By Diana Olmstead
Photos By Diana Olmstead, Robin Hudson,Blackjack, Cassie Olmstead
On a gorgeous Friday afternoon, July 27th to be exact, the Quick Throttle crew rolled into Ocean Shores, WA to enjoy the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally.
The three-day rally takes place at the Ocean Shores Convention Center with activities spread throughout Grays Harbor County, Washington.
Since this event draws riders from all over the greater Northwest region who like to ride and explore their surroundings, ‘Bikers at the Beach’ set up a small satellite location in Westport, WA, a quaint little oceanfront fishing town about an hour’s ride away. A handful of vendors were on site, along with live music by Ripple Effect, The Lablez and Hillbilly Tendencies.
In addition to the satellite location they also created a cool game called the “Great Biker Challenge” which took place throughout the entire weekend. The premise of the game was to visit as many Grays Harbor County businesses as possible, who were participating in the challenge. The game introduced riders to businesses they may never have visited previously, and gave them a chance to win a grand prize.
The Quick Throttle crew had rooms at the Shilo Inn, one of this year’s rally sponsors. The hotel is conveniently located directly across the street from the Convention Center and sits right along the beach. The sunsets were amazing, their hotel rooms were nice and clean, their hot tub and pool was open 24/7 and they offer an onsite restaurant and full-service bar.
Inland the temps were in the upper 90’s so the cooler but nice ocean breeze was a welcome relief for many. From what I heard, every hotel, motel and condo in Ocean Shores was booked to capacity, mainly with those arriving on two or three wheels.
After we unpacked our gear we headed over to the rally which was in full swing. All types of motorcycles and trikes were pulling in and parking. The Bikers at the Beach registration booth, located just inside the Convention Center, was busy selling registration wristbands and rally shirts, tank tops & hoodies.
The vendors were all set up and busy selling and promoting a wide variety of products and services, including motorcycles, biker apparel, jewelry, tie-dye shirts and dresses, pins & patches, knives, patch sewing, sunglasses, kids apparel & toys, etc. There was a bike blessing booth, along with several food trucks offering hungry and thirsty rally attendees a wide array of food and beverage options. I believe all together there were about 75 vendors (a 25% increase from last year) both inside and outside the Convention Center.
In the back corner of the main parking lot entrance that borders Chance A La Mer Ave, a fenced-off 21 & over beer garden was jam packed with riders drinking an ice-cold brew. The beer garden offered up a great vantage point to the outdoor stage. Adjacent to the beer garden a set of bleachers was set up for anyone wanting a place to sit while listening to the bands play throughout the weekend. We hung out, caught up with a few friends we hadn’t seen for a while and listened to the Retro/Active band belt out a few songs.
At 7pm vendor row closed down so we headed off to get a bite to eat at a local restaurant.
For the early risers, a motorcycle parade began in Hoquiam at 10am. Approximately 250 riders made their way back into Ocean Shores, out to the Oyhut Bay community and then back to the Convention Center.
From 11am until 6 pm, four amazing, bad ass, stunt teams performed! Everyone loved watching them too! A special thank you to the guys who risk life and limb all in the name of motorcycle sportsmanship: The Seattle Cossacks, Tenino Drill Team, One Wheel Revolution and Kyle Sliger Stunts. You guys rocked it!
In addition to the stunt team performances there were plenty of other fun and exciting things happening – from 12-4 there was a bike show which featured nine categories and Best of Show. Over forty bikes of all makes and models, from gorgeous to ratty, entered this year’s show which was sponsored by Magic’s Custom Cycles out of Spanaway, WA. Brad Hall the owner is a highly respected bike builder with numerous motorcycle trophies and awards under his belt.
Congratulations to the winners of this years Bikers at the Beach Bike Show:
Bagger – James Burles
Street Cruiser – Jerry Penor
Sportster – Rich Dubrul
Vintage – Allen Brown
Rat – Robert Cominos
Custom – Dan Smith
Trike – Allen Schumacher
Paint – Keith Brown
Metric – Charles Daunis
Best of Show – Jerry Penor
Not far from the stage where The Harrison Band and The Motors Band were rocking out, a Bikini Bike Wash took place and it was all for a very special cause – to raise funds to train a service dog for an adorable three-year-old girl with type 1 diabetes.
At 3pm, the bike games began. I recognized all of the participants as I see them compete in bike games at many motorcycle events… and they usually win! It just goes to show you that practice does pay off! This year the riders and passengers competed in the Obstacle Course, Slow Race, Toilet Toss, Ball Drop, Water Balloon Catch, Ball on Cone and the hilarious Weenie Bite contest.
Saturday night riders had many options, there were small but fun event after-parties at the Pine Tree Bar and Grill in Westport and in Ocean Shores at the Oyhut Bay Seaside Village Amphitheater; or you could hang out at any number of local establishments, your hotel, beach house or campsite. The choice was up to you!
On Sunday, there was a 10am church service inside the Convention Center put on by Harbor Faith Riders, CMA.
237 bikers took part in the first ever Great Biker Challenge! The top winner’s name was announced, who earned 930 points – Congratulations to Joe Ballard who took home $500!
Surprisingly the Convention Center vendor area was still bustling with activity until about 2pm with riders continuing to shop and eat.
Wrap Up & Thank You’s
Every person that I spoke with said they were happy to support and attend this year’s Bikers at the Beach motorcycle rally and they plan to return again next year… with a few more friends rolling into town next to them! Event attendance has consistently climbed each year, this year it was estimated that over 11,000 people attended the 2018 ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally.
The ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally was made possible because of the support they received from their 2018 sponsors. A huge thank you goes out to the following sponsors who believed in and supported this event: Northwest Harley-Davidson, Quick Throttle Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Pacific Commons, Psycho Wear, Magic’s Custom Cycle, Oyhut Bay, Shilo Inns/Ocean Shores, WA, The Canterbury Inn, and the Pine Tree Bar and Grill in Westport.
A special thank you goes out to the Christian Motorcycle Association – Harbor Faith Riders Chapter, and the Ocean Shores Convention Center staff.
The ‘Bikers at the Beach’ organizers wanted to share this message with our readers “We would like to thank all of the riders who came out and supported us. We have worked very hard to build relationships with riders all over the Pacific Northwest. We welcome all types of street legal motorcycles and men, women and families. Please remember that by registering for this event it enables us to grow year after year and give back to our chosen charities.
We’re happy to report the great success of our first ever Great Biker Challenge. We had nearly fifty Challenge stops throughout the county. Westport businesses were a major player this year with most of the stops. We had extremely positive feedback from the participants who played for a chance of winning the $500 cash prize.
If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to bring your friends and attend next year’s rally! If you have any questions, or are interested in becoming a 2019 Sponsor or vendor please go to www.BikersAtTheBeach.com”