Poker faced riders wanted

Northern Rivers Ulysses Club members (l-r) Neville Gibbs, Ron Gaudron, Rolly Kajewski, Dino Polese, Bob Weston and Dinos wife Sharon want local bike riders to join in the fun of the Ulysses Poker Run.

The Ulysses Poker Run is on again on. A chance for motorbike riders to combine their love of riding with a round of poker, and raise money for charity at the same time.

This fun event is organised by the Northern Rivers Ulysses Club, a motorbike club for people over the age of 40 that sports the motto growing old disgracefully and one of the few clubs around where you get called junior until the age of 50.

The Ulysses Poker Run starts in John Crowther car park in Lismore on Saturday, September 9, where riders draw the first poker card, followed by two more cards at secret locations along the way. The card numbers are meticulously recorded by volunteers and when the final card is drawn at Kyogle Showgrounds, the best three poker hands win fabulous prizes. The locations are kept secret to deter riders from speeding (or cheating), as this is a day of fun, not reckless driving.

We are very safety conscious, said organiser and Ulysses Club member George Richey. Its not a race, its a fun day out and we dont want any accidents.

This year the Northern Rivers Ulysses Club has joined forces with the Gateway to the Rainforest Rally run by the Rotary Club of Kyogle in association with the Border Rangers Ulysses Club to allow the days fun to keep on going into the night. At the Kyogle Showgrounds there will be live entertainment, food, drinks, raffles and the chance to socialise with motorbike riders from as far afield as Canberra.

We used to get bikers who had travelled a long way and after the poker run they wanted to know what to do next, said George. By joining up with the Gateway to the Rainforest Rally, everyone gets the chance to camp out at the showgrounds and have a great night.

Whilst the Ulysses Club is for over 40s, the poker run is open to riders and pillions of all ages. The entry fee is $10, with proceeds going to the Arthritis Research Taskforce and the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Anyone who wants to join the poker run should muster at John Crowther car park next Saturday at 8am for a 9am start. For more information phone George on 6621 4224.

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