The guys and gals are riding their bikes into town this February, so get set to see plenty of shiny motorcycles in Mornington and around the Peninsula. Named after the Greek hero Odysseus — Ulysses to the Romans — who had a long journey home after the Battle of Troy, the Ulysses Club brings motorcycle enthusiasts from across the nation together and is all about travelling with mates. Its annual rally is happening at the Mornington Racecourse from Monday, February 25, until Sunday, March 3, and is a week-long celebration of motorcycles, caravans and RVs, so there will be lots of silver and black metal for the community to look at.
There are up to 25,000 members of this club, whose mantra is ‘grow old disgracefully’ and which prides itself on being a social club that brings like-minded people together for life. Media and PR co-ordinator Alf Dennemoser explains. “The club started in Sydney in 1984. There’s currently 130 branches across Australia with nine people on the national committee. All members are over 40 and the oldest are in their 80s. Lots of them still ride motorbikes, but for those who can’t there’s a caravan section of the club which brings them together. We’re expecting around 2000 people in February. There will be dinners with live entertainment each night and entertainment with food trucks during the day. There are also lots of local rides out in the community which give club members the chance to explore. I’ll be leading a couple of them myself.”
The Ulysses Club used to be a male-dominated club but not anymore. “It’s split pretty much right down the middle these days. Each branch also has smaller rallies throughout the year. The ladies are just as enthusiastic as the guys,” continues Alf. There’ll be a grand parade along Main St from 9-10am on Saturday, March 2, with the police at the helm too. Grab the kids to check it out for a taste of the riding life. There will also be a public open day on Thursday, February 28, so look out for notices in your area.
To find out more, log on to agm2019.ulyssesclub.org/Home.aspx and get your motor running.