Overland Aventure Rally was a great success for the Turncycle Centre stand disc. People are already talking about next year!

The Turncycle display booth was set up at The Mohawk Inn in Cambellville for the weekend festivities. The parking lot was full of dual purpose motorcycles from all the major brands, vintage motocross,  Dakar rally racing motorcycles and even a amphibious car! Around 160 registered riders met to learn about the adventure riding lifestyle. Warren Milner a guest speaker from Honda Canada, spoke about issues of set up and how designers are always trying to compromise on horsepower, weight, and handling. Rene Cormier spoke about his 4 1/2 year trip around the world.

Saturday started with breakfast for the participants and followed by a riders meeting. Two routes were planned an off-road and road course, for motorcycles without knobby tires. GPS heading were downloaded to the riders on Friday night. We set off on an terrific ride on the road course, ending up in Belfountain, Hockley, Mono Centre, Glen Williams, and Grand Valley. Through the course of the stops, clues to the mystery challenge were set out.

Mid point of the days ride was the stop for lunch at the Grand River Chop House in Grand Valley. Super fast service and a cold drink and we were on our way back to the rally site for the start of the vendor booths at 3:00 pm. Followed by a great steak dinner on Saturday night, then back to the conference centre to find out who won the various donated prizes and listen to Jonny Harris from Murdoch Mysteries fame, do his take on things Canadian! The Turncycle Centre Stand Disc was awarded to Andrew Rourke as the overall winner of the OAR mystery challenge, way to go Andrew!! It came down to a tie breaker!!

The remaining night we were entertained by Simon Pavey on his Dakar desert racing and riding school adventures. Followed by Patrick Beaulé discussed his Dakar racing adventure in South America, and his preparations for the upcoming rally this year.


Shawn Baetz pictured here with Comedian Jonny Harris of Murdoch Mysteries series on CBC.