Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

11th Annual Christian Biker Workshop

Written by  January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 3, began with a thick blanket of fog covering the southern part of the Kansas City metro area. In spite of the low visibility bikers sharing a passion for their religious faith as well as an enthusiasm for motorcycling found their way to the campus of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary for the 11th Annual Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by Cycle Disciples M/C. For the third time, the event was held in the Langmade Room, a facility well suited for a gathering like this. Coffee and donuts were provided by the host club. Attendance was down a bit from the previous year, most likely due to the weather situation, but there were more than 20 people present representing several different groups such as the Christian Motorcyclist Association and Heart of God Fellowship.

After an opening prayer, Teddy Bitner, a.k.a. Colonel, kicked off the program with a welcome and announcements. He gave a short presentation about the various educational opportunities available at Calvary. Next on the agenda was a discussion concerning Security on the Road led by the Colonel. His main points were as follows: Accident Avoidance, Situational Awareness, Securing Your Bike, Securing Your Stuff, Personal Protection, and Take Care of Yourself. There was good audience participation, and lots of ideas were brought out on every topic.

Ken “UGA Dawg” Breedlove gave a presentation about the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, a group of vets from all branches of the U.S. armed forces whose mission is to support and defend those who have defended our nation and our freedoms. Ken talked about the organization’s history, logos, requirements for membership, and various activities in which the association is involved. He announced that the CVMA will have its national gathering in Kansas City June 24 through 27, and participation is open to all for the weekend events with the exception of the official meeting. The association’s event website has much more information..

A calendar of upcoming events was presented and updated with additional events known to members of the audience. There was also discussion of ways for Christian biker groups to network in order to better support events of interest to all. It was agreed that the Cycle Disciples would create and maintain a website and Facebook page for this purpose.

Next was Bill McCormack’s annual presentation about one-on-one ministry. Bill has a world of experience in the biker culture and in ministering to those in need. His genuine love of people and compassion for those with needs (spiritual, psychological, and financial) really comes through as he speaks, plainly and earnestly. Bill is an inspiration to all who hear him.

Every year the Cycle Disciples present the Kickstand Award to an individual or group in recognition of significant contributions to the Kansas City area motorcycling community. Previous recipients of this honor include Ralph Wayne Blackmore, Guy Girratano, Kim Suter, Bill McCormack, Ray Worth, Richard and Connie Kephart, the Patriot Guard Riders, 101 the Fox radio personality Slacker, and Reverend Bob Kaps who is pastor of the Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri. The 2015 award went to the Kansas City Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, a group dedicated to providing a better and safer environment for abused children. Several B.A.C.A. members were on hand to see Thrasher accept the award for the organization. We at Cycle Connections congratulate the very worthy recipients of the 2015 Kickstand Award.  

We appreciate all who took part in the program and thank the Cycle Disciples for hosting the event. Every year, the Christian Biker Workshop is an informative and inspirational experience and a great way to begin a new year.

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com