Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

14th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

Written by  July 17, 2016

Following the 2016 event, the Consolver family posted the following notification that there will be one more official Ride for Ryan in 2017.

“A Final Farewell:

It’s been a great 14 years. A tragedy turned into a celebration, community event, and fundraiser to help so many. For those who do not know, Ryan Consolver was 24 years old when he had a tragic motorcycle accident in K.C. The dreaded knock on the door came as his family was getting ready for Church. Plans were to later that day have their annual family reunion. Plans changed. God had something different in mind. That day, August 11, 2002, changed so many lives forever. Change isn’t always bad, and a lot of times can be good. The process and adjustment is hard. There have been many, many good things happen. The idea of the ride came during a discussion of wanting to do something for Ryan’s birthday in June. He loved motorcycles; he loved parties; and what better way to honor him than by doing a memory ride. The first ride was an organized cluster.   Who knew it would have resulted in 301 people coming? One scholarship was awarded.

Year after year, months and months of planning and organizing, getting more volunteers on board, resulted in year after year successes. Thousands of followers, bikers from all across the U.S.A. saw spectators in awe as one of the largest motorcycle parades in NW MO roll thru St. Joseph and surrounding communities, the first weekend in June. A grand total of 175 students (were) awarded scholarships to further their education primarily in fields such as Engineering and Construction, following in Ryan’s footsteps. Wow, what a great legacy! All good things eventually come to an end. The family feels like it is time to lay the huge event to a rest. They will continue to meet to ride on the first Saturday in June, but there will not be a planned event any longer. Those who wish to join the ride are welcome. You will have to check Facebook or get ahold of a family member to find out when, where they will ride from. A free-will donation will be accepted to continue into the scholarship fund, and there will be more students awarded until the fund is exhausted.

The family would like to THANKS all the volunteers, bikers, businesses, and supporters they have had over the past 14 years that made this event so memorable. Mostly they want to THANK you for thinking of Ryan and keeping his memory alive.

Love always, The Consolver Family”    

The 15th and final official Ride for Ryan will be held the first weekend in June next year. On June 4, this year’s event began at St. Joseph Harley-Davidson and ended at Felix Street Square in downtown St. Joe. There were 160 bikes, and $25,000 was raised for the scholarship fund bringing the 14-year total to $175,000. The D.J. for the event was Tim Power. During the opening ceremony several of the scholarship recipients were introduced, Adrian Gray, a finalist in the Kansas City Royals search for singers, sang the national anthem, and members of C.M.A. and Tribe of Judah did the opening prayer and blessing of the bikes.   According to Ryan’s mom, Janis Consolver, “Hillyard Technical School students over the years have received many scholarships. This year they paid it forwards and back, by building us a playhouse to raffle! The lumber was donated by Garney Construction. Winner was Amy Vohl.“ The ride fee was $20 per rider/passenger, and riders under 15 were free. A bit after noon, all of the riders released colorful balloons, and the ride began with Ryan’s repaired and customized Harley in the lead, ridden by his brother. The route was slightly different this year, and the stop at Savannah Middle School did not include a meal. At the square, there were vendors, and live and silent auctions raised additional funds for scholarships. For the post-rally party, OxyMoron played at Ground Round.

One of the youngest supporters of Ride for Ryan is 4-year-old Parker Miller who won the prize for being the youngest to complete the entire ride (riding with his grandfather Harold Barnhill followed by grandmother Debbie). The day before, Parker was a passenger in a vehicle with his other grandparents Mark and Dovie Smith when they were hit nearly head-on by another vehicle. Thankfully, everyone survived. Even after experiencing this ordeal, Parker was determined not to miss Ryan’s ride.

The weather was very cooperative, and the 14th Annual Ride for Ryan was very enjoyable. Knowing the Consolvers, the final Ride for Ryan next year will be huge event and will close out the 15-year run with style.

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