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30 years and still riding

Hundreds of bikers flock to Castaic Lake for 30th annual Love Ride

Posted: October 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A couple attending the 30th Annual Love Ride rolls through a corridor of motorcycles parked at Castaic Lake Sunday. Photo by Jim Holt.

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The 30th Annual Love Ride was an expression of love all around - love of music, love of bikes and the love of coming together on a beautiful day by the lake for a good cause.

So, when Jackson Browne closed his set on stage at Castaic Lake Sunday with a version of “Born To Be Wild,” the 60’s reference resonated well with the howling, whistling, foot-stomping leather-clad crowd of thousands.

Bikers like Steven Manier and Angie Greenwell, of southern Illinois, were among the hundreds of bikers who made the trek to Castaic Lake from Glendale Sunday morning.

“I’ve been to every single one of these, every since I was seven,” said Manier, of the Ugly MC motorcycle club who flew into Burbank from Illinois just so he could be part of the Love Ride pack of bikers making the Love Ride pilgrimage.

For Jamie Rooker and Dottie Pickering, of Torrance, attending this year’s Love Ride marked a milestone in their life-long friendship.

“We’ve been through so much together,” Rooker said, squeezing to the front of the stage to see Jackson Browne. “Being here is so amazing for us.”

The two friends rode to the Love Ride five years ago and Sunday’s return visit was no disappointment.

“We saw Kansas play at the Forum when we were 13,” Pickering said proudly.

This year’s event featured regular attendee and Grand Marshall Jay Leno, along with Hollywood celebrities Robert Patrick, Lorenzo Lamas, Willie G. Davidson and, of course, the star of 60’s biker icon film Easy Rider, Peter Fonda.

The all-day party celebrates 30 years of fundraising events with proceeds going to the United Service Organizations (USO) to help support America’s deployed troops and their families. To date Love Ride has raised $24 million for charity in the United States, and the spirit of the Love Ride has expanded to include annual events in both Mexico and Europe.

Scores of food trucks and vendors selling T-shirts, leather vests, skull rings, beer and margaritas lined the hilltop overlooking at the stage by the lake.

The amount of funds raised this year will be announced Monday, officials said.
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