Arizona Bike Week kicks off with 280-mile ride to benefit burn camp

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PHOENIX – After several days of pre-rally excitement, the 15th Annual Arizona Bike Week officially kicked off Wednesday.

Bikers from all over the Valley gathered at Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson to take off on a 280-mile ride that is the first official event of Arizona Bike Week. Scott Pasmore, of course, was there to take part in the Riding for Kids Charity Run, and he was in his element.

Wednesday’s ride started at Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson in Phoenix at 10 a.m., and, after winding through southern Arizona, will wrap up Buddy Stubbs tent at Cyclefest at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Proceeds from the ride go to Camp Courage, a camp in Prescott for young burn survivors.

Energy was high as riders prepared to head out, and the weather couldn’t be better for it.

As part of Arizona Bike Week, Cyclerides.com is hosting Westgate Bike Night in Glendale. Firefighter Ernie Lizarraga, who was badly injured in a horrific wreck that killed four other bikers along Carefree Highways just over a year ago, is scheduled to make his first public appearance, and possibly even join the ride.

Barry Caraway from Cyclerides.com said some 100 firefighters would lead Lizarraga in.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” Caraway said. “We’re going to honor [Lizarraga] and the fallen four.” That event gets under way at 7:15 p.m.

Cyclefest events and activities continue daily at WestWorld through Sunday, April 3.