Riders hit the road to start a conversation about men's mental health

Tim Maitland, Grant Nicholson, George Hancock and Wayne Richards are among the motorcyclists supporting the ride to raise awareness.
Tim Maitland, Grant Nicholson, George Hancock and Wayne Richards are among the motorcyclists supporting the ride to raise awareness.

Motorbike riders are encouraged to take to the road on October 12 to raise awareness for men's mental health.

The day long ride will see motorcyclists head through Eugowra, Canowindra, Cowra, Young, and Grenfell before returning to Forbes.

"The main reason for the run is to raise awareness for men's mental health and to get us blokes opening up and talking to our mate about how we are doing," Event organiser Grant Nicholson said.

The day begins early at 8am with registration at the Forbes Services Memorial Club's carpark including a community breakfast hosted by Forbes CanAssist offering bacon and egg rolls.

Following the day of riding, there will be a dinner and entertainment including a performance by Eric Grothe and the Gurus community breakfast before the ride starts at Forbes Services Memorial Club.

Mr Nicholson said there will be no cover charge to come down and inspect the bikes or for the entertainment on the night.

As well as the live entertainment, Mr Nicholson said they will be hosting a guest speaker from Beyond Blue who will talk about his experiences in the workplace and with depression.

The ride coincides with the first weekend of daylight savings and Mr Nicholson said everyone is welcome to come along.

Mr Nicholson said they wanted to start the riding season off with a bang and start discussions about mental health.

Registration to take part in the ride is $30 per bike and $50 for bike and pillion. Proceeds raised from this event will donated to Beyond Blue. The ride will depart Forbes at 9:30am and will begin with a lap around town with the community encouraged to line the streets to see the fleet of bikes depart.

The ride will also include a 'poker run' where participants are given a card at each major stop. The person with the best hand of cards when they return to Forbes will win $500 cash.

Mr Nicholson estimates they will return to Forbes between 4:30 and 5pm.

Beyond Blue's guest speaker is set to begin at 7pm. The live entertainment is set to begin about 8pm with support band Butterface.

Mr Nicholson said he would like to thank the generous sponsors who made it possible to run the event.

The sponsors he would like to thank include Forbes Services Memorial Club, Steele technology, Unique Cycle Service, Hazell and Field, Forbes Small Engines, Bernardis, JD's Glass and Glazing, Power tools plus, Bunnings, Wallace Bulk Haulage, T&M Tyres and Betta Electrical.

"Without their support it's impossible to run an event like this," Mr Nicholson said.