Bikers Share Passion for Children

Members of the Maddox and Long families, including (left to right) Pam Maddox, Mallory Long, Jami Long, Andrew Long, Mike Maddox and Brian Long – along with hundreds of their friends in the motorcycle community – recently rumbled in to MCGHealth Children's Medical Center to present a donation of nearly $8,500 in memory of Kelsi Elizabeth Long.

Augusta, Ga. – More than 200 motorcyclists rumbled in to MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center during the Ninth Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. The ride is organized by Mike and Pam Maddox in memory of their granddaughter Kelsi Long, who had Down syndrome and was stillborn.

This year’s fundraiser brought in more than $8,500 in donations for critical care needs at MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center. To date, the fundraiser has provided more than $70,000 for the area’s only children’s hospital.

See Us; Save Us Ride Planned

Nine homemade crosses will stand in a vacant field in South Lubbock all day Saturday — one for each of the motorcyclists killed in Lubbock this year.

Deanna Jandrew and her friends painted white the 7-foot wooden crosses her husband made in the memory of their friend Christy Ann Winters and the other motorcyclists killed.

Nine homemade crosses will stand in a vacant field in South Lubbock all day Saturday — one for each of the motorcyclists killed in Lubbock this year.

Deanna Jandrew and her friends painted white the 7-foot wooden crosses her husband made in the memory of their friend Christy Ann Winters and the other motorcyclists killed.

But the field near 87th Street and University Avenue where Winters died last month won’t be vacant early Saturday afternoon, when hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to gather following a citywide motorcycle awareness ride.

Motorcyclists from all over the region will hit the streets at 11 a.m. Saturday, taking different routes throughout the city without a police escort to let Lubbock know they exist in traffic. They’re scheduled to ride on just about every single major street in Lubbock between 11 a.m. and noon.

“I want everyone in Lubbock to see the bikes so they can see how many are out there,” Jandrew said.

Devastated by the loss of her friend and outraged at the number of mounting motorcycle deaths this year, Jandrew set out on a mission to raise awareness for motorcycles in hopes of preventing future deaths.

“I started this because of Chris (Winters),” she said, but she added it has grown into a cause that she has come to realize is really important to many people and needs to be continued past Saturday’s awareness ride.

But the field near 87th Street and University Avenue where Winters died last month won’t be vacant early Saturday afternoon, when hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to gather following a citywide motorcycle awareness ride.

Motorcyclists from all over the region will hit the streets at 11 a.m. Saturday, taking different routes throughout the city without a police escort to let Lubbock know they exist in traffic. They’re scheduled to ride on just about every single major street in Lubbock between 11 a.m. and noon.

“I want everyone in Lubbock to see the bikes so they can see how many are out there,” Jandrew said.

Devastated by the loss of her friend and outraged at the number of mounting motorcycle deaths this year, Jandrew set out on a mission to raise awareness for motorcycles in hopes of preventing future deaths.

“I started this because of Chris (Winters),” she said, but she added it has grown into a cause that she has come to realize is really important to many people and needs to be continued past Saturday’s awareness ride.

Read the entire story at Lubbock Online


No Hands Rider Hopes for a World Record

Photo by Lad Strayer

Phil Comar of Adrian Michigan is hoping the Guiness Book of World Records will certify his attempt at the longest no-hands ride in history after he rode 300 miles Sunday October 10,2010 using only his knees and  body to steer his Harley-Davidson from Makinaw City Michigan to Sylvania Ohio.

Comar rigged up a special auxiliary gas tank to enable him to make the trip without stopping for fuel.  According to Visor Down, Comar was hoping to raise $4000 during the ride for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, in memory of his father, who died from the disease.