Spring 2017 at Adelaide Hoodless, so if you would like to volunteer or donate, we would love to hear from you.

To cap a great time at the farm, Eric Savard shared his story of how a marriage can be restored. He talked openly about how he turned from a life of self-gratification, alcohol and drugs, to one of commitment to his marriage and family. Giving all the credit to Jesus Christ, Eric articulated his struggles and victories.

The winners of the door prizes, a feature of all REAL MEN events, were awarded gift cards for The Works to enjoy a burger on their own time (with or without their bike), and then the riders took off back to Hamilton.

The ride home was a pleasure. The sun finally put its hat on, and we rode the 30km back to Hamilton in fine weather, feeling full and satisfied.

Bike Drive

Bike Rack

REAL MEN Hamilton making a difference! This Spring, we’ll be partnering with a local Hamilton school in a Bike Drive, fixing up and giving bikes to kids. We’ll need bike donations, helmets, locks, and committed volunteers. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join us and help out. To find out more, email us today.

Bikes N Burgers Recap

collage

The second Annual Bikes N Burgers was a blood pumpingly, burger munchingly great day! Around 100 bike and burger lovers converged on the Woods Farm, in Lynden on a warm Sunday afternoon in mid-September. Some were riding the full 50km, others 25 km, and some did a swift 5km ride.

Other guys drove out to enjoy burgers, locally grown corn, and the sight of sweat soaked riders pulling in as they soaked up the sun. The ride from Chedoke golf course out to Lynden was beautiful. Emerging from the tree tunnels of the rail trail and onto the open roads and fields around Powerline Road was a great visual contrast.

REAL MEN HAMILTON put on a great spread and over 200 burgers disappeared. Last year our motto was, “No man left behind” as some guys wavered on the ride. This year it was, “No burger left behind” as everyone ate their fill. The door prizes were won by Frank and Jeremy – congratulations guys. Enjoy the spends at Free Wheel Cycle and Marshalls.

If you want to join in regular rides, contact Matt at realmenhamilton@gmail.com. We ride until the snow hits!

 

– Jamie Wood

 

Bikes N’ Burgers

BikesNBurgers2014

 

Mark your calendars for the Real Men Bikes N’ Burger event coming up on Sunday, September 14th. We’ll meet up to go for a great bike ride with a mid-ride stop at the Wood’s Farm for a BBQ before riding back.

This year we’re going to have three starting points! Simply choose the route that is best suited for you:

  • 50KM round trip (starting at Chedoke Golf Course, lower lot)
  • 25 KM roundtrip (starting at Hwy #52/Rail Trail parking lot)
  • 4KM round trip (Starting at Lynden United Church parking lot).

If you’re not a rider, plan on driving and meeting everyone at the farm for the BBQ. Cost is $5 per person.

Sign Up Here