Riders enjoy the scenery from Chateau to plateau

By ILONA HANNE

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Around 150 riders and pillions took on more than 150kms of windy, twisty roads, hills and tight corners on Sunday as they took part in the 9th Chateau to Plateau ride.

Jeff Morgan, president of the Toko Lions who are organisers of the popular event, says they were delighted with the large turnout.

We had brilliant weather for it, not wet, but also not too hot considering everyone is wearing motorcycle gear.
Jeff Morgan, president - Toko Lions

Starting at The Chateau in Ruapehu, riders set off after the safety briefing for a ride through what has to be some of the country's best scenery.

Stopping at Whangamomona for lunch, the riders then continue their ride to the the plateau on Mount Taranaki. Riders and pillions then head to the War Memorial Hall in Stratford for evening refreshments and a prizegiving.

"It isn't a race in any form. The focus is on enjoying the magnificent scenery and catching up with friends," says Jeff.

The event is the Toko Lion's fundraiser for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust.

"We have raised nearly $85,000 for them over the years," says Jeff. Next year's ride will be "bigger and better so make sure you tell all your friends and put it in your diary now".

Next year will be the 10th year of the ride.

"And more importantly it is also the year we celebrate 40 years of Toko Lions, as well as 100 years of Lions International, so we have three great things to celebrate".

Jeff says the event can only run thanks to the generosity of a range of sponsors.

"We really appreciate all the sponsors of the event, as well as all the volunteers who give their time to help us ensure the event runs smoothly. Thanks also to all the riders who come along and enjoy the trip."

- Stratford Press

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