Big Ride 4 Parkinson's takes fresh route through Mudgee

The Big Ride 4 Parkinson’s will make its way though Mudgee this year on Saturday February 18.

2017 marks the fifth year the charity motorcycle ride from Sydney to Parkes has taken place, and it comes with a change of route.

“We wanted to keep it fresh. A lot of the riders were saying they could almost do it in their sleep.” Big Ride 4 Parkinson’s organiser, Mark Atherton said.

We wanted to keep it fresh. A lot of the riders were saying they could almost do it in their sleep.

Big Ride 4 Parkinson’s organiser, Mark Atherton

It was decided in November that the Big Ride 4 Parkinson’s would take a different route, using the Bell’s Line of Road rather than the Great Western Highway.

The new route will have the riders departing from Fraser Motorcycles, Concord in Sydney around 9am.

They will be stopping in Lithgow for fuel, followed by Mudgee for lunch.

After a quick pass through Wellington, they will head straight for the Cambridge Hotel in Clarinda Street, expecting to arrive about 4pm.

The charity ride will be raising money for Parkinson’s NSW, where it will be used to support people living with Parkinson’s through their infoline, counselling, nurses in homes and other services.

Around 100 riders will mount their bikes for the event, including Mark and Angry Anderson himself.

“Angry Anderson’s great, he does this for us every year,” Mark said.

The festivities will continue into the night at the Cambridge Hotel with Big Ride 4 Parkinson’s regular, Angry Anderson performing a set.

Local band the Red Henry’s will be performing too.

All are welcome to attend to support Parkinson’s NSW and the riders.

There will be opportunities for people to donate to Parkinson’s NSW.

“It would be great for people to come along,” Mark said, who’s encouraging locals to support the riders.