VetRide 2016 Service & Sacrifice ride to Canberra started yesterday morning from Seymour.
60 plus riders and dedicated support crew left on a sunny warm morning.
All riders and support crew assembled from about 8 am, at the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk, located in High Street at the junction of Emily Street and Tallarook Street, Seymour, on Monday 14th March 2016.
At approximately 9.00am on Monday morning, the Master of Ceremonies, Peter Meehan gave us all a brief outline of the day and welcomed the riders. Peter Meehan then welcomed the Victorian Minister for Veterans – Mr John Eren.
Mr Eren then gave a wonderful and thoughtful speech to the gathered riders and support crew and then introduced VVAA State President, Bob Elworthy AM.
Mr Elworthy spoke well about the ride ahead, physical safety on the road and mental strategies to overcome fatigue and mental blocks when facing the long roads to Canberra.
The Hon John Eren MP, Minister for Veterans and Shadow Damian Drum participated in the first leg and Jaclyn Symes MP conducted the wave off of the three separate pelotons a few minutes apart.
A wonderful, warm and sunny day allowed the riders to start their journey to Canberra – scheduled to arriving on Sunday 20th March with a Final Ride (17K) to Old Parliament House past Vietnam Memorial and Australian War Museum. Once they have arrived and completed the ride, the group will then sit down for a well earned break and the Ride Finish Ceremony and luncheon in MOAD Members Dining Room.
Good luck everyone! Safe riding.