Two New Rides at Roar on the Shore

- June 12, 2014 - The 2014 Roar on the Shore® bike rally will feature two new rides — the Faith and Freedom Bayfront Ride and Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County Ride — during the rally, set for July 16, 17, 18 & 19, in the heart of downtown Erie.

“These newest additions bring the total number of rally sponsored rides to 10 over the course of four days — more than any other rally that we know of,” explains rally spokeswoman Tammy Polanski. “They are not only a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the open road, but also a critical component of fund-raising for this year’s charity St. Patrick’s Haven.”

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, the Faith and Freedom Bayfront Ride: A Ride with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania will be held, sponsored by PNC. The ride departs at 5 p.m. from St. Patrick’s Haven, 147 East 12th Street, located next to Dominick’s Restaurant in Erie. Riders will take part in a Blessing of the Bikes by Monsignor Henry Kriegel, pastor of St.
Patrick Church, and enjoy a scenic ride led by Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott and escorted by Erie police. The ride concludes at The Hub in Perry Square in time for the Kickoff Concert with Madison Rising, which is sponsored by Marquette Savings Bank, at the Country Fair Main Stage. Donations for the ride are $10 per bike. Organizers are asking anyone with a sidecar or trike motorcycle who can help take a Sister of Saint Joseph along for the ride to contact Roar® at 814/833-3200.

At noon Friday, July 18, the Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County Ride, sponsored by The Cab Bar & Grille, will take place at the restaurant, located at 5442 West Ridge Road. Riders will be treated to The Cab’s world famous pig roast and a raffle drawing for special prizes, including two backstage passes to meet John Kay and Steppenwolf for the band’s Friday night concert, sponsored by PNC, at the Country Fair Main Stage. The ride departs at 1 p.m. for a self-led, two-and-a-half-hour scenic ride to five covered bridges in neighboring Ashtabula County. The ride returns to The Hub in Perry Square. Donation is $10 per rider.

Other rides included in the rally are:  At 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, the Roar Through History Ride & Raffle will be held, sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Erie. The scenic ride gathers in front of the Jägermeister Stage in The Hub at Perry Square in downtown Erie to six historical sites located throughout Erie County. Riders will be given a self-guided map and “clue card” at registration with questions that can only be answered by visiting the selected sites. Completed cards will be placed in a raffle, and three lucky riders will win $200, $150 or $100 cash. Additionally, one lucky person will be randomly selected to win a $50 cash prize. Drawing is 8 p.m. at the Country Fair Main Stage. Donations are $10 per player or rider.

Also on Thursday, the annual Bringin’ The Roar Bike Parade will start with a pre-parade gathering at 2 p.m. and depart at 6 p.m. from Presque Isle Downs & Casino, located off interstate 90 at Exit 27 in Summit Township, making its way to Perry Square led by Grand Marshal Danny “The Count” Koker. Donations for the ride are $20 per bike. The ride is sponsored by Toyota.

On Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m., the Roar to the Microbrews Dice Run, will depart from sponsor Moe’s Southwest Grill, 2052 Edinboro Road, for a scenic 80-mile roundtrip ride along country roads to the Sprague Farm and Brew Works (Venango), Voodoo Brewery and Timbercreek Brewing (Meadville) and The BrewErie at Union Station (Erie). Riders will enjoy beer tasting and brewery tours and a chance to win $200, $150, $100 cash for the top three highest total scores. Additionally, one lucky person will be randomly selected to win a $50 cash prize. Drawing is Friday at 8 p.m. at the Country Fair Main Stage. Donations are $10 per hand.
Also on Friday, the annual Thunder on the Isle: The Mayor’s Ride, escorted by Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, will begin with a gathering at 3 p.m. and depart at 5:30 p.m. from sponsor Harley-Davidson of Erie, 3712 West 12th Street in Erie, for a 20-mile ride around Presque Isle State Park. Donations are $10 per bike.

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, the seventh annual Roar to the Vineyards Poker Run will begin departures at riders’ leisure from Off-Road Express, 10320 Wattsburg Road, to tour six award-winning wineries — Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Burch Farms Winery, Lakeview Wine Cellars, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, Courtyard Wineries and Arundel Cellars & Brewing Co., a new addition for 2014. Donations are $10 per hand. Cash prizes of $200, $150 and $100 will be awarded for first, second and third place. Additionally, one lucky person will be randomly selected to win a $50 cash prize at 8:10 p.m. Saturday at the Country Fair Main Stage.

At noon on Saturday, riders also will gather for the Lake Escape: A Beer for the Deer Legend Ride at Hunter Jacks Bar & Grill, 10100 Ridge Road, and depart at 1 p.m. for a one-hour ride along Lake Erie to Geneva on the Lake’s Sportster Bar and Grill. The ride is sponsored by Roth Cadillac. Donations are $25 per bike and will include lunch. Limited to 200 bikes.

Also, at noon Saturday, the third annual Ladies Only Ride will depart from sponsor Off-Road Express West Kawasaki/Honda, 9070 Peach Street, for a leisurely, 90-mile roundtrip scenic trip to Pymatuning State Park — where more than 300,000 visitors come each year to feed the fish and view the wildlife. Riders will enjoy a complimentary ice cream cone at the Pymatuning concession stand. Includes one raffle ticket (per bike) for a chance to win Off-Road Express ladies biker swag. Donation is $10 per bike.
In addition, the 2014 Cruisin' the Coast contest kicked off Saturday, May 31, and runs through the four-day rally.

Participants can download their Cruisin' card at, obtain one from the Official Roar on the Shore® Pocket Guide at participating sponsor locations or pick up a card from the Roar® Headquarters tent for a chance to cruise their way into a cash prize of $300 (first prize), $200 (second prize) or $100 (third prize) by collecting stamps at five participating locations: Oasis Pub, Smokey Bones, Pine Junction, Elk Creek Inn and The Cab Bar & Grille. Riders must turn in their cards to the Roar® Headquarters tent in The Hub.

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