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Miles of Motorcycles kick off the Arizona Centennial

Arizona Centennial Ride

More than 5,000 motorcycles, stretching for over ten miles were treated to a glorious 80 degree day as they made their way from Mesa Riverview to Arizona Best Fest near the State Capital. Country star and Valley native Dierks Bentley and Paul Yaffe on his Arizona Copper Chopper  led the 16 mile ride, which was the largest organized ride in Arizona history. Riders from twenty states and Canada were represented in the ride.

Thanks to Cyclerides and the more than 50 volunteers that assisted in the event, registration and staging went as planned and the ride left exactly on time. From there, the ride went smoothly, other than a slight scare when two motorcycles collided on the 202 at Center Parkway. There is no word at this time about what caused the collision. Neither rider was seriously injured.

“Arizona is the only state we know of that has celebrated its Centennial with a chopper as the mascot,” says Representative Jerry Weiers Brainchild.

The ride committee, consisting of Barry Callaway, Jack Irving, Alan Powell, Marck and Bev LeResche, Ed LeClere, Edwin Leslie, and Reed Glick; are credited with making this once in a lifetime event a success.

Photo Credits:


  •  Bob Kenneavy
  • Cody Pendergast (8 yrs. old)
  • Pam Anders


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